Accessible Parking Permits

If you have a significant disability or injury, you may be eligible for an Accessibility Parking Permit. There are different types of permits which allow you to park in accessible parking bays and/or park in regular bays for double the usual time.

To apply for or renew a permit, visit the Accessible Parking Permit website.

VicRoads does not administer the Accessible Parking Permit program. Permit applications must be done online at Accessible Parking Permit website; paper-based applications can be completed in person through your local council.

Using a permit 

An Accessible Parking Permit: 

  • can only be displayed when the vehicle’s transporting the individual who the permit was issued to 
  • must be clearly displayed so that the permit number and expiry date are visible from outside the vehicle. 

An individual can only have one permit issued to them. 

A Permit does not allow you to:

  • park in restricted locations such as Clearways, No Stopping or No Parking Areas, Taxi Only Areas, Bus Zones, and Authorised Resident Areas
  • park for free in areas where parking fees apply. 

Types of permits 

Australian Disability Parking (ADP) Permits for individuals 

An ADP permit can be used Australia-wide, and allows the permit holder to: 

  • park a vehicle in an accessible parking bay for the time displayed on the sign, or 
  • park in a standard parking bay for double the time displayed on the parking sign. 

There are three types of ADP permits for individuals: 

  • Category A: Allows the permit holder to be the driver or passenger in a vehicle 
  • Category B: Allows the permit holder to the be the passenger in a vehicle 
  • Category D: Temporary permits, issued for six, 12 or 24 months. 

You may be eligible for an ADP permit if a GP or occupational therapist assesses you and determines that: 

  • you have a significant mobility impairment that requires you to use a mobility aid or device 
  • a standard parking bay isn’t big enough to allow you access to and from a vehicle 
  • you have an acute or chronic medical condition such that minimal walking (up to 100 metres) causes you to stop several times because of pain, extreme fatigue or imbalance 
  • because of a significant cognitive, behavioural or neurological impairment you can’t safely walk without the continuous support of a carer or support person. 

Double Time (DT) permits for individuals 

A DT permit allows the permit holder, as the driver or passenger, to park in a standard parking bay for double the time on the parking sign. 

DT permits are unique to Victoria and aren’t recognised interstate. 

You may be eligible for a DT permit if a GP or occupational therapist assesses you and determines that you have a significant mobility impairment or illness which: 

  • affects your ability to walk more than 100 metres, and 
  • means that you need regular rest breaks while walking, and 
  • a standard parking bay is big enough to allow you access to and from a vehicle. 

Australian Disability Parking (ADP) Permits for organisations 

Organisations may be eligible for an ADP permit if it provides transport services for people with significant mobility or cognitive, behavioural or neurological impairments. 
The following vehicles are not eligible for a parking permit: 

  • buses (a vehicle which seats more than 12 people, including the driver) 
  • commercial passenger vehicles (a vehicle used to transport people for a fare or other consideration, eg. taxis, rideshare apps, limousine services) 
  • motorcycles

Interstate or overseas permits 

Parking in Victoria with an interstate permit 

Interstate parking permits can be used in Victoria. Please bring your permit and display it to:

  • park in an accessible parking bay 
  • park in a standard parking bay for twice the time allowed on the sign. 

Any parking fees still apply. 

Using Victorian permits interstate 

Victorian ADP permits can be used interstate. Victorian double time permits cannot be used interstate because interstate authorities don’t have similar types of permits. 

Using Victorian permits overseas 

We recommend that you check the rules and regulations of the country you’ll be visiting, because these can vary from country to country. 

 

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