Business parking permits

We did not enforce timed parking restrictions while covid-19 stage 4 restrictions were in place.

With the easing of restrictions, timed parking restrictions are now being enforced.

Who can apply

You can apply for a business parking permit if you operate a business with a permanent address with the City of Merri-bek.

How many permits can I apply for?

You can get 2 business parking permits per property.

If you run a temporary business, you are not eligible for a business parking permit.

Where can I park with a business parking permit?

With a business parking permit, you can park in bays which are marked by a ‘Business Zone’ sign for the permitted area nominated on your permit.

A business parking permit does not guarantee there will be a parking space available in the allocated Business Zone area.

Parking permits do not allow you to park in areas where restrictions are below 30 minutes or prohibited areas such as ‘no stopping’ and ‘loading zones’.

How much is a business parking permit?

Fees are reviewed annually.


1st permit - Full fee $135.05 / Pro-rata $67.55

2nd permit - Full fee $202.60 / Pro-rata $101.30

When do business permits expire?

Business parking permits expire annually on 30 June. You need to renew your business parking permit each year.

You will receive a renewal notice by email 14 days before the expiry date, or by mail 30 days before the expiry date.

Until you receive the renewed permit, you need to park legally and observe parking restrictions in the street.

How to apply for a business parking permit

You must provide the following documents as proof of your business tenancy:

  • Business registration document (ABN details) or a utility bill in the business name
  • Rates notice in the business name or lease agreement in the business name

Mobile phone bills are not accepted.


Apply online for your first business parking permit.

Make sure you have your supporting documentation ready.

Apply online for your second business parking. 

In person

Print the parking permit application form (PDF 192Kb) and fill it out or ask one of our customer service centres for a copy.

On the form, you can select which permit you want to apply for.

You can apply for multiple permits at the same time.

Go to one of our customer service centres with your form and lodge it.

We will then send out an invoice to you in the mail. Once you have paid the invoice your permit will be processed.

Then, you will receive the permit in the mail.

By mail

Print the parking permit application form (PDF 192Kb) and fill it out.

Attach a copy of proof of business tenancy and a cheque or money order to Merri-bek City Council, Locked Bag 10, Merri-bek 3058.

What happens after you apply

Once your application has been received, we will review your application.

If the application is approved, you will receive the permit(s) in the mail.

If your application is not successful, we will let you know in writing.

How do I renew a business parking permit?

You will receive a notice from us at renewal time by mail or email.

Once you pay the renewal fee, your business parking permit will be renewed and sent by mail. You can pay and renew online, but only after you have received your renewal notice.

You can also pay by phone, by post or in person. Find out how.

Until you receive the renewed permit, you need to park legally and observe parking restrictions in the street.

Where do I display a business parking permit?

Put your business parking permit in a holder provided by us in the lower left-hand side of your car’s windscreen. It must be clearly visible from the outside.

Can I transfer my business parking permit to another car?

You can transfer your business parking to another car to allow multiple staff members to use it.

What do I do if I lost or damaged my parking permit?

You can apply for a replacement parking permit.