Parking Permit Scheme
Details about Council's Echo Point parking permit scheme and policy.
Council’s Parking Permit Scheme for Echo Point is changing.
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If you have a permit issued under the old scheme (issued before 2020), it is no longer valid.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.
There are now two schemes – one for residents and one for businesses. Both schemes limit permits to residents and business within the designated parking precinct.
The old policy allowed Blue Mountains residents to apply for parking permits for Echo Point.
Under the new policy, only residents and businesses located within the designated parking precinct are eligible for Echo Point parking permits, if they meet the eligibility requirements.
If you are not eligible, you can still easily access Echo Point. Paid parking is available, or you can park outside the precinct and walk down if you don't want to pay. The walk is just 6 minutes from outside the precinct, to the Visitor Information Centre.
The application fee for permits is $36.
If a permit is lost or stolen and needs to be replaced, it will cost $50.
Council is charging a fee to cover the administration and processing of these parking permits and will not make a profit from this application fee.
Yes. Council is phasing out the existing permit scheme and permits issued before 2020 will not be valid.
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.
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.
The parking precinct is at and around Echo Point, Katoomba: View the precinct map.
The aim of a parking precinct is to address issues with parking demand and the availability of parking spaces, and improve the balance between resident, visitor, and business parking needs.