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Going up – the cost of parking your car in Wellington

The Wellington City Council is planning to increase parking charges in the city. It’s proposing an increase of 50 cents an hour in the inner city, and a dollar an hour in fringe areas. Here’s its explanation.

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The Council provides on-street parking to make vehicle access to and within the city and its surrounding suburbs easy for residents, local businesses and visitors.

Increasingly, parks are being permanently removed to allow for the provision of walkways, cycleways and priority bus lanes, which make it easier to travel around the city, and contribute to our goal of making the city more accessible. While the number of available parking spaces is reducing, demand for parking and the costs of maintaining the service continues to increase.

The Council’s position is that people who use the parking spaces should contribute more towards the overall cost of providing on street parking. The Council is therefore proposing through the draft 2019/20 Annual Plan to increase a range of on-street parking charges to better reflect the overall costs and better manage parking demand across the city.

On 14 March 2019, the Council approved the draft 2019/20 Annual Plan for consultation. The draft Annual Plan includes six changes to parking charges.

The Wellington City Council Traffic Bylaw requires a separate consultation to be followed when changes are made under this bylaw.

The City Council would like to:

Change the cost of metered parking on the city fringe from $1.50 to $2.50 per hour, seven days a week.
TR93-19 Increase in Metered Parking on City Fringe (247KB PDF)

Increase the cost of metered parking (Monday to Friday) in central Wellington from $3 to $3.50 per hour and $4 to $4.50 per hour.
TR94-19 Increase in Metered Parking in Central Wellington (297KB PDF)

Increase Coupon Parking, including suburban trade coupons (Monday to Friday) from $8.50 to $12, per day. The monthly rate would move from $135 to $200.
TR91-19 Increase in Coupon Parking in CBD (145KB PDF)

Change the 60-minute free parking zone in upper Cuba St to 120 minutes metered parking.

Limit free parking for Freyberg Pool users and Gym members to two hours per day, but with an additional two hours available at the hourly rate of $2.50.

Increase the cost of Resident and Coupon Exemption Parking Permits.
TR95-19 Increase in Residential and Coupon Exemption Permits (150KB PDF)


To give your feedback, read the traffic resolution report/s relevant to you and complete the online feedback form. The deadline for feedback is 5pm Wednesday 8 May.

The feedback form is also available in a printable version, which can be posted.

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