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Disability parking permit

Australian disability parking permits are provided to people with a disability and organisations that provide transport services for them.

The permits are issued by the government of the state or territory where you reside but are recognised nationally. A permit issued in South Australia may be used interstate, and permits issued interstate are valid in South Australia.

If you move to South Australia for more than 90 days, it is recommended that you apply for a permit issued in South Australia.
 
Overseas disability parking permits are not recognised in South Australia; however, anyone who has an overseas permit may apply for a temporary South Australian permit, at no cost, while they are visiting the state.

Who can apply

You can apply as an individual for a disability parking permit in South Australia if you meet all of these conditions:

  • you have permanent physical impairment or a temporary impairment that is likely to endure for more than six months
  • the impairment severely restricts speed of movement 
  • your ability to use public transport is significantly impeded by the impairment.

Organisations can apply for a disability parking permit if they provide transport services to at least four people with a disability.

How to apply - individuals

1. Application form

Complete the application for a disability parking permit - for indviduals (MR256) 188.3 KB.

2. Medical practitioner

Ask a medical practitioner to complete and sign the relevant sections.

3. Lodge and pay

Return the application to a Service SA customer service centre with the fee.

How to apply - organisations

1. Application form

Complete the application for a disability parking permit - for organisations (MR256A) 125.2 KB

2. Declaration

Sign the declaration that the permit will only be used when transporting people with a disability.

3. Lodge and pay

Return the application to a Service SA customer service centre with the fee.

Renewing or replacing a permit

Australian disability parking permits are issued for up to five years. Holders of permits are sent a form to renew their permit about six weeks prior to the expiry date. Renewal costs $10 for one year or $20 for five years.

If your permit has been lost, stolen or damaged it will be replaced free of charge.

A disability parking permit can be renewed or replaced in these ways:

Renewing

  • online using EzyReg
  • by calling 13 10 84 (payment via Visa/Mastercard debit or credit card)
  • by posting the renewal form and the fee (cheque or money order only – no cash) to:
    Service SA
    GPO Box 1533
    Adelaide SA 5001
  • in person at any Service SA customer service centre.

Replacing

It usually takes two weeks for a new permit to be posted to you.

Temporary disability parking permits cannot be issued for more than one year and cannot be renewed.

Permit conditions

Disability parking permits allow a vehicle to be parked in spaces where the international symbol of access is shown on a sign or painted on the road surface.

The permits must only be used when:

  • the vehicle is being used to transport the permit holder
  • the vehicle is being used by an organisation providing transport services to people with a disability
  • the permit is displayed so the number and expiry date are clearly visible from the exterior of the vehicle.

Some parking spaces for disability parking permit holders have time limits that are indicated on the sign.

Parking concessions

South Australia gives time limit concessions to holders of disability parking permits where there are no spaces available for people with a disability and where the sign or meter shows specific time limits.

If the time limit shown is:

  • less than 30 minutes, the time limit for a disability parking permit holder is 30 minutes
  • 30 minutes or more but less than one hour, the time limit for a disability parking permit holder is two hours
  • more than one hour, the time limit for a disability parking permit holder is twice the period indicated.

Cancellation

A disability parking permit may be cancelled if the holder is no longer eligible for the permit or is convicted of misuse.


Related information

On this site

Blue Bays app - displays the location of disability parking spaces worldwide

Other websites

Australian disability parking scheme - Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Contact

Service SA customer service centre
Phone 13 10 84


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Page last updated: 21 April 2016