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Who can issue a parking fine?

The authority to issue a fine (an infringement notice) for a parking offence depends on where the vehicle was parked.

Car parks or areas controlled by local councils

The following people have authority to issue infringements for parking offences in a council car park or in an area that is controlled by council if they believe that a parking infringement has been committed:

  • a police officer
  • Protective services officer (PSO) who is on duty in (or in the vicinity of) a designated place, or
  • staff member or other officer who has been authorised by the municipal council.

Authorised person

A local council may authorise a person (who is not an employee) to issue an infringement notice for parking offence if they believe that person is competent, of good character and repute (honesty and integrity). The council will have to issue an identify card (with photo id) to the appointed person. The identification card has to have the person's signature and must be countersigned by a staff member.

The person will have to show this identification if they are asked.

See s. 87(1E)—Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic).

Parking fines at airports

Parking rules are governed under Commonwealth law at Melbourne Airport. The authorised persons, fines and procedure for challenging a fine are slightly different under these circumstances.

See Airport parking.

More information


Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic)

  • s. 77—power to prosecute
  • s. 87(1B)—service of parking infringement notices

See Road Safety Act 1986 (Vic).