Parking and Disabilities 


Do drivers with mobility permits get free parking?
How do I get a disabled parking permit?
How do I use my Mobility Parking Permit?
I'm disabled and was parked in a disabled space displaying my 'sign' to say so, but still got a ticket. What should I do?
If I drive my disabled relative around a lot, can I get a mobility permit for my car – even if I am not disabled myself?   
How should I report someone for parking in a mobility parking space when they don't have a permit?

Do drivers with mobility permits get free parking?

Concessions which are available to holders of a Mobility Parking Permit, vary depending on the local council.

In general they include the use of:

  • mobility parking spaces (outlined in yellow and displaying the wheelchair symbol) which are wider than normal and close to the venue
  • standard car parks and metered spaces for longer than stated times e.g. pay for 1 hour but park for 2.
  • time-restricted zones, e.g. P30 for longer than stated times, as set out in local bylaws

These concessions acknowledge that if you have mobility issues you would take longer to get back to your car.

A full list of the benefits of the Mobility Parking Permit is available at the CCS Disability Action's Mobility Parking website.


How do I get a disabled parking permit?

If you have mobility problems, you can apply for a Mobility Parking Permit, a concession parking scheme owned and run by CCS Disability Action.

To qualify for a mobility parking permit, you must be: 

  • unable to walk and reliant on a wheelchair or
  • reliant on crutches, walking sticks, walking frames etc or
  • unable to walk more than 200 metres without assistance because of the nature/severity of your condition

If you have a temporary disability such as a broken leg you may be able to get a short term mobility permit for 3 to 12 months (the long-term permit lasts for 5 years).

You don’t have to be a New Zealand resident to be eligible for a Permit; visitors with mobility issues can apply for a permit which is valid for 3 to 12 months.

To apply, you must complete a Mobility Parking Permit application form (and ask your GP to complete the medical section) and return it to your local CCD Disability Action office. Forms are available online and at  CCS Disability Action offices

A short-term permit, valid for up to 12 months, is available for an application fee of around $35 (no charge for extension during same 12 month period).

A long-term permit, valid for up to five years, is available for an application fee of around $50

An overseas visitor can get a permit valid for 3-12 months, at a cost of around $35.


How do I use my Mobility Parking Permit?

The permit is issued to a person, not a vehicle. This means that you can use it for any vehicle which you are travelling in (whether as driver or  passenger) – as long as you will be getting in and out of the vehicle (if you are will be staying in the car, then the car must be parked in a standard parking space).

When you park your car you must display the permit on your windscreen or dashboard. If you accidentally leave it at home or don’t display it when you park, you won’t be allowed to park in a mobility parking space or use the concessions.  

You can use your permit anywhere in New Zealand but the concessions may vary depending on where you are.

You may be able to use it overseas, (or else apply for a local one at your destination). 

If your permit is a long-term one, you need to remember to renew it every 5 years.


I'm disabled and was parked in a disabled space with the Mobility Parking Permit displayed, but still got a ticket. What should I do?

If this has happened, and you are sure you have not breached the conditions of your permit (e.g. let it expire) you will need to dispute the infringement with the authority (whoever has given you the ticket). Write them a letter, send an email or call them on the number listed on your infringement notice well before the due date of your infringement, stating why you should not have to pay the infringement. See our information on how to dispute an infringement.

If I drive my disabled relative around a lot, can I get a mobility permit for my car even though I’m not disabled myself?

The Mobility Parking Permit is issued to an individual, not a vehicle. However if your relative has one, you will be able to use the mobility spaces when you are driving them around, as long as their permit is displayed on the windscreen or dashboard.


How should I report someone for parking in a mobility parking space when they don't have a permit?

If you see a car parked in a mobility parking space and it isn't displaying a current Mobility Parking Permit, note the car licence number. If it is in a private car park (e.g. a supermarket car park), you can give this information to the owner. If the parking space is on the road, you can report it to your local authority.

If you think someone is misusing a Mobility Parking Permit (e.g. if a car parked in a mobility parking space is displaying a Mobility Parking Permit, but the only occupant appears to have no mobility issues), note the permit number and report it to CCS Disability Action who will contact the permit holder.