Disability parking permits
  • Last updated:
  • 08 May 2020

A disability parking permit is issued by the Department of Transport and Main Roads. The permit gives the holder access to parking concessions.

Information on the permits including who can apply, the application process, concessions and fees is available on from the Queensland Government’s website.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads administers both the Queensland Disability Parking Permit Scheme (DPPS) and the Australian Disability Parking Scheme (ADPS) and issues permits to people with impaired mobility.

Using your disability parking permit

Note: The Department of Transport and Main Roads set out the entitlements for Disability Parking Permit holders and council applies these entitlements when patrolling parking across the region.

Disability parking bays fact sheet[392KB]

The Australian Disability Parking Permit must be clearly displayed on the vehicle so that the permit number and expiry date are visible from the kerbside of the vehicle. The permit holder should also check the permit for any other conditions in relation to the placement of the permit. 

Council encourages motorists to display their permits on the passenger side. This enables the officers to read the permit from the footpath instead of from the road, to ensure their safety.

Under the Queensland Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995, there are different levels of parking concessions depending on the permit.

For full terms and conditions related to using the permits, check the Queensland Government website or the conditions printed on the permit. 

ADPP (purple) permit holders

You can use your ADPP (purple) permit to park:

  • for free at any on-street parking in local government metered and regulated parking areas
    • up to 30 minutes—when the time limit shown on a sign is less than this
    • for an unlimited time—when the time limit shown on a sign is 30 minutes or more
  • in parking bays displaying the international symbol of access for on and off-street parking bays.

 Note: Private car parks may charge their own fees. You will need to check the terms and conditions of parking in private car parks.

Red permit holders

You can use your red permit to park according to the permit conditions in any off-street parking bay displaying the international symbol of access.

On-street parking is not permitted.

Note: Private car parks may charge their own fees. You will need to check the terms and conditions of parking in private car parks.

Overseas / other state permits

Valid overseas and interstate parking permits may be used in Queensland and are equivalent to the Australian permit.

Queensland parking rules apply.

The permit must be current and legible.

The legislation

Council provides parking bays, signage and road markings in public places and council controlled areas. Council’s parking officers may issue infringement notices (fines) for the misuse of private parking bays.

The legal framework under which council operates is set out in the following documents. The documents are available from the Queensland Government Legislation website:

  • Transport Operations Road Use Management Act 1995 
  • Transport Operations Road Use Management Road Rules Regulation 2009 
  • Transport Operations Road Use Management Traffic Regulation 1962.