Do residents pay?
No. Residents of Mornington Peninsula do not have to pay to park. Residents are however subject to any timed parking restrictions and enforcement if they overstay. Each household can access up to five ePermits at no cost.
Fees will not apply to those with accessible (disabled) parking permits.
How can I access a resident permit?
Permits for residents are digital and linked to your vehicle registration. Simply visit Resident Foreshore Parking ePermits and follow the instructions to apply.
Residents need only apply for an ePermit if they intend to park at one of the three locations included in the pilot. There will be no need to apply for a permit if you do not intend to park at Sunnyside Beach, Flinders Pier or Schnapper Point foreshore carpark during the pilot period.
ePermits are a quick and easy way to apply for a parking permit. You will need a PayStay account to manage your application and your ePermit can be linked to an existing PayStay account or you can create a new one.
There are many advantages to using a PayStay account – no paper permits, ease of applying for and managing your permit in your own time, and email alerts being sent to keep you updated on the progress of your application.
Who can apply for a Resident Foreshore Parking ePermit?
To access a Resident Foreshore Parking ePermit you need to provide evidence that you live on the Mornington Peninsula.
You are eligible for (up to five) Resident Foreshore Parking ePermits if you:
- own a property on the Mornington Peninsula and live in it
- rent a property on the Mornington Peninsula and live in it
- own a property on the Mornington Peninsula and rent it out as a short-term rental,(e.g. Air BnB. NOTE: tenants of short-term rental properties will not be able to access ePermits).
- own a holiday house on the Mornington Peninsula and do not rent it out
- own a parcel of land on the Mornington Peninsula with a current building permit to construct a dwelling
- live in a caravan park on the Mornington Peninsula as a permanent resident.
What if I have more than five people living in my house with vehicles?
A maximum of five ePermits will be made available for each property for the pilot.
Will motorcycles be charged at the same rate?
Yes, the charge is per vehicle.
Why Visitor Paid Parking?
Council has been exploring options to better manage public parking around our foreshore areas.
We have more than 6 million visitors a year increasing pressure on car parking and related infrastructure.
Ratepayers are paying around $8 million per year for the maintenance of foreshore-related Council infrastructure, such as car parks, pathways, public toilets, playgrounds, bbqs and furniture. As well as other services such as grass mowing, tree management and beach cleaning.
Paid parking encourages vehicle turnover and influences transport mode choice.
Visitor paid parking is an opportunity for residents and visitors to the Peninsula to continue to share our beaches while more fairly distributing the costs of maintaining these areas.
Why is the pilot needed?
A Pilot allows Council to test the benefits and impacts of a new visitor paid parking system on a small scale, trial the relevant camera-based paperless parking technology and seek feedback in anticipation of wider rollout if successful
How did Council decide on the Pilot locations?
While multiple locations across the Peninsula were considered, the three selected sites ranked highest when assessing key pilot control factors such as cost of implementation, the range of business rules able to be tested and technology considerations.
The three locations have been selected as they meet important criteria to enable a successful Pilot. The simple configuration of how cars enter and exit at Sunnyside and Flinders Pier provides the best environment to trial Vehicle Identification (VID) camera technology and software, while Schnapper Point allows us to test a broad range of business rules and impacts in a more complex situation.
Other foreshore locations were excluded from the pilot due to scheduled major capital infrastructure works that would impact site access.
What technology are you using?
The VID cameras use Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) technology to detect vehicle number plates and then identify vehicles that have not paid and do not have a permit or have overstayed the parking time limit. Security and privacy around the collection of data will be paramount as part of the technology-based implementation of the Pilot.
What time restrictions will be introduced?
Please refer to maps on this page.
After extensive stakeholder engagement with the community and businesses at the three nominated locations, specific aspects of the Visitor Paid Parking Pilot have been reviewed and updated including the provision of timing restrictions.
Influenced by community feedback and local knowledge, timing restrictions will vary for each pilot location.
Sunnyside North Beach Foreshore carpark (Mount Eliza) and Flinders Pier Foreshore carpark (Flinders) will be All Day parking.
Schnapper Point Foreshore carpark (Mornington)will have a mix of timed restrictions including 2P and 4P to encourage turnover but also ensure all day parking opportunities remain.