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Parking Explained


The City of Victor Harbor  on-street parking facilities located throughout the township to cater for the needs of the motoring public.

The on-street parking controls are designed to maximise the use of the available parking spaces and to give, in as fair as way  possible, some degree of reasonable parking facilities to the majority of motorists.

Council endeavours to provide parking controls for the sometimes conflicting requirements of businesses, visitors, residents and traffic management.

Within South Australia parking is controlled by the combination of the Australian Road Rules 1999, the Road Traffic Act 1961 and Regulations made under the Acts.

This information has been produced to assist you, the motorist, to understand these parking controls and to help you to make the most suitable parking arrangements when visiting Victor Harbor.

This is Council's interpretation of the Legislation and is intended only for information and not as legal advice.

For further advice and assistance contact the City of Victor Harbor's General Inspectors on 8551 0500 and speak to one of our staff.

Signs that are easy to read

Parking control signs have been introduced Australia wide which must comply with the Australian Standard. These signs have symbols instead of words, and the larger letters and numbers indicate the times and days parking limits apply. These signs are designed to be easily read while a vehicle is moving. While this signage is still being phased in, old signs still apply and must be observed. Throughout this information only the new signs will be shown.

Roadside trees may obscure signage so it is always advisable to look carefully for parking information signs before leaving your vehicle. If you wish to report signs which are difficult to see, please phone the City of Victor Harbor on 8551 0500.

Common Signs

No Stopping


The NO STOPPING symbol means you are not permitted to stop unless traffic conditions require it (e.g. in a queue of traffic). These zones are created for road safety.

NOTE: The Supreme Court of South Australia has decided that driving a vehicle backwards and forwards in a No Stopping Zone while waiting (e.g. to pick up a passenger) amounts to “STOPPING”.

No parking

The NO PARKING symbol means you may stop for a maximum of two minutes. The driver must be in attendance and not more than three metres from the vehicle.

Some No Parking signs do not apply for certain vehicles (e.g. emergency services). In these cases the excepted vehicles may stop for an unlimited period.

Bus Zone

A vehicle must not park in a BUS ZONE within the City of Victor Harbor Council area unless the vehicle is a public bus.

NOTE: “Public Bus” is a bus engaged in regular passenger services under Passenger Transport Act 1994.

Loading Zone

A vehicle must not be parked in a LOADING ZONE unless:-

  • The vehicle is a Commercial Vehicle that is dropping off or picking up goods and the vehicle is parked for no longer than such time as is necessary to complete the loading or unloading (but in any event for no longer than 30 minutes);
  • In the case of any other vehicle:- the vehicle is dropping off or picking up goods that are difficult to handle because of weight or size and the vehicle is parked for no longer than such time indicated on the signs;
  • The vehicle is a public bus that is dropping off or picking up passengers;
  • The vehicle is a taxi dropping off or (having been hailed or summoned for that purpose) picking up passengers, provided the driver does not leave the taxi unattended (i.e. the driver leaves the taxi and is over 3 metres from the nearest point of the taxi).

NOTE: “Commercial Vehicle” means a motor vehicle constructed solely or mainly for the carriage of goods and includes vehicles such as a utility, truck and van but does not include vehicles such as a station wagon, sedan, hatch, four wheel drive or coupe.

The times that Loading Zones operate are similar to Parking Zones, i.e. they may cease to operate during offpeak traffic periods. Here are some examples of vehicles which are entitled to be parked for a maximum of 30 minutes in Loading Zones -

Permit Zone


This area is only for vehicles correctly displaying a valid permit issued or recognised by the Council for that zone.

NOTE: Holders of a disabled person’s permit are NOT entitled to park in a Permit Zone unless the sign is accompanied by a disabled person’s symbol.

Disabled Symbol


The disabled person's symbol is also displayed in car parks and means that only vehicles displaying a current Disabled Person’s parking Permit issued under Part 3(D) of Motor Vehicles Act 1959 and driven by or carrying the disabled person may use the parking space. .

Inquiries about disabled person’s concessions for these car parks may be made by telephone 8551 0500 or calling at the City of Victor Harbor Civic Centre 1 Bay Road Victor Harbor.

A map of disabled parking locations is available soon.

NOTE: The holder of a Disabled Person’s parking Permit must comply with all parking conditions. Where a concession applies, it is referred to in the appropriate section of this guide.

Permissive Parking Zones


The PERMISSIVE PARKING sign allows you to park a vehicle as long as you obey any restrictions on the sign.

The 'P' symbol alone means there is no time limit in that Permissive Parking Area.

NOTE: The letter 'P' symbol may however be used in off-street car parks where a specified time or other conditions apply.

Limited Time Parking


A TIME LIMIT may be stated on Permissive Parking signs. This enables anyone to use the available parking space for a set period instead of one vehicle parking for a maximum period of 24 hours (all day). The limited time is shown by a number beside the letter 'P' symbol (e.g. ‘1P’ means one hour parking; ½'P' means half hour parking). Where the limit is very short (e.g. 10 minutes) the word MINUTE is shown with the number.

Holders of a Disabled Person’s parking Permit are allowed certain concessions

  • If the time limit on the parking sign is less than 30 minutes, the time limit for a disability parking permit holder will be 30 minutes; or
  • If the time limit on the sign is 30 minutes or more but 1 hour or less, the time limit for a disability parking permit holder will be two hours; or
  • If the time limit on the sign is more than 1 hour, the time limit for a disability
Ticketed Parking Zone


Parking by purchase of a ticket from a PARKING TICKET VENDING MACHINE is utilised in the Esplande car park for the hours of 9am - 6pm each day of the week and includes public holidays. Parking tickets must be displayed on the passenger side of the vehicle inside the windscreen, or if the vehicle does not have a windscreen, in some other prominent position. Any instructions on the sign, meter, ticket or parking ticket-vending machine must be obeyed.

Drivers should always carry sufficient coins for the machines. Drivers are not allowed to park their vehicles while seeking change from nearby shops or other outlets. Acceptable coins are indicated on the instruction panel of the machines. Please note No change is given.

The expiry time of the ticket is displayed on the visual display panel as each coin is inserted. If sufficient time has been purchased the GREEN BUTTON should then be pressed. Over payment will not give you additional time.

A ticket may only be purchased from the ticket machines in the carpark.

Should more than one ticket be purchased within the specified time limit, then each ticket should be displayed.

Enquiries about disabled persons concessions for the Esplanade carpark may be made by telephoning 8551 0500 or calling at the City of Victor Harbor Civic Centre  situated at 1 Bay Road Victor Harbor.

Temporary Parking Zones


These signs are used when temporary conditions are necessary (e.g. parades or roadworks). These signs will override any other signs in the area. No changes to any existing road markings occurs.

Multiple Zones


State different restrictions or conditions which apply at certain times during the week. All restrictions or conditions are located on the same panel. Each section must be read in conjunction with the other sections.

NOTE: Occasionally sign posted zones are interrupted by driveways, entrances, laneways or fire hydrants/plugs. Additional signs or road markings are not required under the legislation and are only installed if the zone is of sufficient length to warrant their placement. Motorists have a responsibility when parking to check for these items as well as any restrictions or conditions on both parking control signs and/or road markings that apply to the zone.


Lines may be painted on roads to emphasise restrictions or conditions as stated on parking control signs.

Parking bays are marked in car parks or on the road surfaces, the parking of a vehicle is only permitted completely within these bays.

Certain areas have mandatory restrictions and must be kept permanently clear of stationary vehicles. No signage is necessary for these areas, however, solid yellow ‘No Stopping’ road markings may be placed on the road to remind the public (e.g. at traffic lights).

These have the same effect as if the area had signs stating ‘No Stopping Zone’.

Where signs are present to indicate a restriction or requirement, they take precedence over any road markings which may be present.


All vehicles must be parked parallel to the kerb UNLESS the signs and/or road markings indicate angle parking is required.

All parallel parked vehicles must face the same direction as the direction of traffic on that side of the road – this is called ‘the lawful direction’. To ensure a clear passage for moving traffic, parallel parked vehicles (other than motor cycles) must have both kerbside wheels as close as practicable to the kerb.


When parallel parking at least one wheel must be as near as practicable to the kerb.

When angle parking is indicated a motor cycle must park within the bay with either wheel as close as possible to the kerb.


Vehicles must park at the angle shown on the sign or lines painted on the road. In 45º or 60º spaces the front wheel must be as close as possible to the kerb.

VEHICLES MUST NOT REVERSE INTO 45º or 60º ANGLE PARKING BAYS. This inconveniences other drivers and can hold up the flow of traffic.


  • DOUBLE PARKED between a parked car and the centre of the road. This is an offence even if you are sitting in the vehicle with the motor running.
  • Obstructing any DRIVERWAY or ENTRANCE. Any vehicle parked which is obstructing the access of another vehicle may be towed away.
  • Within 10 metres of an INTERSECTION without traffic lights. This area must be kept clear so other road users have a clear view when approaching and leaving. This distance is measured from the kerbing.
  • Within 20 metres from an INTERSECTION at which traffic lights are installed.
  • On or within 20 metres of the approach or 10 metres of the departure side of a PEDESTRIAN CROSSING (this includes school crossings) regardless of whether there are any signs or lines.
  • Within 20 metres before a BUS STOP or 10 metres after, or any sign stating HAIL BUS HERE.
  • On any BRIDGE or CULVERT.
  • Within one metre of a FIRE HYDRANT or FIRE PLUG. Fire plugs are indicated by a white post with a red cap adjacent to the kerb.
  • On a FOOTPATH which is the area from the kerb to the property boundary, this includes lawns and gardens. A FOOTPATH also includes footway, lane or other place made or constructed for the use of pedestrians and not for the use of vehicles. The section of footpath which enables access to premises is part of the footpath and is not available for parking.
  • Anywhere, on any road or street, for longer than 24 HOURS.
  • On any TRAFFIC ISLAND however marked (e.g. roundabout, median strip etc.). A traffic island includes a portion of the road which protrudes from the footpath and is designed to regulate the flow of traffic or divides or marks the end of a zone.

NOTE: It is also an offence to park alongside a traffic island unless signs or road markings advise to the contrary.


A vehicle which has been reported may receive additional penalties for each hour that the offence continues to occur.

Where a sign indicates a time limit which is less than one hour, a motorist may be reported for a Further Offence for each successive period of the time limit, while the vehicle remains parked in the zone when the zone is in operation.


It is not sufficient for motorists to swap places with each other at regular intervals and park all day in the same time limit parking zone.          Vehicles must be moved away from the time limit area for a minimum of one time limit period. This enables more motorists to use the available parking spaces in that location.


The driver of a motor vehicle is primarily responsible for any parking infringement notice and all motor vehicle owners are given the opportunity of providing  Council with a Statutory Declaration giving full details of the driver at the time each alleged infringement was committed.

Should the driver not be identified by the owner (e.g. if full name and address is not supplied) then the owner of the motor vehicle may be liable for the infringement notice under the terms of the legislation.


Time limit parking in some streets in Victor Harbor generally applies Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.30am and 5.30pm and Saturday mornings 8.30am to 11.30am. However there are some time limit areas that apply seven days of the week.


We are aware of the trauma and distress involved when relatives (particularly children) have to be taken to hospital. However, we also have a responsibility to ensure that road safety and access is maintained. For this reason, parking in the vicinity of the hospital is restricted. However, we recommend you enquire with the hospital prior to arrival to determine if parking is available for short-term purposes. All drivers seeking parking    on-street should be aware that all parking in the vicinity of the hospital is subject to restrictions.


1. Parking Inspector can place erasable marks on tyres. It is an offence to erase these marks without lawful authority.

2. Please note a litter offence is alleged to have been committed if an infringement notice or other litter is left on the ground in a public place.


1. Q Can I park on the grass verge outside my home?
Answer ) No. It’s illegal to park on a footpath/naturestrip.

2. Q If I’m in a Parking Zone with a time limit can I move the car to a nearby parking space when the time expires so I can stay longer?
Answer ) Yes, but ONLY if the vehicle has first been removed completely from its current parking area.

3. Q Can I park my semi-trailer in the street all day?
Answer ) No. A long vehicle (including a car with a caravan or trailer attached) that exceeds 7.5 metres in overall length can be parked for no longer than one hour, day or night, in unrestricted parking areas unless loading or unloading is taking place. Note: Long vehicles are bound by normal time restrictions in zoned areas.

4. Q Am I parallel parked legally as long as the wheels of my vehicle are inside the line markings on the road?
Answer ) No. No part of the vehicle must overhang the line marked parking bay.

5. Q When can I park my car in a Bus Zone?
Answer ) Never. Not even for the purpose of the immediate setting down or picking up of a passenger.

6. Q I am the owner of a Range Rover. I wish to collect a personal computer terminal from a local business. How long am I allowed to park in the nearest Loading Zone?
Answer ) A vehicle of the Range Rover type is a vehicle classed as a station wagon or station sedan and is excluded from the definitions of a “Commercial Vehicle” under the legislation. The maximum time such a vehicle may remain in a Loading Zone is for no longer than such time as is necessary to complete the dropping off or picking up of goods that are difficult to handle because of weight or size.

7. Q My vehicle is registered as a Bus. I understand I can leave it parked in a Bus Zone while I grab a cup of coffee?
Answer ) Wrong. Only a Public Bus and other specially licensed vehicles under the Road Traffic Act 1961 engaged in scheduled services may park in a Bus Zone. See the comments under the Bus Zone section.

8. Q I was sitting in my car with the engine running in a Loading Zone waiting to pick up my wife and her shopping. I was furious to get a parking ticket. Surely the Parking Officer had no right to book me in these circumstances?
Answer ) The Parking Officer correctly reported your vehicle. Waiting in a non commercial vehicle is not permitted in a Loading Zone.

9. Q I parked in a Ticket Parking area. I had a valid ticket displayed on the driver’s side of the dashboard of my car. When I returned to the vehicle I saw a Parking Officer issuing an Infringement Notice. I asked him why and he said he could not read the ticket from the passenger’s side of the vehicle. I accept it may have been difficult to read, but did he have the right to book me?
Answer ) Yes. The ticket must be displayed on the passenger’s side or side nearest the kerb and in such a position that it is easily readable to anyone standing on the footpath or alongside the vehicle.

10. Q I parked my motorcycle well within the road markings of a parking bay in a Parking Zone. There was plenty of room for my bike even though a small car was already parked in the bay. Is it alright to do this?
Answer ) No. Only one vehicle is permitted to park in an individual parking bay, regardless of size. However, more than one motorcycle is permitted to park in a car parking bay providing there is no car already parked there, and each motorcycle must have one wheel as close as possible to the kerb

11. Q I own a removal business and use a truck over 7.5 metres in length. How long can I park in:-

  • A Loading Zone - 15 or 30minutes.
  • A Parking Area with a time limit- One Hour
  • A Parking Area without a time limit - One Hour
  • For tasks that require more than one day, Temporary Parking Controls should be considered. A Temporary Parking Permit  is available from the City of Victor Harbor's Civic Centre situated at 1 Bay Road Victor Harbor or telephone 8551 0500
    24 Hours notice is required.

12. Q I sometimes attach my trailer to my vehicle for various purposes when I drive into town. Together the car and trailer are over 7.5 metres in length. Does this make my car a “Long Vehicle” for the purpose of the legislation?
Answer ) Yes.

13. Q If I park my vehicle and trailer in a Loading Zone how long am I allowed to have to load/unload under the Australian Road Rules?
Answer ) There are no special provisions for non commercial vehicles with trailers attached that entitles them to be parked in Loading Zones.
That being said, if the towing vehicle is a Commercial Vehicle the maximum time is 30 minutes.

14. Q My vehicle is a Long Vehicle (i.e. over 7.5 metres in length). How long can I park in an angle Parking Zone?
Answer ) You can not park your vehicle in angle parking bays and as the driver of the vehicle you should find alternative parallel parking options.

15. Q My vehicle is a long vehicle. Am I allowed to parallel park in a Parking Zone and use more than one space?
Answer ) Yes. But only where parallel parking is permitted and you must occupy the least number of bays as possible.

16. Q I had friends to stay at the weekend. As I have car space for one vehicle only on my property, I allowed my friends to park their car on the road across the entrance to my property. As I gave them permission to obstruct my entrance, could their vehicle still be booked?
Answer ) Yes. No one including the property owner is permitted to block access to a driveway.

17. Q I parked in a 15 minute Parking Zone to collect a prescription from my doctor. I was delayed and did not return for over 45 minutes. I was horrified to see I had been given 3 Infringement Notices. One for exceeding the time limit and 2 for further offences. Was the Parking Officer right in booking me that way?
Answer ) Yes. It is the driver’s responsibility to park in an appropriate place and to allow sufficient time even if their business is delayed. Further offences occur when a vehicle remains parked for successive periods of time that equal the time limit for the zone in which the vehicle is parked.

18. Q My car is a utility. I understand I can park in a Parking Area where vehicle bays are marked out even if my load is overhanging the space?
Answer ) Wrong. The Australian Road Rules provide the total width/length of a vehicle (including the load) must be completely within the confines of the parking bay or space.

19. Q I double parked for a few seconds in Ocean Street while I dropped off my wife. I saw a Parking Inspector and wondered if he could have booked me as I drove off before he could fasten an infringement notice on my car?
Answer ) Yes -There is no requirement under the Australian Road Rules 1999, for an Officer to place an Infringement notice on a vehicle and the notice can be posted to the registered owner or driver.

20. Q I have received a “Reminder Notice” from the Council in respect of a parking infringement which tells me I can complete a statutory declaration if my car was being driven by someone else at the time of the offence. Several people drive my car and I can’t remember who was driving at the time. If I tell the Council I don’t know who was driving, can they still prosecute me?
Answer ) Yes. The owner of the vehicle may be legally responsible for the Parking Infringements unless he or she provides the full name and address of the driver at the time.

21. Q I used to own a Datsun 120Y, but sold it over a year ago through an advertisement in the paper. I didn’t bother to retain the part of the vehicle transfer form headed “Disposal Notice” and realise now I broke the law by not doing so. In fact I signed the form and just handed the papers to the buyer. I figured it was his car now and he said he would see to the formalities of the transfer at the Motor Registration Division. Three months later I started getting a whole series of parking infringement notices. I rang the Council to find out what was going on and they said I was still the registered owner of the vehicle. What do I do now?
Answer ) (1) Provide a statutory declaration to the Council immediately giving the full name and address of the buyer of the vehicle together with a copy of any sale notice to back up your claim.
NOTE: If you do not provide a statutory declaration within 21 days of receiving the
“Reminder Notice” from the Council or provide proof of sale, you may be held responsible for the parking infringements as “the owner” of the vehicle.
(2) You should also approach Transport SA to resolve the situation concerning ownership of the vehicle.

22. Q I parked in a Parking Zone where I was required to purchase a ticket from a Ticket machine. I put in three coins but one coin went straight through the machine and it issued me with a ticket for 30 minutes only. I borrowed another coin from my son and put it in the machine but it issued me with another 30 minute ticket with the time overlapping the first one. What do I do now? 
Answer ) Display both tickets on the dashboard on the passenger side of the vehicle. Instructions on ticket dispensing machine state that the ticket issuing button should not be pressed until sufficient time is indicated on the machine’s visual display panel.

23. Q I had a doctor’s appointment in Ocean Street and I was late. I drove around for ages looking for somewhere to park near the surgery, but all spaces were full up. Eventually I spotted a place I thought I could just squeeze into although it did mean my car was across an entrance to a building. I knew I wouldn’t be long and the building didn’t look used. When I returned my car had gone and someone told me my car had been towed away. What do I do now?
Answer )  Call the Police. They will advise you whether your car has been towed away by the Police or the Council and if so who to contact to arrange recovery.

24. Q I parked in a Ticket Parking area but someone had vandalised the machine. I understand I can park all day in those circumstances without payment?
Answer )   Wrong.  You should proceed to one of the other ticket machines located in the car park.

25. Q My vehicle broke down and I had to leave it in a No Stopping Zone. What should I do to avoid getting infringement notices?
Answer )   If your vehicle is disabled in a No Stopping Zone, immediate action must be taken to resolve the situation by seeking assistance or arranging for the vehicle to be towed away. You should always leave a note in a prominent position on the passenger side of the vehicle (i.e. side nearest the kerb) and ring the Council. If you do receive an infringement notice you will be required to produce documentary evidence (e.g. a letter from the RAA or similar service provider confirming that the vehicle was in fact broken down).

26. Q My child had a seizure and I had to rush her to the Hospital. There was nowhere to park and I had to leave the vehicle partially in a No Stopping Zone. When I came out I had received an infringement notice. What should I do?
Answer ) Obtain a statement from the Hospital in support of your claim that it was an emergency situation and send it immediately to City of Victor Harbor PO BOX 11, Victor Harbor 5211 quoting the notice number of the infringement notice and/or your vehicle registration details.

27. Q Do parking restrictions apply on public holidays and am I still required to make payment for ticket parking? 
Answer ) Time limits in on-street permissive parking areas do apply on public holidays. Tickets must be purchased from the ticket machines located in the Esplanade car park which operate  on public holidays.
However, any area covered by prohibited distances or indicated by a continuous yellow edge line is applicable at all times, as are the requirements regarding angle parking and parallel parking.
Restricted areas such as No Stopping Zones, No Parking Zones, Loading Zones, Bus Zones, Taxi Zones and Permit Zones are applicable if the signs indicate that the restriction is:
o At All Times
o Any Day
o At Other Times
o Including Public Holidays
It is vital to read all signs that apply to the zone in which you are parking your vehicle.

28. Q I am a tradesperson working in the township and parked in a loading zone can I park for longer than the period allowed?
Answer ) Trades people cannot park for longer that the period allowed in a Loading Zone, however, when they have active work to be completed in the township, they may request a temporary parking permit  to park in a time limit or ticket parking area for a specified time  by phoning the City of Victor Harbor 8551 0500 to arrange a permit from one of the parking inspectors. Extensions are granted on a case-by-case basis having regard for congestion in the area requested and any other alternatives that may be available.

29. Q Can I park in my driveway, even though it blocks the footpath?
Answer ) No. That part of the driveway must be clear at all times for the safety of pedestrians.