Parking and other traffic arrangements are determined by Council after being reviewed by the Local Traffic Committee. The Local Traffic Committee meets monthly.
Tamworth CBD has nearly 4000 car parking spaces, with a variety of time restrictions that apply to both paid and free spaces. Council rangers enforce the sign posted parking restrictions, and drivers are required to check the restrictions to ensure that they are legally parked.
Paid and Free Parking Spaces
Tamworth CBD has 2,325 on-street and 1,521 off-street parking spaces.
There are on and off street parking areas, including Council’s pay and display ticket parking machines and the number of parking spaces in each area.
What parking restrictions apply in the Tamworth urban area?
Time restrictions include 1/4 hour, 1/2 hour, 1 hour, 2 hour, 4 hour and all day.
Parking meters were introduced in Tamworth in 1965, and upgraded in 2008 to the Pay and Display ticket machines shown above.
Pay parking areas are managed by 45 pay and display ticket parking machines. Ticket parking costs include $1.00 per hour and $2.50 per day, in selected areas.
When do parking restrictions apply in Tamworth?
Within Tamworth's central business district (CBD), parking officers monitor the following time zone parking restrictions:
- Monday to Friday – 8:30am till 6:00pm
- Saturday 8:30am till 12:30pm
Disabled parking spaces, loading zones, no parking and no stopping zones are enforceable at any time.
Parking restrictions are enforced near schools, neighbourhood shopping centres, where driveways are obstructed and at any location where motorists are parked contrary to parking signage.
What parking signage is used in Tamworth?
Various parking signs are found in Tamworth CBD. The majority of these indicate a time, followed by the letter 'P', indicating that parking is only allowed for the time set by the signs. For example, 4P means a four-hour parking limit.
Where do I display my car parking ticket?
Your ticket must be placed face up on the dash, so that it can be read by the parking officer. If you don’t place your ticket in a place where it can be seen, you may receive a parking infringement notice.
This information is found on the ticket dispensed from the parking machine.
What if a ticket machine isn’t working?
If a ticket machine is out of order, you must obtain a ticket from another machine in the immediate vicinity of the street or car park in which you are parked. You can report the faulty machine by calling 1300 733 625 and quoting the machine number.
Where are ticket parking machines located in the Tamworth city area, and how do I recognise them?
Ticket machines can be identified by their tall, rectangular shape with the universal logo of a large 'P' on a blue background, shown on the sides of the machine. Parking machines are located directly behind the kerb. There are 45 machines in the central business district, located in White Street, Bourke Street, Fitzroy Street, Kable Avenue and in the Council off street car parks.
Where can I find free off-street parking?
Many free off-street areas exist within the Tamworth CBD, including the following:
- Griffin Avenue (112 bays – all day)
- Tamworth Community Centre car park - access from Peel or Darling Streets (138 bays - all day)
- Dowe Street beside the Tamworth Hotel bottle shop (29 bays - all day)
- Peel Street between White and Hill Streets behind the NRMA office (58 bays - free all day; 2P Monday to Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm)
- Byrnes Avenue between Hill and Roderick Streets (88 bays - all day)
- Byrnes Avenue between Roderick and Murray Streets (62 bays - all day)
- Gipps Street, over the footbridge on the western side of the Peel River, access via Ebsworth Street (198 bays - all day)
- Riverside beside the main Peel River bridge, with access off Bridge Street via Carter Street (136 bays - all day)
Where can I find ticketed off-street parking?
Tamworth has three ticketed off-street parking areas:
- Ray Walsh House car park, located on the southern side of Ray Walsh House, accessed from Kable Avenue - (36 bays all day at $1.00 per hour, up to $2.50 for full day)
- Country Women’s Association/Hands of Fame car park, located adjacent to West Diggers Club in Kable Avenue - (117 bays all day at $1.00 per hour, up to $2.50 for full day)
- Tamworth Town Hall car park, accessed from Fitzroy and Marius Streets - (68 bays all day at $1.00 per hour, up to $2.50 for full day)
- White Street car park, access from Kable Avenue and White Street roundabout - (79 bays all day at $1.00 per hour, up to $2.50 for full day)
How much does it cost to park in the ticketed Council car parks?
- Hourly tickets cost $1.00 and may be purchased from a ticket machine
- Monthly parking permits are available for $52 and may be purchased from Council Customer Service Centre in the Ray Walsh House foyer. These permits can only be used in the four off-street ticket carparks, outlined above.
Are there any specified areas for disabled parking in Tamworth?
Council has designated disabled parking spaces throughout the central business district. These spaces are signposted with a symbol for people with disabilities.
Who can park in a disabled parking space?
These spaces are reserved for drivers with a current parking permit for people with disabilities, or a Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) permit issued by the RMS.
Do any other parking concessions apply to people with disabilities?
If you have a Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) permit, the following concessions apply:
Please note: The MPS permit does not allow you to park in 'No Parking' or 'No Stopping' zones or in taxi or bus zones.
- parking in a ticketed area, no charge
- limited parking (over 30 minutes), the vehicle can park for an unlimited time
- limited parking (up to 30 minutes), the vehicle can park for 2 hours
- limited parking (less than 30 minutes), the vehicle can park for a maximum time of 30 minutes