Parking and traffic

Cars in a car park

Council controls regulated parking areas within the Surf Coast Shire and Authorised Officers regularly patrol time restricted parking areas. Penalties are incurred for overstaying the sign posted time limit in parking bays and in loading zones. Please note that penalties are regulated by State Government and cannot be amended by Council.

You can read about parking and road rules on the Vic Roads website.

Parking infringements

Pay an infringement

Parking Infringement Notices may be paid at the Shire Offices, 1 Merrijig Drive, Torquay and should be paid within 28 days of the issued date to prevent additional charges.

If you wish to lodge an objection to a parking infringement, you can submit an infringement objection form(PDF, 2MB) . Please note that an objection to an infringement can only be made once. Once a determination has been finalised for your objection, you cannot submit any further objections to your infringement.

If you were not the driver at the time of the infringement, you can complete a Statutory Declaration for a Change of Offender form(PDF, 59KB). If you do not include all of the required information, the change of offender will not be processed.

Yellow-edge Line

Under Victorian Road Rules, a solid yellow line along the edge of a roadway means the same as a No Stopping or No Parking sign. People parking along a yellow line face the prospect of being fined.

On the Surf Coast, these lines are most commonly used around street corners and tree-lined streets where signs might not be visible, or in coastal areas where signs might be visually intrusive. Illegally parked cars in these areas compromise the safety of pedestrians and fellow motorists, particularly during peak visitor periods.

Parking - Commercial Loading Zones

In relation to the legal use of commercial loading zones, the State Road Rules allow three categories of vehicles to use such zones for the legal maximum timed period. These categories are:

  1. Any truck or utility built for the carrying of goods, or
  2. Any vehicle that is permanently sign-written (painted) or displays other stickers so as to clearly indicate to Council that the vehicle is being used in connection with a commercial business, or
  3. Any vehicle that has attached to it a commercial vehicle identification label.

Parking - Disabled Permits 

Disabled Permit applications(PDF, 83KB) are available from the Shire Offices, 1 Merrijig Drive, Torquay.

To be eligible for a permit, the application form must be completed by your local medical practitioner and you must be a permanent resident of the Shire.

Unauthorised parking within a disabled zone will incur a fine on the spot.

Parking - Sleeping in Vehicles 

Sleeping in a vehicle in any place within the Surf Coast Shire is an offence that carries a $125 on the spot fine.