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We are committed to safety and accessibility in Port Stephens. Parking regulations encourage:

  • pedestrian safety
  • passenger safety during pick up or set down
  • safer driving and parking conditions
  • better use of limited street parking.

Designated parking areas, time restrictions and ticket machines are used to help regulate parking to ensure equitable turnover of parking spaces. If you drive or ride a vehicle, you need to know what the parking regulations mean and how to follow them correctly.

In the event that you receive an infringement notice, you have 21 days to pay the fine, lodge an appeal or elect to go to court.

The NSW Government Revenue is the appropriate authority to direct your enquiries, representations and payments relating to infringement notices. Visit their website, call 1300 138 118 or send mail to PO Box 999, Hunter Region Mail Centre, NSW 2310.

Resident Parking

Port Stephens residents who live in areas where parking is in high demand have access to resident parking.

Guidelines, conditions and fees

Residents who have a resident parking permit are entitled to park for an unlimited period. Non-permit holders are restricted to parking for the sign-posted times only.

Parking machines are located at the Nelson Bay Foreshore and are 'pay and display' ticket machines. There are rates for weekends, public holidays and all other times. Visit our Fees and Charges page.

All residents within a resident parking permit area may apply for a parking permit however the following eligibility criteria must be met:

  • The applicant must establish residential status within a resident parking permit area to the satisfaction of Council (for example, a current rates notice).
  • The applicant must have no or limited access to off-street parking and have no unrestricted on-street parking available within a reasonable distance of their residence.
  • The place of residence must not be able to reasonably be modified to provide off-street parking.
  • The nominated vehicle/s must be registered in the name of the applicant or there must be proof from the registered owner that the applicant normally uses the vehicle.
  • The vehicle must be registered in NSW.

Other criteria:

  • Residents of hotels are not eligible to receive a permit.
  • The vehicle must not be a truck, bus or tractor.
  • Where the nominated vehicle is a company vehicle taken home each evening, an authorised statement of circumstances must be supplied by the resident.

A maximum of 2 permits may be issued for any 1 household.

This number will be reduced by 1 permit for every off-street parking space that can reasonably be provided.

A resident parking permit can be used only in the street nominated and within the zones specifically designated for authorised resident parking. These zones are signposted 'Permit Holders Excepted'.

Permits expire annually on 30 June and must be reapplied for.

  1. Read the guidelines/conditions.
  2. Download and complete the Resident Parking Permit Application form.
  3. Lodge the completed form with Council for assessment.

Smart Parking

At its meeting on 12 May, Council voted in favour of installing Smart Parking in the Nelson Bay town centre and introducing a free parking scheme for residents, ratepayers and town centre workers.

The installation of smart parking technology will make finding a car park easier and simpler. Features of smart parking technology include sensors, app support and registration plate recognition. Through the smart app, users can locate available car spaces in realtime and pay online securely. Cash and card options will still be available.

Funds collected from smart parking will be reinvested into Nelson Bay to fund improvements to the public domain, landscaping, increased car parking and place activation.

These changes are not expected to come into effect until well after the majority of COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

Find out more about Smart Parking in Nelson Bay.

Parking machines

Parking machines are located at the Nelson Bay Foreshore and are 'pay and display' ticket machines. Paid parking operates at various times throughout the area — please check kerbside signs for hours.

Outside the times indicated, parking is free and unrestricted. However, other parking conditions may still apply to ensure road safety. Please check the information on the kerbside signs before parking your vehicle. Most parking machines accept credit card payment.

Off-street parking

On-street parking

On-street parking buses

Donald Street (Cnr of Yacaaba St)

CBD (Free)

Hardy Street

Donald Street West (Free)

Victoria Pde (Pay)

Victoria Pde

Marina (Pay)

Teramby Rd (Pay)

Neil Carrol Reserve Rd

Government Road (Next to the Nelson Resort)

CBD (Free)

Parking around schools

Signs around schools are designed to keep children safe. Common signs appearing around schools include:

  • No parking — you can drop your child off here but you must stay with your car.
  • No stopping — you cannot drop your child off in this area. Medical or other emergencies are permitted.
  • Bus zone — you cannot stop here unless you are driving a bus.

Motorcycle parking

A limited number of marked motorcycle marking spaces are available in the Donald Street car park (opposite Woolworths) and along the waterfront on Victoria Parade. There are also motorcycle parking spaces at Shoal Bay, adjacent to the traffic signals.

Disability parking

A number of Disability Parking spaces are available in the Port Stephens town centres for your convenience.




No. Spaces

Donald Street East Carpark, Nelson Bay

Ground Floor

90° Front or Rear


Donald Street West Carpark, Nelson Bay

Eastern Entrance

90° Front or Rear


Magnus Street

Near Post Office



Stockton Street

Near Seabreeze Hotel



Teramby Road

Near Marina

90° Front or Rear


Victoria Parade

Fly Point



Beach Road

Little Beach



Shoal Bay Road

Nelson Bay RSL


Town Centre Circuit, Salamander BayTomaree Library

90° Front or Rear

Town Centre Circuit, Salamander BayTomaree Community Centre

90° Front or Rear

Aquatic Close, Salamander BayTomaree Aquatic Centre

90° Front or Rear

Leisure Way, Raymond Terrace

Lakeside Aquatic Centre

90° Front or Rear6
Warren Street, SeahamSchool of Arts Carpark90° Front or Rear3
The Close, Raymond TerraceThe Hub90° Front or Rear6
Sturgeon Street, Raymond TerraceRaymond Terrace Library90° Front or Rear2

Sturgeon Street, Raymond Terrace

Council Admin building

90° Front or Rear2
William Street, Raymond TerraceNear pedestrian crossingAngle2
William Street, Raymond Terrace

Opposite Police Station

Ferodale Road, MedowieMedowie Community Centre90° Front or Rear4
James Paterson Street, Anna BayBirubi Surf Club90° Front or Rear2

Disability Parking Permits (Mobility Parking Scheme) provide concessions to people with mobility issues. Roads and Maritime Services is responsible for issuing these permits.

A Mobility Permit Holder can park in spaces marked with a symbol for people with disabilities. This permit also provides parking concessions in other spaces if a marked space is unavailable:

  • where parking is limited by a sign to more than 30 minutes, Mobility Permit Holders can park for an unlimited time
  • where parking is limited by a sign to 30 minutes, Mobility Permit Holders can park for 2 hours
  • where parking is limited by a sign to less than 30 minutes, Mobility Permit Holders can park for a maximum of 30 minutes
  • at a 'No Parking' sign, Mobility Permit Holders may park up to 5 minutes — the driver must remain in the vehicle or within 3 metres of the vehicle to drop off or pick up passengers or goods
  • when parking in metered or ticketed parking areas operated by Council, no charge is applied — charges may apply in privately operated parking areas.

Please obey all other parking rules.