Parking rules in NSW

Know the parking rules in NSW. Read parking signs carefully to check for restrictions and other areas where you must not park.

No parking

You must not stop or park your vehicle:

  • alongside another parked vehicle (double park)
  • across a driveway, unless you’re picking up or dropping off passengers
  • on a median strip, unless a sign says you can
  • on a traffic island
  • within an intersection
  • on a children’s crossing or pedestrian crossing
  • on a railway level crossing
  • on footpaths and nature strips, unless a sign says you can
  • in a slip lane, unless a sign says you can.

Your parked vehicle must not block the flow of traffic or become a danger to other road users.

In some places, you must not park at certain times or under certain conditions.

If you have a Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) permit, you can stop for up to 5 minutes.

No parking sign
'Road sign showing do not park to the left of this sign

'No parking' signs

You must not park on a road or in an area where there’s a ‘No parking’ sign. This may be all the time or at certain times, as shown on the sign.

You can stop for less than 2 minutes if you stay within 3m of your vehicle, if you’re:

  • dropping off or picking up passengers
  • loading or unloading items.

No stopping

The ‘No stopping’ sign means you must not stop at any point on the road or kerb in the direction of the arrow, unless in an emergency.

‘No stopping’ areas are sometimes marked by an unbroken yellow edge line.

Restrictions may apply at certain times only, as shown on the sign.

No stopping sign
Road sign showing 'No Stopping'

Vehicle parking rules

You must not park within 1m of another vehicle parked in front or behind (but not when angle parking).

Bus stops

You must not park within 20m before and 10m after a bus stop unless a sign says you can.

Parking near a bus stop
Diagram indicating space requirements for parking before or after a bus stop

Intersections

You must not park within 20m of an intersection with traffic lights, unless a sign says you can.

You must not park within 10m of an intersection without traffic lights, unless:

  • a sign says you can
  • it’s a T-intersection and you park along the continuous side of the continuing road.

Crossings

You must not stop or park within 20m before and 10m after a children’s crossing or pedestrian crossing unless a sign says you can.

Parking near crossings
Diagram indicating space requirements for parking before or after a crossing

You must not stop or park within 10m before and 3m after traffic lights that aren’t at an intersection but have:

  • pedestrian signals unless a sign says you can
  • bicycle crossing lights unless a sign says you can.
'Parking restrictions near traffic lights
Diagram indicating space requirements for parking in certain circumstances before or after traffic lights that aren’t at an intersection

You must not stop or park within 20m before and after a railway level crossing unless a sign says you can.

Parking near railway crossings
Diagram indicating space requirements for parking before or after a railway level crossing

Double dividing lines

You must not park within 3m of any double dividing lines.

Fire hydrants

You must not park within 1m of a fire hydrant, fire hydrant indicator or fire plug indicator.

On or near a crest or curve

You must not stop or park on a hill or a curve outside a built‑up area, unless drivers are able to see your vehicle from at least 100m away. If there’s a parking sign, follow the instructions shown.

Australia Post box

You must not park within 3m of an Australia Post letter box. You can stop to post mail or drop off or pick up passengers.

'Vehicle parked more than 3m from a Post box.
Diagram indicating space requirements for parking before or after Australia Post letter box

Taxi zone

You must not stop in the direction of the arrow or arrows on the sign, unless driving a taxi. Some taxi zones have times shown. You can stop or park your vehicle outside those times.

Taxi zone parking sign
Taxi zone on both sides of the sign.

Bus zone

You must not stop in the direction of the arrow or arrows on the sign, unless you’re driving a public bus. Some bus zones have times shown. You can stop or park your vehicle outside those times.

Bus zone parking sign
Bus zone on both sides of the sign.

Loading zone

Vehicles primarily designed to carry goods can stop in a loading zone to drop off or pick up goods. Goods do not include personal items or shopping.

Time limits are:

  • 15 minutes for station wagons and motorcycles with three wheels
  • 30 minutes for trucks and other vehicles primarily designed to carry goods.

Public buses can stop for up to 30 minutes to pick up or drop off passengers.

Any vehicle can stop briefly to pick up or drop off passengers.

Restrictions may apply for certain times only as shown on the sign.

Loading zone parking sign
Loading zone to the left of the sign.

Works zone

You must not park in a works zone, unless your vehicle is being used in construction work in or near the zone.

Any vehicle can stop to pick up or drop off passengers.

Restrictions may apply at certain times only, as shown on the sign.

Works zone parking sign
Works zone to the left of the sign.

Truck zone

You must not stop or park during the hours shown on the sign, unless dropping off or picking up goods in a truck over 4.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass (GVM).

Any vehicle can stop to pick up or drop off passengers.

Restrictions may apply for certain times, as shown on the sign.

Truck zone parking sign
Truck zone to the left of the sign.
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