Parking frequently asked questions

While every situation is different, the following answers the most commonly asked questions about parking in the city.

When parking within Adelaide city and North Adelaide on locally-recognised public holidays you can use time-limited on-street parking bays (paid or unpaid) that are signposted MON to FRI free of charge and without a time limit.

It is still your responsibility to ensure that parking signs are read and understood prior to leaving your vehicle.

Please note some parking restrictions do apply - see below

Restrictions still apply on locally-recognised public holidays to all other parking controls. 

These include:

  • continuous yellow edge lines
  • stopping within 10 metres from the nearest point of an intersecting road
  • No Stopping Zones
  • No Parking Zones
  • Loading Zones
  • Bus Zones
  • Taxi Zones
  • Permit Zones
  • Any sign that indicates:
    • At All Times
    • Any Day
    • At Other Times

For further clarification on parking regulations, please refer to the Australian Road Rules.

Time limit areas refers to parking controls such as 1 hour parking.  (1P).

Yes, event parking restrictions still apply during the specific date and times indicated even if it falls on a public holiday.

Refer to our Adelaide Oval event information page. 

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

Expiations issued are available for payment the next business day after issue.

The City of Adelaide offers the following payment options:

  • You can pay your parking fine online (only the vehicle registration OR expiation number is required).
  • Pay via the 24hour payment line by phoning 1300 300 729.
  • Post a cheque or money order to: City of Adelaide, GPO Box 1732, Adelaide SA 5001.
  • Pay at any Australia Post Office with a current expiation notice or payment advice.
  • Phone the Customer Centre on 08 8203 7203 between 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Late payment of the initial parking expiation will incur additional charges. Continued non-payment will be referred to the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit, which can result in your driver's licence being suspended or property seized and sold to satisfy the amount owing.

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

If you believe you have grounds to review your parking expiation, please visit the Parking Expiation page and follow the instructions.

Before you can recover your vehicle, you must contact the City of Adelaide Customer Centre on 8203 7203 to discuss the collection arrangements.

You will be advised of the location of our contractor and can 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.

Did you know?

The City of Adelaide has a revolutionary parking system known as Smart Parking. Through the Park Adelaide smartphone app you can find areas of vacant spaces, pay via your mobile device when you park, then receive a reminder notification 15 minutes before the time expires. You can even pay to increase the time!

Learn more about Smart Parking.