Parking Regulations
  • Last updated:
  • 09 Oct 2017

Drivers on the Sunshine Coast should be aware of the local parking rules. Parking on the Sunshine Coast is regulated by local laws, the Transport Operations Road Use Management Act and the Transport Operations (Road Use Management-Road Rules) Regulation 2009. It is the driver's responsibility to know and comply with these rules.

Unless otherwise signed, you must park your vehicle parallel to and as close to the left side of the road as possible. 

The following offences apply to parking. Contact council's customer service centre to have a parking officer attend to any issues regarding:

  • parking on footpaths, footpath ramps or across driveways
  • vehicles parked straddling kerbs causing an obstruction 
  • vehicles parked contrary to signs in an area that is regulated.

Click on the links below for details about specific parking regulations.

Traffic signage on the Sunshine Coast conforms with the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (Queensland), within the meaning of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995. The manual contains the design and methods, standards and procedures relating to every sign installed on Sunshine Coast roads. This includes:

  • signs 
  • signals 
  • markings 
  • lights 
  • devices. 
Contact council's customer service centre for missing, faded or illegible signage.

Children’s safety comes first. Parents or visitors to school zones should be aware of the parking regulations in school zones and surrounding streets. Illegal parking in these areas can obstruct the vision of the pedestrian and / or motorist and put children at risk.

Drivers must be particularly careful when parking and driving in and around school zones. Pay attention to signs and restrictions in school zones.

Pick up and drop off areas are often situated in school zones to allow parents and guardians to safely drop off or pick up children. These areas are indicated by signage noting the short time limit that applies.

You must not park or stand a vehicle that is for sale or hire on land or a road under council's control. Council officers may issue fines to vehicle owners breaching this rule.

Standard loading zones may be used in order to drop off and pick up goods and passengers.  Unless signage indicates otherwise the maximum time permitted is 20 minutes for loading/unloading goods and 2 minutes for loading/unloading passengers.

Commercial vehicle loading zones must only be used by vehicles designed for the carriage of goods or person such as utilities,  panel vans or trucks.  A full list of commercial vehicle body types can be located at the Department of Transport and Main Roads website.

Commercial business that wish to utilise a commercial loading zone and do not meet the criteria for a commercial vehicle body type may wish to apply for a commercial vehicle identification label

No stopping zones are installed for the safety of both motorists and pedestrians. A no stopping zone is indicated by a yellow line or signage. These zones refer to the whole road reserve, including the footpath or unformed section adjacent to the road, not just the formed section of road.

It is an offence to park a vehicle adjacent to a yellow line or between no stopping signs:on the road or 

  • shoulder of the road or 

  • footpath or unformed section of the road. 

Drivers risk an infringement if they do so.

See: Parking fine payments

Council staff have a scheduled maintenance timeframe for repainting faded or worn yellow lines.

Council no longer installs, or maintains any existing yellow lines:

  • across driveways 

  • on either side of your dwelling driveway 

  • over an entire length of a residential street.

Under the Transport Operations Road Use Management Act 1995 (QLD) Section 200 - stopping on roads:

(1) The driver of a heavy vehicle, or long vehicle, must not stop on a length of road that is not in a built-up area, except on the shoulder of the road.

(2) Subject to subsections (2A) and (2B), the driver of a heavy vehicle, or long vehicle, must not stop on a length of road in a built-up area for longer than 1 hour, unless the driver is permitted to stop on the length of road for longer than 1 hour by information on or with a traffic control device.

(2A) The driver of a heavy vehicle, or long vehicle, may stop on a length of road in a built-up area for longer than 1 hour if the driver is engaged in dropping off or picking up goods for all of the period when the vehicle is stopped.

(2B) Subsections (2) and (2A) apply unless a local law otherwise provides.

(3) In this section:

  • heavy vehicle means a vehicle with a GVM of 4.5t or more 
  • road does not include a road-related area, but includes any shoulder of a road. 


Built-up area - in relation to a length of road, means an area in which either of the following is present for a distance of at least 500m or, if the length of road is shorter than 500m, for the whole road:

(a) buildings, not over 100m apart, on land next to the road
(b) street lights not over 100m apart.

Exempt vehicles include:

  • vehicles carrying out emergency work 
  • trucks that have broken down. Exemption applies only for the minimum time necessary to effect minor repairs sufficient to permit removal to a place where it may be lawfully parked 
  • vehicles delivering goods or providing services to the area. 

Long vehicles

Complaints about long vehicles (measuring 7.5 metres or longer):

  • which do not exceed 4.5 tonne 
  • standing on a road in a traffic area for more than 1 hour 

are to be referred to Queensland Police. This is under Section 200 of Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Road Rules) Regulation 2009 (QLD) on the Queensland Transport and Main Roads website.

This is not a council matter. These regulations are enforced by the police. For more information refer to the Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Road Rules) Regulation 2009 (QLD) on the Queensland Transport and Main Roads website.

Many popular areas of the Sunshine Coast have marked parking bays that are time limited. You should not leave your vehicle for longer than the time displayed.

Caloundra Central Business District streets are fitted with multi-bay parking meters. The cost to park in these areas is 50 cents for 20 minutes. Only coins will be accepted as payment for parking in the meter bays from 28 January 2014.

See: Parking fine payments

You must not park your vehicle so that it restricts the lane to less than three (3) metres. This will restrict access by emergency vehicles.

Call the Queensland Police if a vehicle is parked:

  • on a street restricting the through lane to less than three (3) metres 

Unless otherwise signed, the following rules apply at intersections and bus stops:

  • Park at least 10 metres from an intersection without traffic lights. 

  • Park at least 20 metres from an intersection with traffic lights. 

  • Park at least 20 metres behind, or at least 10 metres in front of a bus stop. 

  • Parking in the Sunshine Coast region fact sheet[963KB]