Accessible parking

If you have a temporary or permanent Disability Parking Permit there are several parking options available.

The disability parking permit, issued by the South Australian government must be clearly displayed: either hanging from the rear view mirror or on the passenger side of the dashboard of the vehicle.

Accessible parking options

Accessible parking spaces

Accessible parking spaces (known as blue bays) are sign-posted or have the accessibility symbol painted on the road surface or signs covering the space.

You can find accessible parking spaces on our Interactive Parking Map.

Please note: if parking in a designated accessible parking space, the time limit on the sign applies (i.e. no extra time is permitted).

Time limited spaces

If your vehicle is clearly displaying a Disability Parking Permit, you have the option of parking in a standard time-limited parking space. You will then be entitled to additional time to the marked sign as follows:

  • If the signed time limit is less than 30 minutes, the time limit for a Disability Parking Permit holder will be 30 minutes.
  • If the signed time limit is between 30 minutes and one hour, the time limit for a Disability Parking Permit holder will be two hours.
  • If the signed time limit is more than one hour, the time limit for a Disability Parking Permit holder will twice the period indicated on the sign.

Paid parking spaces

You may choose to utilise a ticket parking space within Adelaide city or North Adelaide. Provided your Disability Parking Permit is clearly displayed, you are not required to purchase a ticket or pay for the parking session. The time extensions detailed above will be granted, however, please note the following:

  • No concessions apply when parking in a Loading Zone.
  • Your vehicle cannot stay if the space changes to a restrictive zone (such as No Stopping or Bus zone) – please always check the signs carefully before leaving your vehicle.
  • You must purchase a ticket if parking in a UPark or off-street car park.
  • Disability Parking Permit holders cannot park in spaces marked ‘Permit Only’ - their type of permit is valid only in marked accessible spaces.

Remember: The vehicle must be used for transporting the permit holder.

UPark off-street parking

The City of Adelaide operates the UPark off-street carparks. You can apply for an Accessibility Pass which entitles you to two hours free parking, up to 52 times per year.

Refer to the UPark website for more information.

Use of Residential Parking Permit Zones

With the objective of providing additional opportunity for people with a disability permit to find suitable parking within the City of Adelaide, Council is conducting a six-month trial for residents and their visitors to utilise residential permit zones, under certain circumstances.

During the trial, residents will be able to purchase Visitor Booklets under the existing Visitor Booklet Scheme, and issue the Visitor Permits to holders of valid Disability Permits. Any vehicle displaying both a valid Visitor Permit and valid Disability Permit will be allowed to park in a Residential Permit Zone for a period of 2 hours – which is not currently permitted.

In addition, residents who are not eligible for a Residential Parking Permit, however do hold a valid Disability Permit, will be able to purchase existing Visitor Permit Booklets and use the one-off permits for their own vehicle when displaying a Disability Permit.

Details on the trial, how to apply, costs, conditions of use and how to provide feedback can be found here.

The complete Council resolution from 9 March 2021 regarding the trial is below:

That Council:

  1. Notes the findings of the report and feedback from Residential Parking Permit holders
  2. Notes the continued focus on user needs assessments to guide the funding of additional accessible (disabled) spaces in desired locations.
  3. Approves the retainment of existing Residential Parking Permit and Disability Parking Permit schemes
  4. Approves a six-month trial to broaden the conditions and allowances of the Visitor Permit Scheme to assist residents and their visitors who hold a Disability Permit. During the trial:
    1. Residents would be able to purchase existing Visitor Permit Booklets and issue the one-off permits to any Disability Parking Permit holder visiting them.
    2. Residents who are not eligible for a Residential Parking Permit, however hold a valid Disability Permit, would be able to purchase existing Visitor Permit Booklets and use the one-off permits for their own vehicle when displaying a Disability Permit.
    3. Vehicles displaying both a valid Disability Parking Permit and Visitor Permit would be permitted to park in Residential Permit zones, for a period of up to 2-hours
    4. At the conclusion of the trial, results will be reviewed with a view to a longer-term decision being made
  5. Notes the available options and potential impacts presented regarding implementing on-street parking zones which cater specifically for vehicles displaying both a Residential Parking Permit and a Disability Parking Permit.

This enables residents to purchase a visitor booklet that can be used to park in a residential permit zone for a period of 2 hours by the resident or their visitor when a valid disability permit is also displayed.