Shared use bay

Find out what shared use bays are for, when you can use them and answers to frequently asked questions.

pay and display or permit holders sign

What shared use bays are for

A shared use bay is a parking bay which can be used by a permit holder and for paid parking, such as pay and display and PaybyPhone.

The sign will say 'Permit holder or Pay at Machine'. It will also state when the restriction applies.

Can I park in a shared use bay?

You can park in a shared use bay if you are displaying a:

  • pay and display ticket
  • resident permit
  • visitor permit
  • hotel permit
  • business permit
  • traders permit
  • council dispensation, also known as an essential council worker permit, for up to one hour
  • if you have paid for your parking using PaybyPhone

If using a permit please ensure that:

  • it's clearly displayed in the vehicle
  • it's valid for the vehicle that it is displayed in
  • the vehicle is parked in the designated zone that the permit is valid for
  • the permit has been completed in line with the conditions of use 

If using a pay and display ticket please ensure it is clearly displayed with details, such as the expiry time, visible from the outside of the vehicle.

Can I park a motorcycle in a shared use bay?

You cannot park in a shared use bay with a motorcycle.

We provide free motorcycle parking throughout the city and you should leave your motorcycle in one of these bays.

Can I park a trike in a pay and display bay?

You can park a trike in a  shared use bay and pay for parking using pay and display or PaybyPhone.  Please ensure if using pay and display that you have somewhere secure to display the ticket so that it cannot easily fall off or be taken.

Why do we have shared use bays?

Shared use bays give everybody from residents, visitors, tourists and businesses opportunities to park in the city.

How do I know what restrictions there are?

The sign on the street will tell you this. If no times are shown the bay operates at all times, 24 hours a day and every day.

I have received a penalty charge notice when parking in a shared use bay, what do I do?

Permit holders should check that they were able to use the shared use bay and that the permit had been displayed in line with the relevant permit’s terms and conditions.

Paid parking users should check that:

  • the parking session was valid if using PaybyPhone
  • the pay and display ticket was visible from the outside of the vehicle and valid for the time and date used

You should then decide whether to: