Smarter Parking

Parking in Ballarat has changed. Here's everything you need to know.

How did you hear about free parking in the CBD?

Free parking was introduced across the CBD over December and January. Now that we're nearing the end of January, we want to hear from you about how you heard about free parking in Ballarat.

Your insights will help us plan for the launch of our new Smarter Parking app in February.

Communications campaign survey


The City of Ballarat’s Smarter Parking Plan Phase 2 roll out began on December 1, with current CBD parking meters removed and new infrastructure installed.

Parking meters that take coins and credit cards, along with a Smartphone app, will switch on in February 2020.

Clearly marked number plate recognition vehicles started operating across the municipality in December.

While the roll out takes place, CBD on-street parking will be free from December 1 to January 31, although time limits will still apply.

Key elements of the Smarter Parking Plan infrastructure include:

  • You will pay only for the time you actually use
  • You will get one hour free, per vehicle, per day​
  • No more tickets
  • No more having to go back to your car​ -  you can top up at any meter
  • The phone app is free to download


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Click on a street to find out more about how much you will pay for parking in Zone 1 from February.



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