Factors to consider when buying a property – How important is parking when you live close to the CBD?

What factors to consider when buying a property? Despite the push for a greener world and various initiatives to reduce the amount of cars in the CBD, those of us who choose to live in the inner suburbs still have a high reliance on our own car as a mode of transport.


Unfortunately many of these suburbs came into existence long before Henry Ford invented the motor car and early town planners did not take into account provision for parking for the residents in the Noughties. We see properties in all price brackets without parking and we estimate that some of the inner suburbs (Darlinghurst and Newtown, for instance) as little as 25% of the houses could have parking. So when it comes to purchasing property, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that a carspace is a definite asset! The existence of a carspace has been estimated to add as much as $200K to the value of an inner city property and this figure drops to around $50K in areas with more available on-street parking. So what factors to consider when buying a property?

But the reality is that despite the limited availability of off-street parking people desire to live in suburbs close to the city. As a result, there is distinct competition for on-street parking spaces and all local councils have a parking scheme designed to give favour to its residents.

These schemes all generally work on similar lines. If your property has no off-street parking you will usually be eligible for the maximum number of permits. If you have one carspace, you may be eligible for a reduced number of permits. If you are lucky enough to have two or three carspaces on your property, you won’t be getting any additional permits from your local council.

All councils charge a fee for their permits. But if you live in Leichhardt Municipality you won’t be paying anything unless you lose your permit and need to replace it.

The City of Sydney council area probably faces the most fierce competition for on-street parking and they also have the most complicated residential parking scheme, compounded by a development control plan that means some residences are not eligible – I guess they are trying to make developers include parking in their plans as well as discourage individuals from owning cars.

See below for a brief overview of each council’s maximum permits and links for more information.

City of Sydney Council

A maximum of two permits are available per eligible property. This entitlement is reduced by the number of on-site parking spaces available for the property, within the property.
Fees apply
Residents of many newer properties are not eligible for permits, or are eligible for only one permit.
In Ultimo and Pyrmont, certain residential developments approved after 2 November 1998 are ‘Restricted Properties’. Residents are generally entitled to only one permit per property, reduced by the number of on-site parking spaces available for the property. Contact the City for more information.
In the City East and City South precincts, residents of multi-unit developments approved after 8 May 1996 are not eligible to participate in the resident permit parking schemes.
In the CBD precinct residents of all developments approved after 1 May 2000 are not eligible to participate in the resident permit parking schemes.
There are also a number of other newer properties in the City of Sydney that may not be eligible. Contact the City for more information.
Not all permit types are available in all City neighbourhoods. Visitor Permits are available only in Pyrmont, Ultimo, Glebe and Millers Point, while Business Permits are only available in Glebe, Ultimo and Pyrmont.
The City of Sydney is developing a standard permit parking policy that will address this inconsistency.
From a buyer’s perspective, this is important: It is a condition of development consent for new developments that residents will not be eligible for resident parking permits. This helps to limit the increase in parking demand and traffic from new developments. The restricted access or ineligibility condition is recorded on Section 149 (5) Certificates for the affected properties, and must be notified to all prospective buyers and tenants.

Woollahra Council

There is a maximum of two residential parking permits issued per property. The number of permits issued per household is reduced by every off-street parking space available at the property, nil off-street parking spaces – eligible for two permits, one off-street parking space – eligible for one permit, two or more off-street parking spaces – not eligible for a permit.
Fees apply

Waverley Council

A maximum of three permits may be issued to any residence. The maximum number of permits is reduced by the number of off-street parking spaces available.
Fees apply

Randwick Council

The maximum number of permits per dwelling is three. This number will be reduced for every off-street parking space available at your residence.
Fees apply

Marrickville Council

There is a limit of 2 permits per approved household and are only issued to permanent residents.
Fees apply

Leichhardt Council

Maximum number of permits per household is two + visitors permit in some areas.
Initial permit free of charge – payment required for replacement permits.

North Sydney Council

Maximum of three permits per residence.
Fees apply

Mosman Council

Two permits per residence maximum provided there are two registered cars at the address.
Fees apply
As a nice touch for locals, the owner of each rateable property in Mosman is entitled to 1 free parking sticker enabling the vehicle to which it is permanently fixed to park without paying a fee at the following foreshore reserve carparks: Clifton Gardens, Balmoral South (adjacent to oval), Rosherville & The Spit – East, West and Ellery Park

Willoughby Council

Each household can apply for a maximum of 2 permits. If the residence has one off-street parking space, the household can only apply for one permit. No permits will be granted to residences with two or more off-street parking spaces.
Fees apply

Further reading:

Nine things to look for in a property


Published:- 15 April, 2011


Please note: Good Deeds buyers tips are intended to be of a general nature. Please contact us for advice that is specific to your individual circumstances. You may also need to get advice from other professionals such as an accountant, mortgage broker, financial planner or solicitor.

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