How to park legally
  • Last updated:
  • 09 Aug 2019

Drivers on the Sunshine Coast should be aware of the local parking rules. Parking on the Sunshine Coast is regulated by the Transport Operations Road Use Management Act, the Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Road Rules) Regulation 2009 and local laws. It is the driver's responsibility to know and comply with these rules.

Unless otherwise signed, you must park your vehicle parallel to and as close to the left side of the road as possible.

Refer to headings below for details about specific parking regulations.

Traffic signage on the Sunshine Coast conforms with the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (Queensland), within the meaning of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995. The manual contains the design and methods, standards and procedures relating to every sign installed on Sunshine Coast roads. This includes:

  • signs
  • signals
  • markings
  • lights
  • devices.

Contact council's customer service centre for missing, faded or illegible signage.

General signage not including time restrictions

No Stopping and No Parking signs and lines help traffic flow, ease congestion and enhance safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Always check the signs and lines before parking your vehicle or before reporting illegally parked vehicles.

There are many different parking restriction signs, which may seem confusing at first. The following information will help you understand the different general signs:

Sign type Example Important information
No stopping Image

A driver must not stop on a length of road or in an area to which a no stopping sign applies.

There may also be a yellow edge line which also means that stopping is not allowed.

These lines can be used either on their own or together with a no stopping sign.

Clearway Image A driver must not stop on a length of road to which a clearway sign applies. The only exception is if the driver is driving a bus or taxi and is dropping off/picking up passengers.
No parking Image

Vehicles may stop for up to two minutes if the driver is dropping off/picking up passengers or goods.

The driver must remain within 3m of the vehicle.

Loading zone Image

Unless otherwise signed, vehicles may stop in a loading zone for up to two minutes of dropping off/picking up passengers or up to 20 minutes which dropping off/picking up goods.

Unless otherwise indicated by the sign, buses or trucks dropping off/picking up passengers/goods and vehicles displaying a commercial vehicle sticker issued by council are permitted to stop in a loading zone for up to 30 minutes.

Loading zone:

Any vehicle may park for a maximum stay as displayed on the sign.

School loading zone (2 minutes maximum) Image All vehicles may only park for a maximum of two minutes during the times stated if on a school day.
Bus zone Image

A driver must not stop in a bus zone, unless the driver is driving a bus that seats over 12 adults.

Parking is not permitted 20 metres before or after a sign indicating a bus stop.

Taxi zone Image A driver must not stop in a taxi zone, unless the driver is driving a licensed taxi.
Mail zone Image

A driver must not stop in mail zone.

A driver must not stop on a road within 3 metres of a public post box unless dropping off/picking up passengers or mail.

Disability parking space Image A driver must not stop in a parking area for people with disabilities unless the driver's vehicle displays a current Australian Disability Parking Permit. All permits must be displayed at the left side or centre of your front windscreen with your permit number and expiry day visible from the outside.

Time restricted parking signs

These parking zones require payment if the word 'METER' is displayed (currently Caloundra and Birtinya).

Time limits and payment only apply within the hours and days indicated on each sign.

The P stands for parking, and the large number tells you how long you can park there. The times below tell you when the sign applies. Your time starts when you park the car, not when you leave it.

Once you've reached one hour, you cannot just buy another ticket or feed the meter. You must move your car off the length of road or out of the area that the sign applies to.

The following information will help you to understand the different time restriction signs:

Sign type Example Important information
Timed parking where days are stated* Image

During the hours and days displayed, vehicles can stay up to the maximum time stated on the parking sign at no charge. Time restrictions do not apply on public holidays, unless specifically mentioned.

Vehicles can park for unlimited time outside of the hours stated on the sign.

Timed parking with no days stated* Image

During the hours displayed, vehicles can stay up to the maximum time stating on the parking sign at no charge. Time restrictions apply on all public holidays.

Vehicles can park for unlimited time outside of the hours stated on the sign.

Paid parking where days are stated* Image

During the hours and days displayed, parking must be paid for at a parking meter. The maximum stay permitted is indicated on the sign. Time restrictions and payment requirements do not apply on public holidays, unless specifically mentioned.

Vehicles can park for unlimited time outside of the hours stated on the sign.

Paid parking with no days stated* Image

During the hours displayed, parking must be paid for at a parking meter. The maximum stay permitted is indicated on the sign. Time restrictions and payment requirements apply on all public holidays.

Vehicles can park for an unlimited time, and without making payment, outside of the hours stated on the sign.

 

 


Parents or visitors to school zones should be aware of the parking regulations in school zones and surrounding streets. Illegal parking in these areas can obstruct the vision of the pedestrian and/or motorist and put children at risk.

Drivers must be particularly careful when parking and driving in and around school zones. Pay attention to signs and restrictions in school zones.

Pick up and drop off areas are often situated in school zones to allow parents and guardians to safely drop off or pick up children. These areas are indicated by signage noting the short time limit that applies.



Cars must not park or stand a vehicle that is for sale or hire on land or a road under council's control. Council officers may issue fines to vehicle owners breaching this rule.


Loading Zones allow for the following parking;

  • 2 minutes for all vehicles to drop off and pick up passengers
  • 5 minutes for all vehicles to drop off and pick up persons with a disability
  • 20 minutes for non-commercial vehicles to pick up and drop off goods
  • 30 minutes for commercial vehicles to pick up and drop off goods

Loading Zones with the “Commercial Vehicles 20 minutes Maximum” user limitations allow for the following parking; 

  • 2 minutes for all vehicles to drop off and pick up passengers
  • 5 minutes for all vehicles to drop off and pick up persons with a disability
  • 20 minutes for non-commercial vehicles to pick up and drop off goods
  • 20 minutes for commercial vehicles to pick up and drop off goods

The sign may give a length of time for stopping. If so, you must follow the times displayed on the sign.

The Commercial Vehicle Identification Label Permit provides for an additional ten minutes of parking, for non-commercial vehicles, in Loading Zones.  Customers interested in obtaining a Commercial Vehicle Identification Label can apply online through Council’s parking permits application form.

No stopping zones are installed for the safety of both motorists and pedestrians. A no stopping zone is indicated by a yellow line or signage. These zones refer to the whole road reserve, including the footpath or unformed section adjacent to the road, not just the formed section of road.

It is an offence to park a vehicle adjacent to a yellow line or between no stopping signs:

  • on the road
  • shoulder of the road
  • footpath or unformed section of the road.

Drivers risk an infringement if they do so.

Council staff have a scheduled maintenance timeframe for repainting faded or worn yellow lines.

Council no longer installs, or maintains any existing yellow lines:

  • across driveways
  • on either side of your dwelling driveway
  • over an entire length of a residential street.


Under the Transport Operations Road Use Management Act 1995 (QLD) Section 200 - stopping on roads:

(1) The driver of a heavy vehicle, or long vehicle, must not stop on a length of road that is not in a built-up area, except on the shoulder of the road.

(2) Subject to subsections (2A) and (2B), the driver of a heavy vehicle, or long vehicle, must not stop on a length of road in a built-up area for longer than 1 hour, unless the driver is permitted to stop on the length of road for longer than 1 hour by information on or with a traffic control device.

(2A) The driver of a heavy vehicle, or long vehicle, may stop on a length of road in a built-up area for longer than 1 hour if the driver is engaged in dropping off or picking up goods for all of the period when the vehicle is stopped.

(2B) Subsections (2) and (2A) apply unless a local law otherwise provides.

(3) In this section:

  • heavy vehicle means a vehicle with a GVM of 4.5t or more
  • road does not include a road-related area, but includes any shoulder of a road.

Definition

Built-up area - in relation to a length of road, means an area in which either of the following is present for a distance of at least 500m or, if the length of road is shorter than 500m, for the whole road:

(a) buildings, not over 100m apart, on land next to the road
(b) street lights not over 100m apart.

Exempt vehicles include:

  • vehicles carrying out emergency work
  • trucks that have broken down. Exemption applies only for the minimum time necessary to effect minor repairs sufficient to permit removal to a place where it may be lawfully parked
  • vehicles delivering goods or providing services to the area.

Long vehicles

Complaints about long vehicles (measuring 7.5 metres or longer):

  • which do not exceed 4.5 tonne
  • standing on a road in a traffic area for more than 1 hour

are to be referred to Queensland Police. This is not a council matter. It is enforced by the Police under Section 200 of Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Road Rules) Regulation 2009 (QLD) on the Queensland Transport and Main Roads website.

 

Unless otherwise signed, the following rules apply at intersections and bus stops:

  • Park at least 10 metres from an intersection without traffic lights.
  • Park at least 20 metres from an intersection with traffic lights.
  • Park at least 20 metres behind, or at least 10 metres in front of a bus stop.

Refer to Parking in the Sunshine Coast region fact sheet[407KB]

You must not park your vehicle so that it restricts the lane to less than three (3) metres. This will restrict access by emergency vehicles.

Call the Queensland Police or council's customer service centre (during business hours) if a vehicle is parked on a street restricting the through lane to less than three (3) metres.

Many popular areas of the Sunshine Coast have marked parking bays that are signed and time limited. You should not park your vehicle for longer than the time displayed.

Caloundra

Parking meters in downtown Caloundra have been upgraded to allow tap-and-go payment. As of May 2019, all parking meters accept payment via coins, credit and debit cards and pay-by-phone. Council also provides free on-street and off-street parking throughout Caloundra.

Nambour

Council provides free on-street and off-street parking throughout Nambour.

Maleny

Council provides free on-street and off-street parking throughout Maleny.

Maroochydore

Council provides free on-street and off-street parking throughout Maroochydore.

Mooloolaba

Council provides free on-street and off-street parking throughout Mooloolaba. The detailed map provides an overview of the parking available during the construction of the Brisbane Road Car Park.

A new on-street parking management strategy is in place around the Sunshine Coast health precinct and Birtinya, to benefit local businesses and residents. This is part of council's larger, precinct-wide strategy to ensure the right people park in the right places, and do so safely.

Map

The detailed map[3006KB] provides an overview of the parking management strategy for the precinct.

On-street parking options

The on-street parking options around the Sunshine Coast health precinct changed on 30 January 2017.

The 127 metered parking bays along Birtinya Boulevard, Eccles Boulevard, Bright Place and Shine Court are now two-hour paid metered parking, between 8am-5pm, seven days per week. These areas are two-hour parking at all other times.

The meters use smart technology and can be topped up with coins, credit cards and smart phones through the specially designed EasyPark app.

The 80 bays along Lake Kawana Blvd between Kawana Way and Birtinya Blvd, are 3P 24/7, with meters considered in the future.

This is in addition to the privately run, multi-level car parks.

Please note the extend of the parking managed by council in the health precinct is around 2% of the total supply.

Pay with EasyPark

Passengers will be able to use the EasyPark app to locate the parks for their drivers and, if staying longer than planned, can top up via the app or by calling 1300 734 070 when away from their car - up to a maximum of two hours total parking time.

How to use the EasyPark app

In ground parking sensors integrated with the EasyPark app allow customers to view available parking bays in real time before arrival to the area.

  1. Once parked, customers enter the 5 digit EasyPark area code (61001 which will be visible on pole mounted signs and parking meters) or select it from the map on the EasyPark app. 

  2. Customers enter their rego number, select an end time and start parking. 

  3. Customers using EasyPark will receive a reminder to their phone 15 minutes before their parking time is up. They can then choose to extend parking or come out to move their car if the parking time limit is reached. 

  4. When leaving the bay click stop parking and pay only for the time actually used. 

Alternatively, customers can choose to pay at the parking meters according to their bay number using coins or credit card.

Public transport options

New bus services are now in place around the Sunshine Coast University Hospital providing:

  • additional routes
  • improved frequency for a number of existing services
  • reduced fares and
  • a new bus network for Nambour.

Visit TransLink’s Journey planner to find out how you can make your journey to the Sunshine Coast health precinct.

Parking in residential streets

From 1 June 2017 council commenced a trial of residential parking permits in the Birtinya Regulated Parking Area. At its Ordinary Meeting on 11 October 2018, council resolved to end the trial of residential parking permits in Birtinya.

For more information please refer to council's media release.

A one hour (1P) limit will be implemented in the purple area on the detailed map[3006KB] at the following times:

  • 8 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday
  • 8 am to noon Saturday
  • not applicable on Sunday.

Residential parking permits are available to allow residents to park on the street for unlimited periods (permits not required if residents wish to park on their own property).

The fee for the permit has been waived.

The best parking solutions for all users

The Sunshine Coast health precinct offers ample parking options for visitors and staff. Visitors can choose from four parking stations. P1 and P2 multi-deck and P3 at-grade car parks are located at the Sunshine Coast Health Campus. Another option is the Secure P Parking Station on Eccles Boulevard. 

For all Sunshine Coast University Hospital staff parking queries please contact Queensland Health.

Visit Sunshine Coast University Hospital website for parking and transport options.