Parking and kerbside space is critical to the functionality of Melbourne, providing an important transfer space for people and goods in and out of our city. In the City of Melbourne, parking and kerbside space makes up only four per cent of the city’s total street space. This equates to approximately 23,000 on-street spaces across the municipality, of which 1800 is paid parking in the CBD. In contrast, there are almost 200,000 off-street car parking spaces in the City of Melbourne.

In a busy capital city, there are many - sometimes conflicting - needs for access to this limited on-street space.

Examples of how kerbside space is used in the City of Melbourne

City access for people and goods

Loading, bus stops, pick up/drop off

Vehicle parking

Car, motorbike, accessible and bike parking

City uses

Outdoor dining, construction zones, city greening

We’ve also heard that the experience of parking can sometimes be improved. Difficulty finding available spaces and parking signage and rules that are too confusing are two of the top issues reported. For people making deliveries in the city, we’ve heard that loading zone accessibility needs more attention. There is also more we can do to improve parking for people with a disability. Demand for quick access to the kerb for safe and convenient pick up and drop off has also grown in recent years and needs to be better accommodated.

The aim of this plan is to address this feedback and provide our businesses and community members with clear policy for how kerbside space will be allocated and managed to ensure our parking service is simpler, fairer and more reliable.

When kerbside space is working optimally it means improved economic productivity, reliable access for people and goods, less vehicle emissions and improved road safety and city amenity.

Parking and kerbside issues map

Drop a pin to show us parking and kerbside space issues in your neighbourhood. This will help inform future neighbourhood parking reviews.

Parking and Kerbside Management Plan