Tradespersons’ parking permits

Tradespersons’ parking permits are short-term registration-based permits that allow:

  • a tradesperson to park in a designated commercial zone without the need to comply with the relevant time restrictions close to the property being serviced (up to 1 month only)
  • a tradesperson to park in a designated residential zone without the need to comply with the relevant time restrictions close to the property being serviced (up to 1 month only)

Refer to our Works zone page for information regarding tradesperson parking for long-term developments.

Read Conditions of Use

1. Trades Person Parking Permits are designed to enable Trades Persons to park in Residential Permit Zones and overstay certain time restrictions provided the vehicle is parked as close as possible to the residence to which the permit is issued within the specified boundaries. Permit use is not valid in locations remote from the residence even if within the permit area. The number of permits available is limited by permit area. Permits are issued by area for administrative purposes only.

2. Permits are only valid when being used to complete on-site works at the property to which they are issued. They are not for private/personal use at any time.

3. The issue of a permit is at the absolute discretion of Council and does not guarantee the availability of a parking space outside the property or even in the street. Permit holders are expected to park legally at all times.

4. Permits must be hung from the rear vision mirror in the plastic pocket provided. Permit details must be clearly visible to a person standing outside the vehicle at all times. Permit holders must produce their permit for inspection at the request of a Council Authorised Officer. Permits MUST be removed from the mirror when driving.

5. Permits must not be transferred or sold to another person. Permits must not be duplicated in any way.

6. Trades Person Parking Permits do not apply at any time to:

  • Primary/secondary roads (unless otherwise signed).
  • Off street car parks.
  • Ticket parking areas.
  • Parking zones of 30 minutes or less
  • Clearways, loading zones, street sweeping permit zones, or where prohibitive (red) signs are in force.
  • Outside or adjacent to non-residential and commercial premises. This applies to any point at the front, back and sides of the building. The ground floor purpose of the premises determines its commercial status. Residences that are above a business are not exempt from this restriction.

7. Faded or illegible permits must be replaced. Replacements will be issued on return of the original permit to Council. Lost or stolen permits will not be replaced.

8. The use of parking spaces may be suspended by the members of Victoria Police or by Authorised Council Officers where emergency situations arise.

9. All permits are the responsibility of the person to whom they are issued. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to ensure that other users are aware of, and adhere to, the conditions of use of permits. Parking Infringement notices issued as a result of lack of knowledge of the permit conditions or permit misuse will not be waived.


Applying for a tradespersons’ vehicle occupation permit 

Commercial areas

A tradespersons’ vehicle occupation permit is available for builders in commercial streets that do not require a full works zone but are inconvenienced by the parking restrictions.

How do I apply for a commercial area permit?

You can apply in writing to Council's Liveability and Compliance Unit via email or phone 03 8290 1333.

When submitting a permit application, you must include:


Permit occupation fee per car space / day (Mon - Fri, 7am - 6pm): $50

Residential areas

A residential tradespersons’ permit is intended for works of a minor nature in residential properties; it is not available for commercial or retail properties. 

These permits allow short-term parking and are issued for up to four weeks only, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Limits apply to the number of permits that can be issued per residence.

How do I apply  for a residential area permit?

Submit your application in writing to our customer service team via email or phone 03 8290 1333.

When submitting a permit application, you must include: 

  • a fully completed application form(PDF, 27KB)
  • proof of residency, if you do not already have a resident’s parking permit
  • a letter from the resident confirming that the tradesperson will be carrying out works at the property (if the application is made by a tradesperson).


Residential tradesperson's parking permit fee per month: $33.


How long will my application take to process?

Tradespersons’ parking permit applications will be approved within the following time frames:

  • 3 business days for tradespersons’ vehicle occupation permits
  • Upon payment at Council’s Service Centre for tradespersons’ residential permits.