Parking permits

The City of Hobart offers a number of schemes to assist eligible persons to legally park a vehicle without obeying signposted parking time limits or restrictions.

These schemes are intended to to assist people with mobility constraints or who have a valid work purpose for needing to park a vehicle in a particular location. The City's schemes are described below.

Temporary parking permits for people with a disability

Australian disability parking permits

People with disabilities may be entitled to parking concessions as a member of the Transport Access Scheme. The scheme is administered by the Tasmanian Government in association with local government authorities. It is designed to assist people who, by reason of their disability, are totally reliant on private motor vehicles or taxis for transport.

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Annual metered space permits

For commercial vehicle owners who use different metered spaces more than 10 times per day, the City of Hobart may issue a permit that allows the vehicle to not need to pay the fee for the use of a metered parking space.

The permits are for motor vehicles used in the regular delivery of goods to and from a premises in metered zones. Permits are valid only while goods are being loaded or unloaded and when nearby commercial vehicle spaces are filled. They are not for casual deliveries, sales, maintenance, meetings or purchases. 

Note: Metered space permits only allow you to park for the maximum time allowed on the meter. e.g. you can park for one hour on a one hour meter, two hours on a two hour meter etc.

If approved, you will be issued with a sticker which must be placed on the bottom left hand corner of the windscreen.

The charge for a permit will be $1425.00 per financial year (including 10% GST) and the following conditions will apply:

  • The driver of a vehicle with an authorised metered space permit sticker on the windscreen will be entitled to occupy a metered parking space, without placing a coin in the meter, and a short term (3 hours or less) voucher parking space, without displaying a current voucher (permit not valid in the Hobart Port Corporation area), subject to the conditions on which the permit was issued.

  • A permit will cease to be valid if, at any time, a City of Hobart Officer is satisfied that it is not necessary for the vehicle to be left in a metered/voucher space. In that case, the officer will issue an infringement notice and the owner will need to prove that the parking was necessary.

  • Permits are not transferable between vehicles and as such no transferable permits will be issued.

  • If changing vehicles old permit(s) must be returned to the City of Hobart before a new one can be issued.

  • Metered space permits are not valid in the Tasmanian Ports Corporation areas. This area includes but is not limited to the southern (water) side of Hunter Street, Fishermans Market (Mures), Franklin Wharf, Murray Street Pier, Elizabeth Street Pier and Macquarie Point.

  • A permit is subject to cancellation by the City of Hobart at any time if, in its opinion, the permit is no longer warranted, or the privilege of holding it is being abused.

  • Every sticker will be issued on the condition that the permit holder agrees to remove it from the vehicle if:

  • the permit is cancelled
  • the vehicle is sold
  • the vehicle ceases to be used for the purpose for which the permit was originally granted
  • for any other reason that we require it to be removed


You can apply for a permit by completing and submitting the online form:

Daily metered space permit

Parking meter spaces – whether controlled by multi-bay meters, single head meters or voucher machines – can be reserved by tradesmen and others who require access to their vehicle during the operating hours of the parking meter as part of their work activity on an adjacent building site.

It may be possible for a permit to be issued for multiple days depending on how disruptive this would be on the public and adjacent businesses. It may also be possible for metered spaces to be removed or blocked off for extended periods if needed for long term construction.

The current fees required for a daily metered space permit can be found on our fees and charges page. As an indication, in the 2020/2021 financial year, the fee is $26 per space per day.

There is no application form for a metered space permit. To apply for a permit, simply call (03) 6238 2190, between 8.15am and 5.15pm on weekdays, and have the following ready:

  • Registration number of the vehicle

  • Dates a permit is required

  • Street on which the vehicle will be parked

  • Credit card details to make payment

For enquiries phone (03) 6238 2711 or email coh@hobartcity.com.au.

Daily non-metered space permit (exemption permit)

Permits may be issued to allow parking on streets despite parking restrictions to assist with building construction or special deliveries.

  • A permit for up to four hours costs $24.

  • A permit for one day is $36.

You can apply for a permit by completing and submitting the online application:

Note:  It is less disruptive to other road users, and cheaper and easier for the applicant to seek a permit for a metered space than a non-metered space. Metered space permits can be obtained via telephone. 

For enquiries phone 03 6238 2711 or email coh@hobartcity.com.au

Special permit to use a loading zone

An annual exemption permit is available if you need to use loading zones for your business, but are unable to display the registered name of your business on the side of your vehicle. While the display of a registered business name on the side of a vehicle is a legal requirement for stopping in a loading zone, in certain limited situations this is not practical.

For instance, the display of a business name could invite a clear safety risk on the operator of the vehicle, by identifying that the vehicle transports cash, pharmaceuticals or similar high value items.

The Exemption Permit – Loading Zone requires businesses to demonstrate that the display of the name and address of the registered operator on the side of the vehicle will cause an unacceptable security risk.

Information about the permits

  • They are only valid for loading zones in the Hobart municipal area.

  • The operator of the vehicle must still obey the loading zone restrictions (only use the loading zone when delivering or picking up goods and not for general parking), and ensure they adhere to the 30-minute time limit.

  • The permit can be issued for up to 1 year, and it is the responsibility of the permit holder to re-apply for a new permit if required.

  • The permit is a laminated piece of paper that must be displayed on the vehicle dashboard.

Loading zones are located at various sites within the city to allow short-term parking for vehicles delivering or picking up goods.

Commercial vehicles can use a loading zone (maximum time limit 30 minutes, other conditions apply) provided its registered owner has permanently displayed the name and street address of the registered operator. It must be non-magnetic and on the right hand side of the vehicle.

You can apply for a permit by completing and submitting the  online application:

For enquiries phone (03) 6238 2711 or email coh@hobartcity.com.au.

Permits to access and park in a pedestrian mall (Elizabeth Mall and Salamanca Square)

Vehicle access to pedestrian malls

For commercial vehicle owners who use different metered spaces more than 10 times per day, the City of Hobart issues permits.

The permits are for motor vehicles used in the regular delivery of goods to and from a premises in metered zones. Permits are valid only while goods are being loaded or unloaded and when nearby commercial vehicle spaces are filled. They are not for casual deliveries, sales, maintenance, meetings or purchases. 

Elizabeth Mall vehicle access

The mall is open to delivery, service and removal vehicles between 7am and 8.30am Monday to Friday only (no permit is required during those hours). The bollards that prevent vehicular access are opened and closed by a City of Hobart officer. Access is one way, with drivers required to enter the Elizabeth Mall from Liverpool Street and exit to Collins Street.

Customers and trades people requiring access to the mall outside of these hours for shopfitting, emergency repairs and other building works will need to apply for a permit.

When your permit application is approved, you may also be provided with a key to allow independent access through the mall bollards. In this case you would need to pay a key deposit of $550 (inclusive of GST. Note that GST only applies on forfeiture of deposit).

If the works being undertaken in the Elizabeth Mall involve the setting up of infrastructure or undertaking work in the Mall itself, you will likely also be required to obtain a permit to occupy or carry out the works.

Depending on the work being carried out, payment of an infrastructure bond may also be required as a condition of the permit.

For enquiries on permits to access the mall for building trades or shopfitting purposes, contact (03) 6238 2711 or email coh@hobartcity.com.au.

Salamanca Square vehicle access

Salamanca Square is open between 6am and 10am Monday to Friday for delivery vehicles only (no permit is required during those hours). Drivers are required to access Salamanca Sqaure from Salamanca Place at Kennedy Lane.

Permits may be issued for the use of Salamanca Square outside of these times by trades people, builders, shopfitters, etc. You must apply for a permit in person at the Customer Service Centre (at 16 Elizabeth Street), and complete an indemnity form. A bond is required for the collection of a key, and an infrastructure bond may also be required depending on the nature of the activity to be undertaken in the Square. The key deposit fee is $110.00 (inclusive of GST. Note that GST only applies on forfeiture of deposit).

The permit holder must display the permit on their dashboard at all times. The permit is valid between 10am and 7pm Sunday to Friday, or other times as indicated on the permit. There is no entry to the Square on Saturdays due to the Salamanca Market.

If the works being undertaken in Salamanca Square involve the setting up of infrastructure or undertaking work in the Square itself, you will likely also be required to obtain a permit to occupy or carry out the works.

Depending on the work being carried out, payment of an infrastructure bond may also be required as a condition of the permit.

For enquiries on permits to access the mall for building trades or shopfitting purposes, contact (03) 6238 2711 or email coh@hobartcity.com.au.

The City of Hobart also operates a permit scheme for eligible residents, and a concession scheme for eligible pension card holders.

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Printable forms for all the applications on this page are available to download from our permits page.