Pay Parking in Byron Bay

Pay parking (metered parking) applies in the Byron Bay CBD and 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. You cannot park for longer than the length of time shown on the sign. 

Byron Shire residents and workers are invited to purchase an annual Pay Parking Permit that exempts their vehicle from parking fees in Byron Shire's pay-parking area and council-operated car parks. Pay Parking Permits do not exempt vehicles from the signposted time limits.

Refer also to the NSW Road Rules that apply to parking.

Apply for or manage your Pay Parking Permit

Council Car Parks

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

Pay parking operates in the Byron Bay CBD, Wategos and 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)

Vehicles larger than 6m in length, or that are towing trailers, will have to park in parallel parking areas provided in and around the perimeter of town, where available.

Car parks at Cape Byron Lighthouse, Captain Cook Lookout, Cosy Corner and The Pass are managed by NSW National Parks, 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.

1. Overview

Residents must purchase an annual pay parking permit to park free of charge at a pay parking meter in Byron Bay. The new pay parking scheme has replaced Resident Parking Coupons.  

Apply for or manage your pay parking permit

Location of pay parking car parks

The location of pay parking car parks in Byron Bay are:

  • 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)

Tariffs and operating hours 

Pay parking meters are available in all car parks with the designated pay parking car parks clearly signposted.  Signage displaying the words “Meter Registration” indicates the requirement to pay for parking in a pay parking meter. 

The current tariff for parking is $4.00 per hour, capped at $20.00 for all day parking in these car parks.

Operating hours: 9am to 6pm, seven days a week including Public Holidays.

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

When parking your car, check the street signs and take note of the time limit.  If you wish to stay longer, at the end of your time limit, you will need to move your car. Over staying the time limit, even with a valid e-permit, will incur a fine of $110.

Contact us

Pay Parking Hotline:      1300 811 942
Email:   payparking@byron.nsw.gov.au 
Meter Fault Line:            1300 308 449

2. Council car park restrictions

Please note that for safety reasons vehicles 6m or less in length must park within the marked bay only.  It is an offence to park across a number of parking spaces.

Vehicles larger than 6m in length or that are towing trailers, will have to park in parallel parking areas provided in and around the perimeter of town, where available.

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

 

 

3. Exemption holders

Byron Shire local residents, ratepayers and town centre workers can purchase an annual pay parking permit per vehicle. There is no cost for residents with a Centrelink card (blue), Mobility Permit or DVA card (gold). 

Apply for or manage your pay parking permit

Permit holders can simply park and walk away, there is no need to display a permit as it is a paperless system, time limits still apply however.

4. Frequently asked questions

1.   When was Pay Parking introduced?

Pay Parking was introduced in December 2015. 

2.   Where does it apply?

Check the map Pay Parking map. It includes on-street and off-street car park areas.

3.   How does it work?

Council is adopting a ‘pay by plate’ system; that is, each and every time you park you will need to enter your licence plate into the meter, choose the duration of your stay and then pay the relevant amount. The amount charged however will depend upon where and how long you park and if you hold an E-permit exemption or not (see Q4-6). Note: E-permit exemption holders are not required to enter their plate in the meter.

No ticket will be issued at parking meter – it’s a paperless system. However, you will be able to print a Tax Invoice if needed.

4.   What will it cost?

Unless you have an E-permit exemption (see Q5) Pay Parking will apply seven days a week between 9am and 6pm including public holidays. For those without an E-permit exemption, the rate will be $4 per hour in 1-hour (1P) and 2-hour (2P) locations, while 4-hour (4P) and some all day (4P+) sites will be capped (respectively) at $12 and $20 maximum payment per day. Parking signs and the meter will detail which amount and what time limit applies.

5.   Can I get an E-permit exemption, how much is it and how does it work?

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 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 E-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 as a one-off, each year in full. Please visit www.byron.nsw.gov.au.

6.   How do I get an E-permit exemption? 

Visit our website, www.byron.nsw.gov.au.  You will be required to provide proof of meeting the exemption criteria (Q8) and then once approved pay the exemption fee online.  

7.   How many E-permit exemptions can a household purchase?

Each motor vehicle in eligible households will be able to apply for an E-permit exemption at $55 or $110 per year per car. See Q5 for exemption categories.

8.   How do I prove my eligibility for a Pay Parking Permit?

NEW or RENEWALS will need to prove your eligibility with all documentation to be in the same name as the Permit holder. This will depend on which of the two categories you best fit.

Byron Shire Resident
or Ratepayer

Worker/Volunteer within the Pay Parking area

Copy of current vehicle registration/certificate

Copy of current vehicle registration/certificate and drivers licence

Proof of residence , i.e. being either of the following on the proviso it shows your name and a Byron Shire residential address:

a copy of current vehicle registration; or

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)

Proof of employment such as a current payslip with the name of the business and the address listed OR

a letter from your employer stating:

- your name and residential address

- the trading name of the place of employment and its operating address; plus

- the name and role (e.g. owner, manager, etc) of the author (signatory) of the letter plus their direct contact details.

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

9.  I volunteer in the Byron Bay town centre, can I qualify for the Pay Parking Permit?

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 permit exemptions and include your number plate details. The cost for a volunteer who lives outside of Byron Shire is $110 per year, and $55 for residents.

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

The permit will 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.

10. Can I still come into Council’s Mullumbimby Administration Office and get a Pay Parking Permit?

Yes you can. Staff at the front counter will be more than happy to assist.

11. What happens if I need to change my number plate for my Pay Parking Permit?

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.

You can let us know the new vehicle number plate by sending us your new vehicle details plate and a copy of the new rego papers and or hire car rental agreement. Send us your details here for the 'Change Your Plate' link.

12.   Can the Pay Parking Permit be paid in installments?

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

13.  When my time limit expires, will I need to move my car?

Yes, you will.  Once your time has expired you need to leave your car parking space and park in another space.

Even if you hold a Pay Parking Permit exemption you must obey the parking time limits indicated by signage. Not doing so, can attract a penalty.

With this in mind, it is best to park in an area that has a longer time limit than you think you may need. 

Therefore, if a car space is available nearby (even as close as one space over) you can park in that space. Council's licence plate licence recognition system will be able to prove if a car has been moved or not.

14.   As a Rate Payer, why can't we have parking stickers issued each year as some other Councils in NSW do?

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 Permit accessible online. Residents will be able to simply park and walk away.

15.   Is all day parking available within close walking distance?

Yes it is. To provide incentive to park outside the town centre, Clarkes Beach Car Park, Jonson Street (south of Kingsley Street) and on-street, east of Middleton, has no time limit. Plus we have new All-Day Car Park at the Butler Street Reserve, available 6am to 6pm, and All Day parking in the Lawson Street South and North Car Parks (please note that as of 29 March 2018 these car parks will change to four hour parking).

16.   Where will staff park who don’t live in Byron Shire?

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 E-permit exemption 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. 

17.   Where will the primary schools park?  

All day parking is available in Tennyson Street at no cost, plus workers will be able to access either a $55 or $110 Pay Parking Permit and park on-street or within Council managed car parks.  During pickup and drop off times, there are free 30-minute periods to cover the school drop off/pick up needs from 8am to 10am and 2pm to 4pm.

18.  I live in a residential area that is adjacent to the Pay Parking area. How will parking in these areas be managed?

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.

 

 

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.

The car parks at Cape Byron Lighthouse and Broken Head Reserve are managed by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

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 as a one-off, each year in full. 

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.

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, Butler 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.

Byron Council provides free, all-day parking at the Butler Street Reserve.

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.

All day parking is available in Tennyson Street at no cost, plus workers will be able to access either a $55 or $110 Pay Parking Permit and park on-street or within Council managed car parks.  During pickup and drop off times, there are free 30-minute periods to cover the school drop off/pick up needs from 8am to 10am and 2pm to 4pm.

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

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