Parking - tips and rules for safe and legal parking

Safe and legal parking tips and tricks.

  • Read all signs - regulated parking areas are clearly sign posted to advise motorist of parking requirements for that particular area, paying particular attention to multiple signs and time restrictions.
  • “No Parking” areas can be utilised for drop off and pick up zones where the driver does not stay longer than 2 minutes and is within 3 metres of the vehicle.
  • Be aware of signage changes as some timed zones may become School Zones, Clearways, Transit Lanes or Bus Lanes.
  • Do not stop at anytime in a No Stopping zone, Clearway or Bus Zone.
  • Only park in a Loading Zone if your vehicle is principally designed for the carrying of goods. Sedans are not permitted at any time.
  • Disabled Zones are designated for vehicles with a valid RTA Mobility Parking Scheme permit, which has to be displayed clearly on your vehicle in the correct manner (the penalty is excess of $430).
  • Do not park within 10 metres of an intersection without traffic lights.
  • Ask a Council's Rangers for assistance or advice regarding parking rules - they are only too happy to provide assistance and advice, directions and general information about parking related matters and Clarence Valley Council.

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No stopping sign

No Stopping

The NO STOPPING sign means you are not permitted to stop unless traffic conditions require it (e.g. in a queue of traffic). These zones are created for public safety. Dropping off of passengers or goods in these zones is an offence.

Bus zone sign

Bus Zones

A driver must not stop in a BUS ZONE unless the driver is driving a public bus, in the course of a paid regular service.   

Taxi zone sign

Taxi Zone

In a TAXI ZONE, you are not permitted to stop unless you are driving a TAXI.

No parking sign

No Parking

The NO PARKING symbol means you may stop for a maximum of two minutes. The driver must be in attendance of the vehicle and not more than three metres from the vehicle. This is to allow a vehicle to pick up or drop off passengers and good. (Eg dropping children off at school within No Parking Zones.)

Loading zones

Loading zone sign

Loading Zones are clearly signed parking areas set aside for short term use by certain vehicles when loading and unloading goods in the course of business or when dropping off or picking up passengers. Loading Zones are generally located in urban centres for the use of vehicles principally designed for carrying goods. Loading zones may apply during certain hours only, or they may operate 24 hours.

Station Wagons and three-wheeled motorcycles (principally designed for carrying goods) may park in a loading zone for up to 15 minutes only. The majority of 4WD, hatchback and other coupe and sport type vehicles are not defined as a station wagon under the NSW regulations as they are not principally designed and constructed for carrying goods, and are excluded from being allowed to park in these zones.

These vehicle types are allowed to park for a maximum of 30 minutes in loading zones:

Truck, utility and panel van

These vehicle types are allowed to park for a maximum of 15 minutes in loading zones:

Station wagon and three wheeled motorbike

These vehicle types are EXCLUDED from parking in loading zones and include:

4WD, people mover and small suv vehicle

Any AWD or 4WD type of vehicle
Any type of people mover vehicle.
Any small SUV-type vehicle.



A vehicle must not stop within 10 metres of an intersecting road at an intersection without traffic lights unless a sign allows you to park there. This extends to 20 meters if the intersection has traffic lights.

Pedestrian and children's Crossing

pedestrain crossing
children crossing

A vehicle must not stop within 20 metres before and 10 metres after a childrens' crossing or pedestrian crossing.

Parking on footpaths, on and across driveways

Under Road Rule 208 it is an offence for a motor vehicle to stop on a path/strip in a built up area unless there are permissible parking signs or a hard bay surface constructed for the purpose of motor vehicle parking. It is also an offence to park on or across a driveway or other property entrance.

Council will exercise discretion in enforcing the rules in some streets where circumstances warrant such discretion.

Time limited parking areas

time limted parking sign

A time limit may be stated on permissive parking signs. This enables anyone to use the available parking area for a set period. The limited time is shown by a number beside the letter 'P' symbol (eg '1P' means one hour parking; '1/2P' half hour parking). Where the limit is very short (eg 5 minutes) the word MINUTE or MIN is shown with the number. Once the time limit has been reached the vehicle must leave the area.

(NOTE: The time limit displayed limits how long you may park in an area and does not refer to the individual parking space. Vehicles must leave the area (time zone) in which they are parked to comply with the time restriction.)


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