Pay Parking in Byron Bay

Parking fees apply in the Byron Bay central business district, council car parks and some parts of Wategos. Please check the parking signs where you park. Parking signs may indicate meter, ticket or coupon parking. You may park at the kerb for the length of time shown on the sign provided that you pay the required fee beforehand. You cannot park for longer than the length of time shown on the sign. 

Byron Shire residents and workers can purchase an annual parking permit that exempts their vehicle from parking fees in Byron Shire's pay-parking areas and council-operated car parks.

Apply for or manage your Pay Parking permit

Council Car Parks

Pay parking operates in the following council-operated car parks:

  • Main Beach car park (95 parking spaces /inc 5 Mobility spaces)
  • Lawson St North car park (135 parking spaces / inc 3 Mobility spaces)
  • Lawson St South car park  (74 parking spaces / inc 1 Mobility space)
  • Clarkes Beach car park (90 parking spaces / inc 2 Mobility spaces)

NOTE: Car parks at Cape Byron Lighthouse, Captain Cook Lookout, Cosy Corner and The Pass are managed by NSW National Parks, and separate parking fees apply.

Parking fees and operating hours 

Parking fees are $4.00 per hour, capped at $20.00 for all day parking.

Operating hours are 9am to 6pm, seven days a week including public holidays.

Council car parks are closed to all vehicles between the hours of 1am to 5am.

 

Pay parking was introduced in December 2015. 

Byron Shire residents and workers can purchase an annual Pay Parking Permit to exempt them from paying at council's parking meters.

Byron Shire Council strives to improve our pay parking schemes and welcomes your feedback, concerns or complaints. Please email payparking@byron.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 811 942.

See Where can I park for maps showing the location and time limits of both pay parking and free parking in Byron Bay, Wategos, Bangalow, Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby.

Free, all-day parking is available in the Butler St Reserve, Byron Bay.

Please Note: The car parks at Cape Byron Lighthouse and Broken Head Reserve are managed by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, not Council.

Camping overnight is not permitted in any of the streets, reserves or car parks .

Each time you park you will need to enter your licence plate at the meter, choose the duration of your stay and pay the relevant amount.

Parking costs $4 per hour. The Clarkes Beach car park is capped at $20.

You must abide by the maximum time limits and move your car when the maximum time has been reached.

If you hold a valid Pay Parking Permit you are exempt from paying at the meter for the vehicle that you have nominated on your Pay Parking Permit.  Permit holders are not required to enter the licence plate at the meter. Permit holders will need to keep to the signposted time limits and must move the car when the maximum time limit is reached

By default, no ticket will be issued at the parking meter, and there is no requirement to display a ticket in the windscreen. If you would like to print a ticket for your records or if you require a Tax Invoice, press the green tick at the end of the transaction. 

Parking costs $4 per hour. The Clarkes Beach Carpark is capped at $20 maximum payment per day and some 4 hour locations are capped at $12 per stay. Parking signs and the meter will detail which amount and what time limit applies. 

Pay parking permits will apply to (and be recognised by) the licence plate of a registered vehicle - regardless of which state/territory the vehicle is registered. 

Pay parking permits will be available per vehicle for the following two categories:

  • $55 per year per vehicle for any resident/ratepayer of the Byron Shire; or
  • $110 per year per vehicle for a worker/volunteer whose fixed place of employment or volunteer work is within the pay parking area but are not eligible for the resident/ratepayer permit exemption.
  • FREE if you are a Byron Shire resident and hold a valid Centrelink issued pensioner (Blue) card. 
  • FREE if you have a Mobility Parking Permit.

As for paying for the Pay Parking Permit, this can be done annually.   

Each motor vehicle in eligible households will be able to apply for a pay parking permit at $55 or $110 per year per car.

ALL documentation needs to be in the name of the permit holder/registered car owner 

Byron Shire Resident, Ratepayer and Pensioner Worker/Volunteer within pay parking area

 

MANDATORY: Copy of current vehicle registration/certificate in the name of the permit holder. We confirm the name, address, number plate and expiry date.

 

MANDATORY: Copy of current vehicle registration/certificate in the name of the permit holder. We confirm the name, address, number plate and expiry date.

Proof of Byron Shire residence in the name of the permit holder:

- Drivers licence

- a Council rates notice or water bill; or

- utility bill (e.g. phone, electricity, gas); or

- name on rental lease/agreement or letter from landlord/owner stating length of occupancy (minimum 6 months)

Please note: To claim the Pensioner exemption you also need to provide a current copy of your (blue) Centrelink Pensioner card.

Proof of employment (payslip or company letterhead) needs to show 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 your 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 

 

 Completion of a pay parking permit application can be online.

*When changing permit types (eg. from worker to resident) you will need to wait for your previous permit to expire. If you renew before your previous permit expires there will be no refund for the difference.

 Completion of a pay parking permit application can be online

*When changing permit types (eg. from worker to resident) you will need to wait for your previous permit to expire. If you renew before your previous permit expires there will be no refund for the difference.

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

Yes, you can if your place of volunteering is located within the pay parking area. The volunteer organisation will need to apply for an account. Within the account, they can apply for a number of pay parking permits and include your number plate details. The cost for a volunteer who lives outside of Byron Shire is $110 per year.

You can email payparking@byron.nsw.gov.au for more details. 

The pay parking permit does not exempt the holder from the signed time limits which must be adhered to at all times, otherwise penalties can apply.  For example if 1P is signed then 1 hour limit applies, 2P is 2 hours, 4P is 4 hours, etc.  You must move your vehicle once maximum time limit is reached.

Yes you can. Staff at the front counter will be more than happy to assist. Please bring a copy of your current car registration and proof of residency (all in the same name as the permit holder).

From time to time, this may occur due to:

  • the sale of a vehicle
  • car insurance providing a rental car following a car accident
  • Byron Shire ratepayers who choose to hire a car when they are visiting their property

 To change your plate details you will be required to provide a current copy of your car registration certificate, or a car rental/loan agreement in the same name as the permit holder.

 Change Your Plate details online  

No. It will be a one-off payment, valid for a year.

Yes, you will.  Once your time has expired you need to move your car. You can move your car to any other available space, which can be as close as one space over, but you cannot move your car and park in the same place that you were just in.

Even if you hold a pay parking permit you must obey the parking time limits indicated by signage. Not doing so, can attract a penalty.

Council acknowledges that some larger urban Councils mail out stickers as they may not have access to the newer parking machine technology (the ‘pay by plate’ system), or their population density and larger rate base means they are able to fund such an arrangement. Byron Council cannot afford to fund such a scheme.

Instead, Byron Shire’s pay parking scheme will be paperless with the pay parking permits accessible online. Residents will be able to simply park and walk away.

Yes, all day or "no time limit" parking is available at:

  • Clarkes Beach Car Park
  • Jonson Street, south of Kingsley Street
  • Lawson Street, east of Middleton St
  • Sections of Shirley St, Wordsworth St,  Middleton St, and Marvell St have no time limit.

This information is intended as a guide. Please check the signs each time you park.

Butler St Reserve will be closed in 2019 to make way for the construction of the Byron Bay bypass.

Camping overnight is not permitted in any of the streets, reserves or car parks.

For those employed in the pay parking area, but are not a resident/ratepayer of Byron Shire, you will be able to purchase a $110 per year Worker Pay Parking Permit which will allow parking up to the signed time limits in any pay parking location be it within a Council-managed car park or on-street.

SCHOOL VISITORS:  All day parking is available in Tennyson Street at no cost. During pickup and drop off times, there are free 30-minute periods to assist parents and carers from 8am to 10am and 2pm to 4pm. 

SCHOOL STAFF: Teachers and staff members at Byron Bay Public School and Byron Community Primary School may apply for an Interim permit to receive exemptions to time limits in specific streets surrounding their school, conditions apply. 

 

We are very aware that there could be some spill over of parked cars into residential areas adjacent to the Byron Bay Pay Parking area.  There are now time limits in these areas (2 or 4 hours) and new annual resident parking permits issued for residents in these areas.

The new time limit will stop all day parking in these areas therefore ensuring amenity for local residents. It will only apply from 9am to 6pm.

The new resident parking permits allows residents in the perimeter area to park all day in their street – it will not be restricted by the time limit.  Residents will need to display the permit on the dash of their car.  It can also be used for guest cars

To view the terms and conditions please press this link.(PDF, 114KB)