Parking in Cardinia Shire
- Parking rules are in place to keep pedestrians and motorists safe, and manage parking fairly. You can report illegal parking here.
- Our local laws officers patrol restricted parking areas and zones to ensure motorists are following the directions on the signs. You may receive an infringement notice if you breach restrictions.
This page has information and links to information on:
Report illegal parking
If a vehicle is breaking any of the parking rules outlined below or on the VicRoads website, please report it to us.
Parking signs and zones
Click on the link above to go to rules and information on:
- no parking signs
- no stopping signs
- meter parking
- parking zones including loading, bus and taxi zones.
Why parking rules and restrictions are in place
- It keeps turnover consistent in high traffic areas, giving all community members the chance to park in the most high-demand parking bays. This in turn benefits local businesses in the area.
- It stops people from parking in locations that could risk the safety of pedestrians or prevent motorists from getting a clear view of the roads, such as in school zones or near zebra crossings.
- Illegal parking can also cause traffic delays block access for emergency services.
- You’re not allowed to park in parking bays that have a disabled parking sign or road marking, unless you have a valid disabled parking permit.
- You can apply for a disability parking permit here.
More info: VicRoads – Disability parking
Parking on nature strips in Cardinia Shire
VicRoads’ road safety rules state that parking or stopping on a nature strip is not allowed.
However, Council will allow vehicles (except heavy or long vehicles) to park on nature strips if these rules are followed. If you don’t follow these rules you may receive an infringement notice.
- The vehicle is registered
- The vehicle is parked on the nature strip adjoining the driver’s own property. For example, vehicles must not park on the nature strip outside a neighbour’s property, a school, a park or reserve, or a business.
- The vehicle is “2 wheels on, 2 wheels off” (that is, 2 wheels must be completely on the road)
- The vehicle is facing in the direction of travel
- The vehicle is parked more than 10 metres from an intersection
- The vehicle does not stop other drivers being able to see clearly
- The vehicle does not cause damage to Council assets (for example, the curb, drain, compaction of soil, damage caused due to wet/waterlogged ground).
- The vehicle does not block the use of footpaths, driveways, hydrants and other essential infrastructure
- The vehicle does not cause any other safety concerns
- All other road rules are followed
Parking around schools
- It’s very important to follow the directions on parking signs around schools. These are designed to keep children, their carers, other pedestrians and motorists safe.
- Our parking officers actively patrol and enforce parking rules around schools. Many schools request additional patrols due to concerns with student safety and illegal parking.
Don’t double park
Double parking restricts drivers’ views, forces children onto the road and slows or stops the flow of traffic.
Don‘t park too close to crossings
Parking within 20 metres before a designated school crossing or 10 metres after is illegal and very unsafe for children and their carers as they cross the road.
Use the ‘Stop and drop’ zones
- Stop and Drop zones are a signposted location, up to 1 kilometre away from the school's entrance, where parents are encouraged to park and then walk, ride, scoot or skate with their children to school.
- We suggest students leave the zone by 8.30am to get to school on time. The zones help to increase children’s physical activity and ease school traffic congestion.
Heavy vehicle parking
Heavy or long vehicles cannot be parked on a road in a built-up area for longer than 1 hour unless:
- parking signs say it’s allowed
- the driver is picking up or setting down goods.
A vehicle is defined as a heavy vehicle if it has a GVM or ATM of more than 4.5 tonnes.
You can apply for a heavy vehicle storage permit, which allows a heavy vehicle to be parked, kept, stored or repaired on a residential property under 4000 square metres.
Car parking in Pakenham
The Pakenham Parking Precinct Plan lists the actions were committed to putting in place within the Pakenham Activity Centre.
Map of available car parking spaces in Pakenham