NSW Police have overall responsibility for the enforcement of parking legislation within the State.

Council is jointly responsible with NSW Police for the enforcement of parking legislation within our local government area.

Public safety and equitable access to parking overarches Council’s role in enforcing the parking rules and managing traffic flow.

Council’s enforcement of the On-Street Parking Program concentrates on the time restricted CBD areas of Ballina, Lennox Head and Alstonville and is designed to facilitate ease of access to local businesses in high demand areas. Disability parking spaces are important to enable those with disabilities to park close to required facilities and particular attention is paid to these spaces to ensure compliance.

The safety of children and pedestrians around school zones is the primary aim of parking enforcement in school zones.  Children may often behave unpredictably and enforcement during School Zone times is an important contribution towards the safety of those children.

Council’s School Zone Parking Program is a combination of education and enforcement and is conducted in all high risk school zones within the Shire. Council regularly liaises with school officials to ensure that safety messages are conveyed to those driving children to school.

Rules for Safe and Legal Parking

  • Read all signs – regulated parking areas are clearly sign-posted to advise motorists of parking requirements for that particular area. Pay particular attention to multiple signs and time restrictions.
  • No Parking areas can be used for drop off and pick up of people or goods. However the driver must remain within 3 metres of the vehicle and not stay longer than 2 minutes.
  • School Zones - Be aware of signage changes. For example a parking area may become a Bus Zone during certain times of the day in school zones.
  • No Stopping - Do not stop for any reason other than an emergency in a No Stopping zone, Taxi zone, Bus zone or on a yellow line painted on the side of the road.
  • Loading Zones - are designated essentially for commercial vehicles such as vans, trucks etc. Be aware that sedans are only permitted to stop in a Loading Zone to drop off or pick up passengers. Trucks are limited to 30 minutes and other types of commercial vehicles including station wagons - to 15 minutes.
  • Disabled Parking Areas – these areas are only for drivers displaying a valid RMS Mobility Parking Scheme permit on the vehicle. Penalty for disobeying this rule attracts a penalty exceeding $540 and one demerit point.

If you require any further information Council Rangers can provide assistance.

Received a Parking Fine? 

Parking fines are set by State legislation and administration and recovery is conducted by Revenue NSW. (REVNSW)

Enforcement commences with the issue of a Penalty Infringement Notice which alleges that an offence has occurred. You have rights of review and appeal which can be exercised by asking REVNSW for a review or requesting that the matter be referred to a Local Court.

Once a Penalty Infringement Notice has been issued Council will not entertain requests for review unless referred to Council by REVNSW. You have three choices to make once you have received a Penalty Infringement Notice.

  1. Pay the fine.
  2. Request a review by REVNSW.
  3. Have the matter decided by a Local Court.

Pay the fine

Please note that Council cannot accept any fine payments.

You must pay the fine within 21 days of receipt. Methods of payment are listed on the back of the Penalty Infringement Notice and any further information can be obtained from the REVNSW website.

As of the date of this advice was prepared following are contact details and methods of payment to REVNSW:-

Phone                   1300 130 112

In person             Any Australia Post store or a Service NSW centre.

On Line       


Pay via the Service NSW app.

By Post                 REVNSW 
                              PO Box 786
                              STRAWBERRY HILLS
                              NSW 2012.

Request a review by REVNSW

Follow the procedure set out on the back of the Penalty Infringement Notice.

Have the matter decided by a Local Court

Follow the procedure set out on the back of the Penalty Infringement Notice. After your Court election notice has been received by REVNSW you will receive a Court Attendance Notice to attend a Local Court on a certain date and time.


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