Proposed Smarter Parking Plan


Ballarat City Councillors have voted to proceed with a detailed community consultation and information program around parking in the CBD and Health, Knowledge and City Living Precinct.

View more information regarding the 31 May Special Council Meeting decision head to news.ballarat.vic.gov.au


Community consultation

A pop-up shop is now open at 315 Sturt Street for your chance to speak directly with City of Ballarat staff about the Proposed Smarter Parking Plan.
You can find out more details to the right of your screen.

“Think tank” sessions will also be held across Ballarat at various locations to be advised.

You can also register for the community workshop on Saturday 1 September

Alternatively, you have the chance to Have Your Say on elements of the proposed plan to help us improve present parking in and around the CBD.
Scroll down and click on the survey link below.


What is the current problem with parking in our CBD?

The City of Ballarat needs to urgently address CBD and hospital precinct parking congestion.

There are currently more than 10,000 CBD workers, with 2000 more expected in the next two years.

Car parking management in these areas requires action now to find the most balanced solution for workers, residents and shoppers while also planning for future growth.

What is the Proposed Smarter Parking Plan?

The City of Ballarat is putting forward the Smarter Parking Plan to address car parking stress now and into the future.

This plan achieves a balance between shoppers, residents and all-day workers without prioritising one over the other, and stops the current piecemeal approach to car parking provision.
So, what does this mean for you?

The Proposed Smarter Parking Plan would remove all time restrictions and instead see the introduction of paid parking across the wider CBD and hospital precinct.

The paid parking would be zoned, with inner CBD streets remaining at the current price of $2 an hour while hourly fees out of the CBD and closer to the precinct’s boundaries would be cheaper.

Keep in mind Zones 2 and 3 will have two hours of free parking before you will need to pay anything.

It would allow users to have greater flexibility over where they park, how long they park for and how much they pay while easing car parking demand on the CBD and hospital precincts.

There would also be a range of payment options available, including coin operated machines and technology options such as smart phone parking apps which would allow users to top up their meter remotely.

Residents in these areas will also receive residential parking permits.


Would you like to find out more information?
View the proposed Smarter Parking zones


Please note parking meters will remain in place throughout the CBD, the Proposed Pay Stations above are in addition to current metres.
This means you will have the chance to pay for parking at any metre within the zone you are parked.

You should find all the information you're looking for to the right of your screen, alternatively you can speak with someone directly by calling (03) 5320 5500.

You may also like to visit our pop-up shop at 315 Sturt Street to speak with a City of Ballarat Officer in person.


Watch the 'Proposed CBD Smarter Parking Plan explained in two minutes' video here

Our aim is to keep you as informed as possible throughout this process.


Ballarat City Councillors have voted to proceed with a detailed community consultation and information program around parking in the CBD and Health, Knowledge and City Living Precinct.

View more information regarding the 31 May Special Council Meeting decision head to news.ballarat.vic.gov.au


Community consultation

A pop-up shop is now open at 315 Sturt Street for your chance to speak directly with City of Ballarat staff about the Proposed Smarter Parking Plan.
You can find out more details to the right of your screen.

“Think tank” sessions will also be held across Ballarat at various locations to be advised.

You can also register for the community workshop on Saturday 1 September

Alternatively, you have the chance to Have Your Say on elements of the proposed plan to help us improve present parking in and around the CBD.
Scroll down and click on the survey link below.


What is the current problem with parking in our CBD?

The City of Ballarat needs to urgently address CBD and hospital precinct parking congestion.

There are currently more than 10,000 CBD workers, with 2000 more expected in the next two years.

Car parking management in these areas requires action now to find the most balanced solution for workers, residents and shoppers while also planning for future growth.

What is the Proposed Smarter Parking Plan?

The City of Ballarat is putting forward the Smarter Parking Plan to address car parking stress now and into the future.

This plan achieves a balance between shoppers, residents and all-day workers without prioritising one over the other, and stops the current piecemeal approach to car parking provision.
So, what does this mean for you?

The Proposed Smarter Parking Plan would remove all time restrictions and instead see the introduction of paid parking across the wider CBD and hospital precinct.

The paid parking would be zoned, with inner CBD streets remaining at the current price of $2 an hour while hourly fees out of the CBD and closer to the precinct’s boundaries would be cheaper.

Keep in mind Zones 2 and 3 will have two hours of free parking before you will need to pay anything.

It would allow users to have greater flexibility over where they park, how long they park for and how much they pay while easing car parking demand on the CBD and hospital precincts.

There would also be a range of payment options available, including coin operated machines and technology options such as smart phone parking apps which would allow users to top up their meter remotely.

Residents in these areas will also receive residential parking permits.


Would you like to find out more information?
View the proposed Smarter Parking zones


Please note parking meters will remain in place throughout the CBD, the Proposed Pay Stations above are in addition to current metres.
This means you will have the chance to pay for parking at any metre within the zone you are parked.

You should find all the information you're looking for to the right of your screen, alternatively you can speak with someone directly by calling (03) 5320 5500.

You may also like to visit our pop-up shop at 315 Sturt Street to speak with a City of Ballarat Officer in person.


Watch the 'Proposed CBD Smarter Parking Plan explained in two minutes' video here

Our aim is to keep you as informed as possible throughout this process.

  • Have your say

    We need to improve present parking in and around the CBD and plan for the Ballarat’s future growth.

    The aim is to make sure the parking system is equitable, fair and achieves a happy balance between all users – workers, shoppers, residents, hospital staff and visitors. 

    To get it right, we’d like your views on the elements of the Smarter Parking Plan. 

    We need to improve present parking in and around the CBD and plan for the Ballarat’s future growth.

    The aim is to make sure the parking system is equitable, fair and achieves a happy balance between all users – workers, shoppers, residents, hospital staff and visitors. 

    To get it right, we’d like your views on the elements of the Smarter Parking Plan. 

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