Visitor parking permits
We have 2 types of visitor parking permits.
1. Book of 10 scratch tickets
These visitor permits are sold in books of 10 scratch tickets.
Each ticket allows the visitor to park for one day only.
The day, month, and year needs to be scratched off for the day you want the ticket to be valid for.The ticket must be displayed on the dashboard with the date visible.
$24.95 Full fee
2. Weekly visitor parking permit
Full fee: $12.75
- Who can apply for visitor parking permits?
Residents can apply for visitor parking permits (book of 10 scratch tickets or weekly visitor parking permit) if:
- they live in a street with timed parking restrictions; and
- they live in a property which has not been subdivided after August 2011.
Residents cannot apply for a visitor parking permit (book of 10 scratch tickets or weekly visitor parking permit) if they live in a property which was subdivided after August 2011.
This includes newer townhouses and apartments.
This is due to the Parking Management Policy adopted by Council in 2011, which sought to provide protection for existing residents in older properties who rely on on-street parking. Find out more about our parking policy.
- How do I check if my property is eligible for a parking permit?
Check if you are eligible for a parking permit by typing in your property address. This search function checks whether your property was or was not subdivided after August 2011.Ineligible parking search
Residents of newer properties (subdivided after August 2011) are mostly ineligible for visitor permits. Council will allow these residents to apply for an exemption if they need people to visit them by car for more than two hours for reasons such as age, disability, health or social isolation. A supporting letter will be required from a doctor or other health professional, a social worker, case worker or similar. This will allow visits not only from health care or social work professionals, but also volunteer carers, family and friends, for those who need it most.
- Where can I park with a visitor parking permit?
With a visitor parking permit, you can park in timed parking areas in your street except for restrictions below 30 minutes and prohibited areas such as ‘no stopping’ and ‘loading zones’.
If you live on a corner property, a permit can be issued for either the front street or side street.
A permit does not guarantee there will be a parking space available in your street.
A permit is only valid for the street of issue on your parking permit and in your application form.
More information, read our Parking Management Policy (DOC 184Kb) provides further details.
- How do I apply for one of the visitor parking permits?
What you need
To apply for a visitor parking permit (book of 10 scratch tickets or weekly visitor parking permit) you will need one of the following documents as proof of residency at the property address:
- Driver's licence (with current address)
- Rates notice
- Lease agreement, or
- Utility bill.
A mobile phone bill is not accepted as proof of residency.
You do not need proof of residence for the daily parking permit.
Apply for a visitors scratch ticket booklet online.
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 proof of residency document and pay the fee.
Your permit will then be processed, and you will receive the permit in the mail.
Scratch ticket permits are available on the spot at customer service centres.
Print the parking permit application form (PDF 192Kb) and fill it out.
Attach a copy of proof of residency, and a cheque or money order to Merri-bek City Council, Locked Bag 10, Merri-bek 3058.
- When can I expect to receive my permit?
You will receive your weekly visitor parking permit in the mail in about 2 weeks after applying.
Let us know if you need the visitor permits sooner and we will work to get them to you as required.
Scratch ticket permits are handed over the counter when you buy them.
- When do the visitor parking permits expire and how do I renew?
The book of 10 scratchy ticket visitor parking permits do not have an expiry date.
The weekly visitor parking permits are valid for a set week and will need to be renewed after those dates pass.