Apply for a pay parking permit

You can buy an annual parking permit to park in Byron Shire's pay-parking areas and council-operated car parks.

Apply online using our new self-service parking permit portal. You can also apply in person. 

Apply online

Step 1.Visit our permit portal to apply for your parking permit.

Step 2.You will need to Sign up and create a PayStay account first  

Add payment details at this step. Select $0 Low Balance Threshold and $0 Top-up Amount if required.

Once registered you can: 

  • Apply for a new permit.
  • Renew an existing permit.
  • Check your permit details.
  • Change your number plate if you have purchased a new car. 

See below for information on different permit types and the documents that you will need. 

Step 3.Upload your documents

  • Current copy of your car registration.
  • Proof of residency within the Byron Shire.
  • For the Pensioner discount, provide a copy of your Centrelink (blue) Pensioner card or DVA card.

See below for more details about what documents you may need for your permit type.

Step 4.Payment

Add payment details to your PayStay account when you sign up. Select $0 Low Balance Threshold and $0 Top-up Amount if required. 

  • Resident permit - $55
  • Business, worker, volunteer - $110
  • School permit - $110 (free for resident and business permit holders).

Step 5.Check your email

You will receive an email confirming when your permit application has been approved. It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure the permit is valid and used correctly.

Reminder emails will be sent from ByronShireCouncilParkingPermits@data.com.au add this contact to your address book or check your junk mail folder to make sure you receive these emails.

Apply in person

Step 1.Visit our customer service counter 70 Station Street, Mullumbimby. 

Step 2.Bring the following documents with you.

  • Current copy of your car registration.
  • Proof of residency within the Byron Shire.
  • For the Pensioner discount, provide a copy of your Centrelink (blue) Pensioner card or DVA card.

See below for more details about what documents you may need for your permit type.

Permit types and documents 

ALL documentation needs to be in the name of the applicant or registered car owner.

The residential or commercial property within Byron Shire is required to be in the name of an individual/s. 

$55 for 12-months

You can apply for a resident permit if your primary residence is in the Byron Shire.

Supporting documents

You must provide roof of residency within Byron Shire in the name of the applicant. This could be:

  • Driver’s licence.
  • Council rates notice or water bill.
  • Utility bill (for example phone, electricity, gas).
  • Rental lease or agreement, or letter from landlord or owner, stating length of occupancy (minimum 6 months).

$110 for 12-months

This permit is for a business, worker or volunteer based within the Byron Bay pay parking area:

Business Permit 

Businesses MUST be situated within the Pay Parking Area/Zone. Businesses must include the following with their application:

Supporting letter from the business that includes:

  • trading name of the business.
  • operating address.
  • name and role of the author (signatory) of the letter and their direct contact details.
  • number of permits applied for.

For each permit provide a copy of current vehicle registration/certificate in the name of the applicant.

Worker Permit

Workers employed by a business based within the Byron Bay pay parking area must provide:

Proof of employment (payslip or company letterhead) showing the following:

  • your name and role within the business
  • the trading name of the place of employment and its operating address (to be eligible for a worker permit the business needs to have a fixed address within pay parking area)
  • the name and role (e.g. owner, manager, etc) of the author (signatory) of the letter plus their direct contact details.
  • If your place of volunteering is located within the pay parking area, you can apply for a pay parking permit.

You must also provide a copy of current vehicle registration/certificate in the name of the applicant.

Volunteer Permit

Volunteers working for an organisation based within the Byron Bay pay parking area must provide:

Proof of volunteer work such as a supporting letter with official letterhead, showing the following:

  • your name and role within the organisation
  • the trading name of the organisation and its operating address (to be eligible for a volunteer permit the organisation needs to have a fixed address within pay parking area)
  • the name and role (e.g. owner, manager, etc) of the author (signatory) of the letter plus their direct contact details.

You must also provide a copy of current vehicle registration/certificate in the name of the applicant.

$110 for 3 months

A 3-month Temporary Business Permit is for a business, activity, or service within the pay parking area. The following applies to this type of permit.

  • The permit applies within 200m of the business, activity or service stated in the supporting letter discussed below.
  • There is a limit of 5 permits per business, activity, or service.
  • An eligibility assessment will be undertaken by Council staff.

An example may be a business located within the pay parking area undertaking a fit out and temporary permits are required for the tradies.

Supporting documents

The following documents must be submitted with the application.

Supporting letter(s) from the relevant business, activity, or service located within the pay parking area stating:

  • the trading name of the business, activity, or service located within the pay parking area where the activity / works are to be undertaken.
  • its operating address.
  • name and role of the author (signatory) of the letter and their direct contact details.
  • Briefly, the works proposed to be undertaken by the business, activity, or service.
  • Who will undertake the works / activity / service and requires the permit(s).
  • Number of permits applied for.

If you have a mobility parking permit it is free to park in our pay parking areas.

Visit the Transport for NSW website to find out more about how to apply for a mobility parking permits.

Use our online mapping tool to find mobility parking spaces. 

  1. Open the layers tab.
  2. Select Community
  3.  Select Parking Byron Bay.

For registered members of Bundjalung of Byron Bay Aboriginal Corporation. For confirmation of membership and eligibility contact Bundjalung of Byron Bay Aboriginal Corporation.

School staff and teachers at Byron Bay Public School and Byron Community Primary School may apply for a School Permit to receive exemptions to time limits in specific streets surrounding their school, conditions apply.

$660 for 12-months.

A 12-month Tourist and Visitor Accommodation Permit for approved tourist and visitor premises (as defined by applicable legislation) and subject to the following:

  • Premises has an ABN.
  • Tourist and Visitor Accommodation must have been approved prior to 30 May 2014.
  • excludes Short Term Rental.
  • Only applicable within 200m of the premises stated in the supporting letter discussed below. 
  • There is a limit of 10 permits per premises.
  • A site inspection, review of development approvals and assessment required by Council staff to confirm eligibility.

Supporting documents

The following supporting documentation is required to be submitted with the permit application:

Supporting letter from the tourist and accommodation premises stating:

  • the trading name.
  • its operating address.
  • its ABN.
  • Confirmation it was approved prior to 30 May 2014.
  • name and role of the author (signatory) of the letter and their direct contact details.
  • Number of off-street car spaces available for staff and guests.
  • Number of permits applied for.

Byron Bay or Wategos residents who live adjacent to pay parking areas may be eligible for 2 free Traffic Area Permits. One for the resident and another for visitors.

Traffic Area Permits allow you to park in the street where you live with no time restriction. They cannot be used in the pay parking area.

The Traffic Area Permits are subject to the following:

  • You must live in one of the four precincts: Butler Street, Schools, Tennyson / Massinger, or Wategos.
  • Butler Street Traffic Area Permit can only be used within the Butler Street Precinct. This applies to all Traffic Area Permits.
  • be a long-term resident (not a guest at hotel, hostel, holiday unit)
  • have limited or no off-street parking (if you have more than 2 spaces you will not be eligible)  
  • Submit supporting documentation to verify your residential address, such as:
    • Utility bill –no more than 3 months old
    • Telephone account – no more than 3 months old
    • Current lease
    • Driver’s license
    • Pension card
    • Electoral roll card
    • Rates notice
    • Bank Statement – no more than 3 months old
    • Centrelink health card
    • Rental bond receipt
    • Official government correspondence – no more than 3 months old.

Precinct maps:

Visitor permits

A Traffic Area Permit can also be used for your visitor’s vehicles. You must update the licence plate for your visitor’s vehicle using the permit portal. Select the 'update vehicle' button and enter the details.  

A maximum of two vehicles per household can be exempt at any one time.  

Who isn’t eligible for a Traffic Area Permit?

  • Businesses, hotels, hostels, B&B and holiday units are not eligible. 
  • Property owners who do not reside at the property are not eligible.

By submitting an application for the Traffic Area Permit, you agree to the Conditions of Use(PDF, 93KB).

Please allow up to 10 business days for your Traffic Area permit to be assessed. If approved, the status of the permit will change from “Pending” to “Granted”. If the permit is not approved, an email will be sent explaining the reason.