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Disabled parking permits

Maroondah residents with a disability, and organisations who transport people with a disability, can apply for parking permits.

A disability parking permit provides residents with some flexibility when parking in specified parking bays, however you need to be aware what your permit does and does not allow. 

Individuals

There are two permit categories for residents who have a disability and require a parking permit.

Disabled Parking Permit - category 1 Blue - Category 1

A blue permit allows a person with ambulatory disabilities or significant intellectual disabilities to park:

  • in a bay reserved for disabled motorists only, or
  • for twice the specified time in a standard parking bay.

Green - Category 2

Disabled Parking Permit - category 2

The green permit allows a person whose disability requires them to take constant rest breaks, but does not require additional space for entering and exiting their vehicle, to park for twice the specified time in a standard parking bay.

Category two permit holders are not permitted to park in disabled persons parking bays. 

Organisations

There is a separate application process for organisations. See the application form for details.

Restrictions

Parking is not permitted in restricted locations. This includes:

  • clearways
  • no standing
  • no parking areas
  • taxi only areas
  • bus zones
  • authorised resident areas.

Application forms

A doctor (or specialist medical practitioner or clinical psychologist) will need to complete part of the application form.

See Disabled Parking Permit application forms

About the scheme

  • Code A for a disabled driver/passenger
  • Code B for a disabled passenger
  • Code C for an organisation providing a transport service for people with disabilities
  • Code D for a temporary permit.

Category One

  • If a Medical Practitioner indicates that he/she has significant ambulatory disability such that he/she is required to use a complex walking aid that prevents access to a vehicle in a standard sized parking bay, or he/she cannot access a vehicle in a standard sized bay (Code A or B). A complex walking aid is defined as an aid which has more than one contact point with the ground.
    or
  • If a Medical Practitioner indicates that he/she suffers from a condition which is critical or dangerous to their health, which may be either chronic or acute, and affects the applicant's ambulatory ability to such an extent that walking distances is injurious (as opposed to inconvenient) (Code A or B). A significant permanent ambulatory disability is a disability that is not likely to improve in the person's lifespan (Code A or B). A significant long-term ambulatory disability is a disability that is not likely to improve within six months (Code D). 
    or
  • If a Specialist Medical Practitioner or a Clinical Psychologist indicates that he/she has a significant intellectual disability such that he/she is an extreme danger to himself/herself and others in a public place without continuous attendance by a caregiver (Code B). 

Category Two

  • If a Medical Practitioner indicates that he/she has a significant ambulatory disability or severe illness which does not affect their ability to walk distances but will require rest breaks when continuous walking is undertaken. 

You are entitled to one permit only, which allows you to park your vehicle:

Category One

  • in a special area or bay for people with disabilities, for the time and parking fee specified for that area or bay, if applicable; 
    OR
  • or twice the specified time for any ordinary parking area or by, upon payment of any initial parking fee, if applicable. 

Category Two

  • for twice the specified time for any ordinary parking area or by, upon payment of any initial parking fee, if applicable.

Parking is not permitted in restricted locations such as Clearways, No Standing and No Parking Areas, Taxi Only Areas, Bus Zones, Authorised Resident Areas, etc.

Council provides a mix of wide and ordinary size disabled parking bays depending on the facilities to be accessed. To assist people with disabilities who require additional space when entering and leaving a vehicle, permit holders who are able to do so should use ordinary parking bays, leaving the wide bays for those who need the space.

If you are eligible for the Scheme you should receive a copy of the 'Conditions of Use' with your permit.

How to apply

Application forms are available online or from council offices. Permits will only be issued to permanent residents of a municipality.

The first part of the application form must be completed by you or your agent. The rest of the application form should be completed by the Specialist Medical Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist for intellectual disabilities and the Medical Practitioner for all other disabilities. You or your agent are responsible for any fees incurred in the completion of the form. Your authority for the Medical Practitioner/ specialist Medical Practitioner/Clinical Psychologist to release medical information is to be signed and given to him/her.

An organisation providing a transport service to a disabled person is required to complete a separate application form.

Application forms

Permit renewal

To renew a Disabled Parking Permit, you will need to reapply using the permit application form, and have your doctor fill in the appropriate section.

Permit duration

  • If you have a permanent disability you will be issued with a permit for three years.
  • Temporary permits will be issued to an individual who's ability to walk is significantly restricted on a temporary basis and is not likely to improve within six months.
  • Organisations will receive a permit for 12 months. 

A permit is automatically cancelled after the expiry date and may be cancelled at any time for wilful misuse or breach of the Conditions of Use. Such cancellation shall be notified in writing. Penalties may be imposed for misuse of the permit. Further information may be obtained from your local council.

Where an application is refused, the council must give reasons for its decision in writing and reconsider your application if you send a second opinion from another Medical Practitioner or Clinical Psychologist. 

Permits can be used anywhere in Australia. Parking concessions may be different in other states or territories and you should check the conditions applying to the Disabled Persons Parking Scheme in the state or territory you intend to visit.

The permit must be displayed on the passenger side of the vehicle so that its details are clearly visible from the outside of the vehicle.

We recommend you place the permit on the dashboard, ensuring the permit number, code and expiry date can be seen.

Further information

Find out more about the scheme from the VicRoads website

For further information on Disabled Parking Permits, contact Council on 1300 88 22 33. 

26/06/2017
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