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)||$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
|No stopping and No parking||$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|
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:
- Visiting a customer service centre
- Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail to: Cairns Regional Council, PO Box 359, Cairns, QLD, 4870
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 FINE||INVALID REASON|
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
Vehicle parked longer than the time limit specified
Any vehicle not classified as a bus
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
You can pay your parking fine:
- In person at Council's customer service centres
- At an Australia Post office
- By mail to: Cairns Regional Council, PO Box 359, Cairns, QLD, 4870
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.