Disability parking permit

A statewide Disability Parking Permit Scheme currently operates in Victoria.

The current scheme provides for two permit categories with varying parking concessions based on the applicant’s need for assistance.

The permit must:

  • only be displayed when the vehicle is being used to transport the individual to whom the permit was issued. It cannot be used if the permit holder is not travelling in the vehicle.
  • be clearly displayed so the permit number and expiry date are visible from the exterior of the vehicle.

Parking is not permitted in restricted locations such as Clearways, No Stopping, No Parking Areas, Taxi Only Areas, Bus Zones, and Authorised Resident Areas.

An individual is entitled to hold only one disability parking permit.

Victorian Disability Parking Permit Scheme

A sample blue permit for disability parking
A category one permit holder (driver/passenger) is entitled to: 

  • Park a vehicle in a reserved disability parking bay for the time displayed on the parking sign, or
  • Park a vehicle in any ordinary parking bay for twice as long as the time displayed on the parking sign. 

To be eligible for a category one permit:

  • a Medical Practitioner must confirm that an individual has a significant ambulatory disability* and they cannot access a vehicle in an ordinary parking bay, or they are required to use a complex walking aid** that prevents access to a vehicle in an ordinary parking bay, or 
  • a Medical Practitioner must confirm that an individual has either an acute or chronic illness in which minimal walking may endanger their health*, or 
  • a Specialist Medical Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist must confirm that an individual has a significant intellectual disability which makes them an extreme danger to themselves and others in a public place without continuous attendance by a carer.

*  A significant permanent ambulatory disability is a disability that is not likely to improve in a person’s lifespan 

A significant long-term ambulatory disability is a disability that is not likely to improve within six months 

**A complex walking aid is defined as an aid which has more than one contact point with the ground.

Sample green permit for disability parking

Category Two (green permit)

A category two permit holder (driver/passenger) is entitled to: 

  • Park a vehicle in any ordinary parking bay for twice as long as the time displayed on the parking sign. 

To be eligible for a category two permit:

  • A Medical Practitioner must confirm that an individual has a significant ambulatory disability or severe illness which does not affect their ability to walk, however they require rest breaks when continuous walking is undertaken.

Temporary disability parking permits

Category one or category two temporary permits can be issued to an individual whose ability to walk is significantly restricted on a temporary basis and is not likely to improve within six months.

Organisation disability parking permits

Organisations transporting individuals who meet the eligibility criteria are required to complete a separate application form. Eligible organisations will receive a permit for 12 months.

Types of disability parking permits

Within the categories one or two, councils may issue permits as follows:

  • Code A – for a driver or passenger who has a permanent ambulatory disability or an acute or chronic illness or significant intellectual disability 
  • Code B – for a passenger has a permanent ambulatory disability or an acute or chronic illness or significant intellectual disability
  • Code C – for organisations transporting individuals with a disability (only applicable for category one)
  • Code D – for a temporary permit

 

Application forms are available from your local council. Permits will only be issued to residents living in their council area however permits can be used anywhere in Victoria.
 
The first part of the application form must be completed by the individual or someone on their behalf. The remainder of the application form must be completed by a Specialist Medical Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist for intellectual disabilities, or a Medical Practitioner for all other disabilities.
 
The completed form must then be returned to your local council. The individual or someone on their behalf is responsible for any fees incurred in the completion of the form.

If an individual is eligible for the scheme you will receive a copy of the "Conditions of Use" with the permit.

Please contact your local council if further information is required or to apply or renew a disability parking permit.

Permit renewal

Individuals or organisations will be issued with a permit with a date of expiry. Permit holders should contact their local Council prior to the permit expiry date to determine Council's renewal requirements.

Lost/Stolen/Damaged Permits

If a permit is lost, stolen or damaged, the permit holder should contact their local Council to determine Council's renewal requirements.

Permit cancellation

A permit is valid until the date of expiry and Council may cancel at any time for wilful misuse or breach of the “Conditions of Use”. Councils may impose penalties for misuse of the permit.

Refusal of an application

If an application is refused, the council must give its reasons for the decision in writing and reconsider the application if a second opinion is sought from another Medical Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist.
 

Parking fees

A disability parking permit does not entitle the permit holder to free parking, unless stated on the parking sign. Parking can differ from one local council to another and permit holders should always check the parking sign.

Category one (blue) and category two (green) permit holders are entitled to park in an ordinary parking bay for twice as long as indicated on the parking sign (under Road Rule 206). In the case that a parking fee is required the payment required by disability parking permit holders will cover twice the length of time than it would for a non-permit holder. e.g. a disability parking permit holder parks in a 1P parking bay, upon payment of the1 hour parking fee the permit holder may park for up to 2 hours.

Image of International Symbol of Access (ISA)Reserved disability parking bays 

Only category one (blue) permit holders may park in reserved disability parking bays displaying the International Symbol of Access (ISA). Permit holders in reserved disability parking bays must obey the time limits shown on the parking sign.  

 

 

Parking Restrictions 

A disability parking permit does not allow permit holders to park where there is a red restrictive parking sign such as:

Zone Red Clearway Red Bus Zone Red no stopping sign no parking sign
Loading Zone sign Red

 

 

 

 

Private parking bays 

Please take particular care when parking in private parking bays as parking concessions might not apply. For example, car parks that require payment on exit are generally operated privately and are not covered by parking signs under the Road Rules, in this case they may charge parking fees equally to all users.

 

 

 

 

Image of International Symbol of Access (ISA)

Can I use my Victorian permit when I'm travelling interstate?

Your Victorian disability parking permit is recognised when travelling to other Australian states and territories. Parking conditions can vary between states and territories, so make sure you check your destination's regulations around disability parking before you head off. Find out more about the Australian Disability Parking scheme.

I'm visiting Victoria from interstate, will my permit work here?

If you're visiting Victoria, remember to bring your current Disability Parking Permit issued from your state or territory and display it when using disabled parking bays so you can:

  • park in reserved disability parking spaces displaying the International Symbol of Access (ISA) for the specified time only
  • park in ordinary parking bays for twice the specified time (any initial parking fees still apply).

Victorian Councils will not issue temporary disability parking permits to interstate visitors.


Can I use my Victorian permit if I’m travelling overseas?

Before you leave you should check the rules and regulations of the country or countries you will visit, as rules and regulations can vary from country to country.

I'm visiting Victoria from overseas, will my permit work here?

If you're visiting Victoria remember to bring your current Disability Parking Permit issued from your country of residence, and display it when using disabled parking bays so you can:

  • park in reserved disability parking spaces displaying the International Symbol of Access (ISA) for the specified time only
  • park in ordinary parking bays for twice the specified time (any initial parking fees still apply).
Victorian Councils will not issue temporary disability parking permits to international visitors. 

Victorian disability parking permit scheme update

 

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