Local Laws – parking
The Borough of Queenscliffe has parking areas that are time restricted as well as parking bays for special needs – for example, disabled bays and loading zones. Local law officers regularly patrol the municipality and issue on-the-spot fines for anyone breaching the Road Regulations.
We ask that people observe the signage in the Borough and take care not to obstruct access for pedestrians or vehicles.
Penalty infringement notices
If you have been issued with a penalty infringement notice, you have 21 days in which to pay or appeal the penalty infringement notice to avoid additional charges.
To appeal a penalty infringement notice, click here to download an Application for Internal Review form. Please complete all the white sections on the form, cross where applicable, sign and date and return the completed form to the Borough of Queenscliffe:
- By mail to: PO Box 93, Queenscliffe, Victoria, 3225
- By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In person to: 50 Learmonth Street, Queenscliff, Victoria, 3225
How to pay a penalty infringement notice
Payment for penalty infringement notices must be received by the due date specified on the penalty infringement notice.
- By phone - please call Customer Service on 03 5258 1377 to make a payment by phone (credit card only).
- By mail - complete the details on the back of the infringement notice and send the completed notice to the Borough of Queenscliffe, PO Box 93, Queenscliff, Victoria, 3225 with a cheque or money order, for the amount specified on the infringement notice, made payable to the Borough of Queenscliffe. Please ensure you allow enough time for the mailed payment to reach the Borough of Queenscliffe by the due date on the infringement notice. Please do not send cash.
- In person - make your payment in person at Council's offices at 50 Learmonth Street, Queenscliff from Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 4:30pm.
- Payment plan - under Section 46 of the Infringements Act 2006, you may be eligible for a payment plan, provided the infringement notice has not been issued to a body corporate. For further information about payment plans and your elibility, please call Customer Service on 03 5258 1377 or write to the Borough of Queenscliffe at PO Box 93, Queenscliff, Victoria, 3225.
If the penalty is paid by the due date specified on the front of the penalty infringement notice, the matter will not be brought before a court. If the penalty infringement notice is withdrawn and you have already paid it, your payment will be refunded.
To be eligible to use a loading zone, your vehicle must fall into one of the following three categories:
- A truck or utility built for the carrying of goods
- A vehicle that is permanently sign-written (painted) or displays a magnetic or other sticker so as to clearly indicate to Council that the vehicle is being used in connection with a commercial business
- A vehicle that has a 'G' registration.
You must be loading or unloading goods and are only permitted to stay the indicated time.
Penalties apply to vehicles that do not qualify to use the loading zone.
Disabled parking permits
Disabled parking bays are reserved for people who hold a valid category 1 permit only.
The disabled person must get out of the vehicle when using these bays. If all available disabled bays are occupied, a permit holder may stay twice as long as the time limit specified in a normal parking bay. Disabled parking permits are to be displayed on the dashboard of the car.
To be eligible for a disabled permit, your doctor must complete an application form and then submit it to Council for assessment. Council will contact you within three to five days and let you know whether your application is successful.
Penalties apply to anyone parking without a valid permit in a disabled bay.
Sleeping in vehicles
It is an offence to sleep in any vehicle in any public place in the Borough of Queenscliffe. Arrangements for accommodation should be made before arriving to ensure you have a place to stay.
Penalties apply per person.
Alcohol in vehicles and public places
A person must not consume any liquor or have in his or her possession any liquor in an open container in any public place or in a vehicle in a public place. The exceptions are where premises are licensed premises or authorised premises under the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 or where the Council has granted an exemption or a permit.
Penalties apply per person.