What is a Resident Parking Scheme (RPS)?

Willoughby City Council operates a Resident Parking Scheme that gives parking priority on the street to residents who cannot park on their own property. The Resident Parking Scheme allows eligible residents to obtain a parking permit to park without time limits in a Resident Parking Zone, in their Area. Resident parking zones are identified by parking time limit signs which display additional wording such as:

Permit Holders Excepted Area RA1; RA 16; RA 17; or RA 23

Why is there a need for the Scheme?

The need for a Willoughby Resident Parking Scheme is partly due to the numerous regional facilities and institutions contained within our boundaries. Given the pressure placed upon parking as a result of these attractors Willoughby City Council operates a Resident Parking Scheme in order to better cater for the parking needs of our residents.

What are the benefits of RPS?

The scheme gives preference to residents who live in an RPS area, where there is often competition for parking spaces with commuters or visitors to the area.

The applicable time restrictions (½P, 1P, 2P or 4P) will apply to vehicles without a permit, from 8:30am - 6pm Mon-Fri, encouraging the regular turnover of spaces and discouraging long term parking.

Eligible resident parking permit holders do not guarantee parking availability, but do provide a comparative advantage for residents.

What authority does Council have to operate the Scheme?

This Scheme, operated under NSW legislation, gives an on-street parking priority to eligible residents who cannot park on their own property. The Scheme allows eligible residents to obtain a parking permit to park without time limits in a Resident Parking Zone, in their Area.

Do I have to be a resident of Willoughby City Council to receive a permit?

Resident parking permits are only issued to residents for the parking area in which they live. Permits cannot be issued to businesses, non-resident landlords, hotel or hostel guests, or to the occupants of serviced apartments. 

Residents living in a multi-unit development approved on or after 1 May 1998, are not eligible for a permit under the Resident Parking Scheme. 

The Council has a Zone system for Resident and Visitor parking permit holders.  Permit holders will only be allowed to use their permits on any street within their zone number where the signage states 'Permit Holders Excepted Zone (number)', for longer than the hourly restrictions on the sign.

Who is eligible for a permit?

If you are a Willoughby resident living in a RPS area, you may be eligible to apply for a Residential Parking Permit for up to two vehicles. The number of permits you may be entitled to depends on whether you have any off-street parking spaces on your property (refer to the eligibility criteria table below).

If I am not entitled to a Resident Parking Permit, do I have any other options?

Yes. Each property is entitled to purchase 30 Visitor Parking Permits per year. Each permit is valid for one day. These visitor permits can be used in the same Resident Area that a typical Resident Parking Permit can.