Parking in Baw Baw Shire

All on-street public parking in Baw Baw Shire is free. Most residential streets in the shire have un-restricted on-street parking for the residents and guests. Anyone may park on these streets; however, if a vehicle has not been moved in 14 days, it may be considered to be abandoned or derelict and may be towed away. A notice to the registered owner will be issued before any action is taken.

In addition, vehicles greater than 7.5 metres in length or 4.5 tonnes in weight require a permit to be parked on residential streets for longer than one hour.

Please contact the Compliance Team for a general permit application form if you require parking your over-sized vehicles on the street for more than one hour.

Time-restricted on-street parking

Parking restrictions are designed to maintain safety and ensure the turnover of the available parking spaces in a fair and equitable way. Parking restrictions may be introduced to regulate parking in certain areas which may include:

  • Time-restricted parking: For example, 1, 2, 3 or 4 hour parking restrictions
  • Permit parking
  • Areas dedicated for buses, taxis or construction etc.

Commercial traders and construction workers may be eligible for parking permits in time-restricted parking areas by applying for a Local Laws General Permit

Off-street parking areas

Off street parking areas are generally available near shopping precincts, railway stations, educational institution, hospitals and nursing homes. Be sure you observe the signage and comply with the parking restrictions.

Where motorists cannot park

You cannot leave a vehicle stationary if it contravenes the Road Safety Road Rules 2017.(PDF, 7MB)

The most common road safety rule violations in Baw Baw Shire are:

  • Parked longer than the period specified on the sign
  • Double parked
  • In a school crossing zone
  • Too close to an intersection
  • Across a lane or private driveway
  • Leaving less than 3 metres of road clear for traffic
  • On a footpath, nature strip or reservation
  • In a no stopping zone
  • In a clearway, bus stop/zone
  • Opposite continuous double white lines

Parking on nature strips

Under State Government law it is illegal to park on a grassed or landscaped nature strip without a specific exemption, and it is each Council’s responsibility to enforce this law.

The State Government introduced these rules to protect nature strips and the infrastructure located underneath them; and to ensure the safe movement of pedestrians and vehicles, particularly when exiting driveways.

Where can you park in Baw Baw Shire?

Are you visiting Baw Baw Shire and unsure of where to park? Are you interested in seeing whether there is a mobility parking space near your destination? Or where there is room to park your recreational vehicle? Baw Baw Shire council has maps available for the townships listed below.*

Please note: The above maps are indicative only. There are ongoing changes to parking signage within our municipality, the maps above may not reflect the most up-to-date parking conditions. When you park, please remember that it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that the car is parked in compliance with road rules and posted signage.

Parking Studies

Baw Baw Shire is a fast-growing area and parking demand can increase with population growth. Parking studies are conducted to collect the required information about the capacity and use of existing parking facilities as well as to assess existing and future parking demand.

Council has conducted parking studies in the townships below.

Please click the links to find out more about each project and its outcomes:

The peak occupancy maps are available below which indicate where the busiest areas were during the parking study.