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Parking on Narrow Streets

Council sometimes receives requests from residents relating to parking on narrower streets. The width of streets within the municipality varies, and in some instances, the width of the road can cause problems. On particularly narrow streets, there are different ways that Council manages parking to assist with these issues.

For more information please read below or download our Parking in Narrow Streets Information Sheet (PDF 389KB)


Parking on narrow streets

Don’t park on the nature strip

Parking on nature strips or footpaths is not permitted under the Victorian Road Rules. Vehicles parked on nature strips or footpaths can damage public infrastructure above and below the ground leading to increased maintenance costs.

It may also prevent emergency services from accessing key infrastructure such as water, sewerage, gas, telephone and drainage. Vehicles parked on nature strips can also increase safety risks for pedestrians as they are less visible to motorists.

Parking on the road

You can park on the road as long as there is three metres clear distance across the road to an adjacent vehicle or obstacle. This allows access for emergency and other vehicles. On narrow roads, this means there is only enough room for a car on one side of the road.

Safety and cars parked in the street

There is often a perception that cars parked in the street are a hazard to motorists. Research has shown that cars parking on the street often make streets safer. Parked cars narrow the road causing traffic to slow down. Slower speed also s lead to a reduction in accidents.

Narrower streets can allow more space for planting vegetation and providing better and safer streetscape environments in residential neighbourhoods, encouraging walking and cycling.

Two wheels up parking

Council has adopted a more flexible approach to allow parking on nature strips in narrower residential streets.

In some narrow streets less than 6.6 metres wide where traffic volumes and average speeds are low and sufficient space exists on the nature strip Council may allow two wheels up parking on the nature strip.

Council will construct a concrete strip behind the kerb on these streets. Provided vehicles do not cause a road safety hazard and other conditions are satisfied parking infringement notices will not be issued by Council on these streets. In narrow roads without a concrete strip, Council’s enforcement officers will continue to enforce the prohibition to park on the nature strip unless otherwise signed.

Parking in garages and driveways in private properties

Council strongly encourages residents to use their garages and driveways to park their vehicles. This private off-street parking is guaranteed and helps ease the demand for parking on the street.

Indented car parking

On streets narrower than 6.6m, indented car parking spaces may provide additional parking space and allow more space available for cars driving on the road.

Indented car parking spaces need to be properly constructed with standard pavement materials and accommodate drainage and other services. Residents are able to apply to construct indented car parking on the nature strip outside their own property. This is at their own cost.

Anyone, including neighbours, may park in the constructed indented parking spaces. The cost to construct an indented car space can be $5,000 to $10,000 depending on the site. If an application for an indented car parking space is received, Council will consult with adjoining residents to consider their views on the installation.

You can contact Council to report illegal parking, request changes to parking restrictions or ask for advice regarding any of the content on this page.