Paying for parking in council owned car parks began in the Palmerston City Centre on Monday 5 June 2017, as resolved at the ordinary Council meeting on Tuesday 16 May 2017. The hours of paid parking operation are Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding statutory NT public holidays).
As the Palmerston City Centre develops, areas currently being utilized for off-street car parking are being developed for new buildings. This development is beneficial to the city, however the new buildings will generate an increased demand for car parking whilst reducing the actual area available for car parking.
The City of Palmerston already face a legacy of car parking shortfalls in the City Centre created by past decisions to approve developments with insufficient or no on-site car parking.
The introduction of a user pays system of paid car parking in the City Centre is part of the Palmerston City Centre Parking Strategy. It will better manage parking demand and provide the much-needed revenue to expand and enhance the parking network in the City. It will improve access to businesses and regulate parking in the area, and also means that funding for additional car parking, including a future multi-deck car park, comes from the users of car parking and not general rate revenue.
It should be noted approximately 75% of total car parking in the CBD in existing private retail and commercial outlets remains free of charge and not subject to Council parking charges. These include:
- Disabled parking bays (must display valid disability permit).
- Motorcycle parking bays
- Loading zones (goods vehicles)
- Taxi and minibus zones; and
- Parking areas signed as 1 hour or less
Please note: Vehicles displaying a valid disability permit will be permitted to park in charged bays for twice the period shown on the purchased parking ticket without penalty.
If you are a short-term shopper in the City Centre then ample free parking exists.
Charges will apply in both on-street and off-street parking areas. There will be two paid parking zones within the city centre:
- Zone A – 2-hour parking
- Zone B – all day parking
For the 2017/2018 financial year, the charge for Zone A has been set at $1.80 per hour (maximum 2 hours) while the Zone B charge has been set at $1.00 per hour up to a maximum charge of $4.00 (all day).
Annual all day parking permits will be available at a cost of $400.00 (pro-rata quarterly fees available) and are available to purchase from 5 June 2017 at Customer Services at Council’s Civic Centre.
All ticket machines will accept both coins and credit card payments. The machines and car parks are clearly marked with signage indicating the zone, time restriction and the applicable rate. Drivers should check ticket machines carefully to ensure they pay the correct fee and abide by the time restrictions. The purchased ticket will need to be clearly displayed on the vehicle’s dashboard.
To ease the transition to paid parking, Council has imposed a grace period. From 5 June to 16 June 2017 any vehicle overstaying the time allocated on the displayed parking ticket on more than 3 occasions will receive an infringement. Overstaying means by a period of more than 1 hour past the ticket expiry time in Zone A or failing to purchase or display a ticket within Zone B.
Car Parking Maps