Parking Safety

The City of Mitcham promotes a safe and happy community. By parking appropriately, you can help to ensure there is no danger to pedestrians and avoid traffic congestion.

State Legislation requires Council to be responsible for parking management and control to improve road safety. This enforcement is not due to the need to raise revenue, but rather to ensure the safety and convenience of pedestrians and motorists. Enforcement is necessary because unthinking and often irresponsible motorists do not always adhere to the rules, and therefore cause problems and difficulties for the community.

Schools and other No Stopping areas

At most schools you will find a No Stopping area or an area designating restrictions during school hours. Drivers parking in restricted areas can cause blind spots for other motorists and create a hazard for children. It is also an offence to set down or pick up a person in these areas or stop a vehicle on the road edge in an area marked with a continuous yellow edge line.

Drivers should also avoid obstructing entrances or crossing places as it impedes movement of vehicles.

Long Vehicles

It is an offence to leave semi-trailers and trucks parked on any roadway in the City of Mitcham for longer than one hour if they exceed 7.5 metres in length or 4.5 tonnes in weight. This regulation applies to all streets and roads within the City of Mitcham, including industrial areas.

Fire Plugs

The obstruction of fire hydrants and fire plugs is an offence. It is illegal to park in front of a fire plug or hydrant, including in front of private residences.

Disabled Parking

In most car parks and some streets, parking areas are reserved for holders of disabled permits only. If you hold a current disabled permit, the permit must be displayed on the vehicle. These can be obtained from the Motor Registration Division of the Department of Transport. These departmental permits are acceptable throughout South Australia.

Special Service Parking and Bus Zones

Special service vehicle zones include parking for buses, taxis, commercial vehicles and loading. A sedan or station wagon used for commercial purposes does not constitute a commercial vehicle. These areas should be left for the vehicles indicated.


Because of the danger of obstructing drivers' views, it is an offence to park a vehicle within 10 metres of an intersection or junction of streets or roads. The 10 metres are taken from the edge of the gutter.

Reserves and Footpaths

Driving or parking on a reserve, dividing strip, footpath or verge or entering back into the flow of traffic could cause a serious accident. Driving, riding or parking on a reserve may cause damage to the reserve or the underground watering systems.

Time Limits

Time limits apply to some Council-owned car parks and streets. They have been set to keep car parks available for shoppers and should not be used for all-day parking.

Impounded Vehicles

If a vehicle is impounded, costs are charged for its recovery, including towing and impounding fees.

Parallel and Double Parking

A vehicle is deemed not parallel parked if it is not aligned as closely as practicable with the line of the kerb. Furthermore, it is an offence to park a vehicle so that it is facing opposite the legal driving direction on the side of the road that it is parked. Parking between a parked vehicle and the centre of the road to pick up or drop off is an offence.


The below is required legally as stated in Chapter 12 - Australian Road Rules and is enforceable by Council Compliance Officers and South Australian Police:

No Stopping

No Stopping SignA driver must not stop on a length of road or in an area to which a no stopping sign applies.

No Parking

No Parking Sign

The driver of a vehicle must not stop on a length of road or in an area to which a no parking sign applies, unless the driver –

  • is dropping off, or picking up, passengers or goods; and
  • does not leave the vehicle unattended; and
  • completes the dropping off, or picking up, of the passengers or goods, and drives on within the required time after stopping (2 minutes).

Continuous Yellow Line

Continuous Yellow LineA driver must not stop on a length of road or in an area to which a continuous yellow line applies.

Obstructing a Driveway

Obstructing a Driveway

A driver must not stop on or across a driveway or other way of access for vehicles travelling to or from adjacent land unless –

  • is dropping off, or picking up, passengers; and
  • does not leave the vehicle unattended; and
  • completes the dropping off, or picking up, of the passengers, and drives on, as soon as possible and, in any case, within 2 minutes after stopping

Parallel Parking

Parallel ParkingIf the road has a continuous dividing line or a dividing strip, the driver must position the vehicle at least 3 metres from the continuous dividing line or dividing strip.

Parking Abreast

Parking AbreastIf the road does not have a continuous dividing line or a dividing strip, the driver must position the vehicle so there is at least 3 metres of the road alongside the vehicle that is clear for other vehicles to pass.

Signalised Intersection (Traffic Lights)

Signalised IntersectionA driver must not stop on a road within 20 metres from the nearest point of an intersecting road at an intersection with traffic lights.

Unsignalised Intersection

Unsignalised IntersectionA driver must not stop on a road within 10 metres from the nearest point of an intersecting road at an intersection without traffic lights.

Pedestrian Crossing

Pedestrian CrossingA driver must not stop on a pedestrian crossing or children’s crossing that is not at an intersection, or on the road within 20 metres before the crossing and 10 metres after the crossing.

Penalties and Payment

Under the Expiation of Offences Act, tickets need not be attached to vehicles. Details of the offence may be taken and an expiation notice posted to the offender.

If you would like photographic evidence of the vehicle at time of offence; please email your request to stating your name, the notice number, the vehicle registration. Council will send the information within 5 working days.

Legal proceedings may be instituted if payment is not made within 28 days. However, Council may accept late payment subject to additional administrative and legal costs being included with the expiation fee.

To appeal against any infringement notice issued by the authorised officer, an appeal form must be completed either online or in person at the City of Mitcham Civic Centre, 131 Belair Road, Torrens Park between 9am and 5pm.

If the offence is a parking or traffic offence and you were not driving at the time of the offence, you may be able to provide a statutory declaration in accordance with the Road Traffic Act 1961 or other relevant legislation that outlines the name and address of the driver. A statutory declaration form may be obtained from the Council’s offices.

For further information regarding parking control, including concerns regarding parking fines, contact Council on 8372 8888 or email.

Frequently Asked Questions

QPeople are parking across my driveway. Can I please have a yellow line (No Stopping) on my driveway or opposite?
ANo, as it is already illegal to park on a driveway. It is not current Council practise to install yellow lines (No Stopping) on or near driveways. This issue should be referred to compliance officers to enforce.
QIs parking a vehicle partially or fully on nature strips, footpaths and verges legal?
ANo, Parking on nature strips, footpaths and verges is prohibited at all times. It creates dangerous situations for both pedestrians and other vehicles in the vicinity.
QCan I park in a bike lane?
AA driver is not allowed to park in a bicycle lane, unless they are driving a public bus, public minibus or taxi and are dropping or picking up passengers. Bike lanes are effective 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless signed otherwise.

If you would like to provide feedback or ask a questions please complete the Parking Feedback Form