Exemptions

Exemptions for all leviable districts

You may be entitled to an exemption from the parking space levy for parking spaces set aside for:

Parking of bicycles or motor cycles

Car space must be:

  • exclusively set aside for the parking of bicycles or motorbikes
  • clearly signposted as bicycle or motorcycle parking only.

If available, bicycle racks must be permanently fixed to the ground.

Parking by persons who reside on the premises or on adjoining premises

Car space is owner occupied and within the building:

  • verified by land tax principal place of residence exemption
  • supporting evidence provided such as utility bills, phone bill, home/contents insurance.

Car space is on adjoining premises:

  • confirmation from Revenue NSW that the residence and car park location are ‘adjoining’.

Car space is within the building and property tenanted:

  • residential tenancy agreement with the car space included in the terms
  • supporting evidence provided such as utility bills, phone bill, home/contents insurance.

Parking by persons who hold a mobility parking scheme authority

Car space must be:

  • exclusively set aside for this purpose
  • clearly signposted as disabled parking only.

A valid Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) permit must be displayed in the vehicle.

Parking for the purpose of loading or unloading goods or passengers

Car space must be:

  • exclusively set aside for this purpose
  • clearly signposted as loading/unloading only.

If the building has a designated loading dock, supporting evidence must be provided if a car space is still being used for the same purpose.

Parking by persons who provide services to the premises on a casual basis

Car space must be:

  • exclusively set aside for this purpose
  • clearly signposted, for example ‘Courier Parking Only’.

Examples of services using the car space will need to be provided.

Parking of a mobile crane, a forklift truck, a tractor or a front-end loader without charge

Car space must be:

  • exclusively set aside for this purpose
  • free of charge.
Note: if the car space is included in the lease agreement, the owner cannot claim the exemption as there is a charge to use the car space. The owner must provide a copy of the lease agreement to show whether or not the car space is included.

Parking of an ambulance, fire brigade motor vehicle or police motor vehicle without charge

Car space must be:

  • used for garaging the vehicle overnight
  • exclusively set aside for this purpose
  • free of charge.
Note: if the car space is included in the lease agreement, the owner cannot claim the exemption as there is a charge to use the car space. The owner must provide a copy of the lease agreement to show whether or not the car space is included.

Parking of a motor vehicle used only for carrying out deliveries or the provision of services without charge

Car space must be:

  • used for garaging the vehicle overnight
  • exclusively set aside for this purpose
  • free of charge.
Note: the owner of the vehicle must be the owner or occupier of the premises.

Parking of a vehicle owned or occupied by a religious organisation or charity

  • a religious body or religious organisation under section 26 of the Marriage Act 1961, or
  • a religious body within a denomination, or
  • a public charity or public benevolent institution.

Car space must be:

  • exclusively set aside for this purpose
  • free of charge.
Note: if the building is owned by a charity and sub-leased, the car space is not exempt as there is a charge involved.

Additional exemptions - category 2 districts additional exemptions

You may be entitled to an exemption from the parking space levy for parking spaces in Category 2 districts:

Parking by customers of a retail shop

Car space must be:

  • exclusively set aside for retail customer parking
  • easily accessible for general public and not secured by a gate or access key
  • clearly signposted as customer parking only
  • included in a Retail Lease agreement, if available.
Note: refer to Retail Leases Act 1994 for the definition of retail and the required categories.

Parking by employees of a retail shop

Car spaces designated for employees are exempt at the following shopping centres: 

  • Eastgate Shopping Centre
  • Westfield Bondi Junction Shopping Centre
  • Chatswood Chase Shopping Centre
  • Chatswood Myer Department Store
  • Westfield Chatswood Shopping Centre
  • Westfield Parramatta Shopping Centre.

Parking by guests or customers of a hotel or motel

Car space owned by a hotel/motel must be:

  • exclusively set aside for the parking of a guest occupying a hotel/motel room located on the same premises as the parking space
  • exclusively set aside for the parking of a guest attending a function in a hotel/motel located on the same premises as the parking space.

Car space owned by a service apartment must be:

  • exclusively set aside for the parking of a guest occupying a serviced apartment located on the same premises as the parking space

Parking by members and guests of members of a registered club

Car space must be:

  • exclusively set aside for members and guests parking
  • easily accessible for general public and not secured by a gate or access key
  • clearly signposted as customer parking only

Parking by customers of a restaurant

Car space must be:

  • exclusively set aside for restaurant customers
  • easily accessible for general public and not secured by a gate or access key
  • clearly signposted as customer parking only

Parking by patients of a medical centre

Car space must be:

  • exclusively set aside for patient parking
  • easily accessible for general public and not secured by a gate or access key
  • clearly signposted as customer parking only

Parking by customers of a car sales establishment, car servicing or repair centre, or car wash

For example, car yards, rental car vehicles, car washes, business servicing vehicles.

Parking by clients and guests of clients of a funeral parlour

For example, hearse, funeral Coaches, clients and guests of clients of a funeral parlour.

Parking of vehicles that are displayed or stored on the premises for the purpose of being offered for sale or hire

For example, car yards.

Casual and unleased tenant's parking

An unused casual parking space is one set aside for use by the public for the parking of motor vehicles but remains unused for that purpose.

An exemption may be claimed for an unused casual parking space or an unleased tenant's parking space.

Records must be maintained on a daily basis detailing both the number of spaces available and the number used for casual parking.

An unleased tenant's parking space is one that:

  • is unavailable for use as a parking space, except by the lessee
  • has no such lease or licence in force.

For more information on this exemption, view the Guidelines for unused casual parking space/s.

Last updated: 4 July 2018