Parking fines

Parking fines are a way of encouraging the regular turn-over of vehicles to balance the needs of shoppers, workers, diners and visitors.

Council reviews its fines each year. The below fines apply for the 2020-21 financial year.

Type of park Infringement Fine
Ticket (pay and display)
  • Parking without paying the fee
  • Overstaying at a ticketed park (purchasing and displaying an additional ticket)
  • Staying longer than issued ticket
$61
Time restricted (1P, 2P, 3P, etc) Staying longer than allowed  $61
Loading zone Staying longer than allowed  $122
Commercial loading zone Staying longer than allowed
Parking without a permit
$122
$122
No stopping and No parking
  • Stopping at any time
  • Stopping at a yellow line
  • Stopping within 10m of intersection without traffic lights
$122
Bus zone (unless time limited) Stopping at any time $153
Accessible (disabled) parking Parking without a valid permit displayed $230
Taxi zone Stopping at any time $122
Parallel park Parking your vehicle facing oncoming traffic $61
Centre bay  Reversing out of a centre bay $122

Disputed fines

You can dispute a fine and ask for it to be waived if you believe it is unjustified by completing an application to waive a parking infringement notice and submitting it to Council by:

Drivers are reminded that they are responsible for ensuring their vehicle is parked according to signage.

Council will not waive a fee for:

TYPE OF FINEINVALID REASON

Ticket machines

  • Ticket not displayed on dashboard
  • Ticket upside down on dashboard
  • Did not see the signs or ticket machine
  • Expired ticket - not purchasing additional time to allow for unexpected delays
  • You did not pay immediately on parking (for instance went to get coins from a nearby shop)

Accessible parking spaces

Parking in an accessible space without displaying a valid accessible parking permit

Commercial vehicle loading zone

Not displaying a valid commercial vehicle permit from Cairns Regional Council

Continuous parking

Vehicle parked longer than the time limit specified

Bus zone

Any vehicle not classified as a bus

Taxi zone

Any vehicle other than a taxi

No parking anytime

Stopping in a no parking zone longer than 2 minutes and driver not present at vehicle

No stopping anytime

  • Parking in a no stopping zone
  • Stopping on a road with a continuous yellow edge line
  • Stopping within 10m of an intersection without traffic lights

Payment methods

You can pay your parking fine:

Additional fees

If you do not pay your parking fee on time you will be sent a reminder notice. There is a standard late fee of $16.50, although this may be higher if you are registered in another state or territory.

If you have not settled your infringement within 56 days, the matter will be referred to SPER (State Penalties Enforcement Register) with additional costs.

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Last updated: 01 September 2020