Parking meter hours and time limits

Parking meters are found on many streets in the CBD. The first hour of parking is free as long as you enter your car’s registration number in the pay-by-plate meter.

Parking changes for Nelson City

Vehicles may only use their 1 hour free once per day, but that hour can be split into 15 minute increments.

Parking meter hours

8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday
9.00am to 1.00pm Saturday

Except public/statutory holidays.

Parking time limits

Signs with white lettering on a blue background with a P at the top indicate the time restriction in minutes. (P5, P60, P120 are the standard restrictions in Nelson). Vehicles are ticketed for the length of time they exceed the time limit. Any infringement fee depends on the length of time the vehicle was parked over the time limit. A vehicle must leave the time limit area completely once the time limit has been exceeded.

Hours the parking time limits apply

Monday – Friday 8am–5pm and Saturday 9am–1pm except for public holidays or as otherwise stated on signs.

Temporary parking permits for contractors working in CBD

A parking permit is a pre-paid carpark permit that a contractor working within the CBD can obtain to allow them to park longer than the maximum time. Council’s parking team needs to know the purpose for which the permit will be used. Application forms need to be completed and approved by Council’s Customer Service Centre. Vehicles that receive an approved permit have their registration white-listed in Council’s enforcement database for the time that the permit applies.

  • Permit cost per day: $10.00
  • Permit cost per half-day $5.00