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Parking FAQs

For information about safely and legally parking your vehicle when visiting the city, please refer to our Parking in the City guide.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Further information

You can find further information about parking in the city here, including:

Parking in the Park Lands
New Royal Adelaide Hospital – Parking Options
North Adelaide Event Parking
Register for Event Parking
Commercial Car Parks
Motorcycle Parking
Disability Parking
Residential Parking
Park ‘n’ Ride

Who is responsible for paying a Parking Expiation Notice?

The owner of the vehicle is responsible for the Expiation Notice. If you as the owner were not driving the vehicle at the time, you must provide a Statutory Declaration to the City of Adelaide within 21 days of the Notice. The Declaration must including the full name and address of the driver.

If the vehicle had been sold prior to the offence date, you must forward a copy of the Disposal Notice or a Statutory Declaration with the new owner's full name and address to the City of Adelaide.

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How much are parking fines?

Parking Expiation amounts are set by the State Government in Regulations made under the Road Traffic Act, 1961.

Local Government Act Part 3 – Anti Pollution Measures – Sections 236 and 237 & Road Traffic Act Division 9 – Miscellaneous Provisions – Section 86

How can I pay for a parking fine?

Expiations issued are available for payment the next business day after issue. You can pay your fine online here.

What happens if I don’t pay my fine?

Late payment of the initial Parking Expiation will incur additional charges. Expiation disputes or continued  non-payment will be referred to the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit, and can result in driver's licence suspension or property seizure and sale to satisfy the amount owing.

How are parking fines issued?

A parking Expiation Notice can be handed to you, secured under your vehicle's windscreen wiper blade or sent in the mail.

How can I contest a parking fine?

If you believe you have grounds to dispute your parking expiation, please visit our Dispute Expiation page and follow the instructions.

For information on grounds for consideration of waiver, see section 4(2) Expiation of Offences Act 1996.

My vehicle has been towed. What should I do?

Before you can recover your vehicle, you must contact our Customer Centre to discuss the collection arrangements.

You will be advised of the location of our contractor and will be able to collect the vehicle from their premises.

You must bring your vehicle registration notice and/or your driver’s licence with you. We will not release the vehicle to anybody acting on your behalf unless they present a written letter of authority to collect the vehicle on the owner's behalf. You must also pay the fee charged for towing, along with any storage costs incurred by the City of Adelaide.

The vehicle will not be released until the towing fee is paid (cheques will not be accepted).

Please note that storage fees for vehicles increase each day. All costs of removal and storage will be incurred by the owner.

In addition to the towing fee charged, your vehicle may also have received a parking Expiation Notice. 

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