Parking permits FAQ

How to Apply

I have a Commercial Vehicle parking permit but the loading zone I wish to use is occupied. Can I park in another nearby space?

When not in a loading zone, a Commercial Vehicle parking permit holder must comply with the relevant parking requirements. This means that, if you park your vehicle in a metered space, you must pay the indicated parking fee.

My passenger vehicle is registered as a Commercial Vehicle with Queensland Transport. Does this automatically qualify me to park in a Commercial Vehicle loading zone?

No, you still need a Commercial Vehicle parking permit from Cairns Regional Council. Sedans, station wagons and motorcycles are not permitted to park in a Commercial Loading Zone unless a permit has been issued by Council, even if the vehicle is registered as a Commercial Vehicle with Queensland Transport. The only vehicles that do not require a Council permit are utilities (including dual cabs), panel vans and vans without rear passenger seats and/or seat belts.

I no longer require my Commercial Vehicle parking permit. Can I transfer ownership of the permit or obtain a refund?

No. Parking permits must not be sold, transferred or allocated to another party. No refunds apply to cancellations of a Commercial Vehicle parking permit.

I work in the CBD. Can I get a Business parking permit?

The purpose of the Business parking permit is to help personnel of city businesses who use their vehicles frequently throughout the day and who need to access on-street parking close to their business premises. It does not provide for day to day employee commuting or for business use where a vehicle is parked on the street all day. See terms & conditions for full details.
Note: All applications are subject to assessment prior to payment.

I live in the CBD. Can I get a Residential parking permit?

Due to the limited supply of on-street parking spaces in the Cairns central business district, only permanent residents who live in the CBD are eligible to apply for a Residential parking permit. A strictly limited number of permits are available per dwelling, and the permit does not guarantee an on-street parking space.

The number of permits is capped at a maximum of two (2) Residential parking permits per residential address per dwelling, less the number of on-site spaces available or which may be reasonably provided at the residence.

Applicants must provide documentary proof that they are permanent residents of an eligible CBD dwelling. Temporary residents (ie, who reside in an eligible CBD dwelling for less than three months) and guests of hotels, serviced apartments, hostels and backpacker hotels are not eligible for a Residential parking permit. Note: Not all residential properties within the CBD are eligible to participate in the City's resident parking schemes. See terms & conditions for full details.
Note: All applications are subject to assessment prior to payment.

Last updated: 11 May 2015