Council’s Parking Permit Scheme for Echo Point is changing.

Update on new Parking Permit Scheme

Council's new Parking Permit Scheme for Echo Point has been postponed, following Council's decision at the 25 February meeting.
The new parking permit scheme will proceed from 1 November 2020.

If you have a permit issued under the old scheme (issued before 2020), it is no longer valid. However, the new scheme will not be enforced until 1 January 2021.

The new scheme, adopted by Council in August 2019, limits permits to residents and business within the designated parking precinct, and was enacted to help address issues with parking demand and the availability of parking spaces, and improve the balance between resident, visitor, and business parking needs.

Council still believes this is the best way forward to manage the cost of tourism infrastructure. Postponing the implementation and enforcement for the remainder of 2020 will give the tourism industry time to recover following the recent bush fires.

Despite the Blue Mountains being one of the most visited tourist destinations in Australia, Council currently recovers a small amount of revenue from visitors. This means ratepayers are currently subsidising visitor infrastructure.

What is changing?

There will now be two schemes – one for residents and one for businesses. Both schemes will limit permits to residents and business within the designated parking precinct. That means all permits issued on the current scheme (issued before 2020) will no longer be valid.

The new schemes will balances resident, visitor, and business parking needs, and improve access to street parking for residents living within the parking precinct.

Read the full Permit Parking Policy.

Why is it changing?

The Blue Mountains continues to experience increasing numbers of tourists visiting the region and the costs associated with providing visitor facilities across the City continues to grow.

Despite the Blue Mountains being one of the most visited tourist destinations in Australia, Council currently recovers a small amount of revenue from visitors. This means that ratepayers are currently subsidising visitor infrastructure.

Paid parking at key tourism locations will generate income that will be used to fund ongoing maintenance of tourist infrastructure, reducing the cost to ratepayers.

Paid parking in areas of high demand tourist and non-tourist areas is very common, in Australia and internationally. Research shows a very high level of acceptance, and even expectation, of paid parking in tourist destinations.

The previous long-standing scheme also no longer complied with Transport NSW's Permit Parking Guidelines, and the new schemes now bring Council in line with these guidelines.

I own a business within the precinct, can I get permits for my business?

Businesses located within the parking precinct will be eligible for up to two business permits if they have no off-street parking and for vehicles registered in the business name. 

Read the full business permit eligibility requirements.

How do I apply for a permit?

Eligible residents and businesses will receive a new letter from Council with updated information about when you can apply for a permit in early March 2020.

Already submitted an application? We will call you and organise to refund your application fee.

How long are permits valid for?

Permits are valid for two calendar years, regardless of when during the year you got the permit. For example if you apply for a new permit in January or July 2021, your permit will be valid until 31 December 2022.

I am an employee of a business located within the permit parking precinct – am I be eligible for a permit?

No. Business parking permits will only be available to businesses that don’t have off-street parking, and for vehicles registered in the business name.