Disability parking permits

Disability parking permits

Australian Disability Parking Scheme

The Australian Disability Parking Scheme includes a nationally recognised Australian Disability Parking Permit. This permit establishes consistent eligibility criteria and reduces barriers for permit holders when travelling interstate.

If you are a member of the scheme, you can display the Australian Disability Parking Scheme permit on your car windscreen, and receive an extra amount of time on a metered parking space (to stay longer you must still pay the full amount for the original parking time).

Permit applications for members of the scheme are managed through State authorities. In Tasmania, the Transport Access Scheme (TAS) assists people with a life-long permanent and severe disability which affects mobility.

An Australian Disability Parking Permit entitles TAS members to utilise disability parking spots and additional time in areas controlled by parking signs (including parking meters).

Temporary Australian Disability Parking Permits for non-TAS members may be applied for through major metropolitan councils.

More information on the two categories of permit available is listed below.

Permanent disabilities

If you have a permanent disability which severely impacts your mobility you can apply using a confidential application form available from any Service Tasmania office.

For more information, please visit the Department of State Growth (Transport) website.

Using an Australian Disability Parking Permit

The permit must only be displayed when the vehicle is being used to transport the permit holder.

It must be displayed so all details remain clearly visible through the front windscreen throughout the duration of parking.

Parking is not permitted in restricted locations (indicated by red signs) such as clearways, loading zones, no stopping zones, taxi only areas, bus zones and permit zones.

If you don't meet the conditions, you may receive a parking fine.

Temporary disabilities

If you have a significant ambulatory disability (i.e. that restricts movement) that isn't permanent, but is not likely to improve within six months, you may be eligible for a temporary permit.

The City of Hobart's temporary permits are recognised state-wide. You can apply for a permit by completing and submitting the online temporary disability parking permit application form. A printable form is available on our forms page.

As part of the application process you are also required to provide a medical report(PDF, 49KB) completed by a qualified health professional and attach it to your application.

Parking zones for people with disabilities

An Australian Disability Parking Permit entitles the permit holder to park a vehicle in a parking bay reserved for people with disabilities for the specified time limit only.

Example of parking signs indicating that the parking bay is reserved for disability parking permit holders:

Parking signs - for disability parking permit holders

Find out more about Hobart's accessibility and parking concession options including the City's mobility map and wheelchair hire access by visiting the accessible transport and parking page.