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Parking Tickets

If you’ve flouted the rules for parking in Napier's cbd, and have been issued with a fine, you have 28 days to pay.

Pay Parking Fines

Parking fines are generally required to be paid within 28 days. If your parking fine is not paid within 28 days of the infringement notice being issued, the vehicle holder will receive a reminder notice in the post. Then if the fine is not paid within 28 days of the reminder being issued, it will be lodged with the Courts. The fine, plus an administration cost, will then need to be paid directly to the Court (not to Council).

If you can't pay your fine before the due date, ask for the Parking Department at the Council for advice.

Discounts are available if you pay your ticket within 7 days, but only if stated on your ticket.

View payment options for parking fines

Parking Fees

Parking fees in high demand areas of Napier are set at a rate to encourage fast turnaround of on-street carparks.

If you fail to pay for your parking the fine that applies is $40 which is set by legislation and Council are unable to change these. If you do pay and then exceed the time limit, the fine will increase in increments starting from $12.00.

Free parking from two hours is available on the outer edges of the CBD, with the aim of reducing congestion in the middle of town.

Driver/Owner Responsibility

Drivers are responsible for any fines they incur, whether they are driving their own car or someone else's. If you receive an infringement notice for a Stationary Vehicle Offence that someone else committed while using your car, the Council can redirect the infringement notice to them if you provide in writing their full name, current address of the driver, date of birth and the infringement notice number.

All drivers should ensure they park legally and should check the signage in the area in which they stop.

Parking FAQs

A reminder notice will be sent to you if you have not paid your parking infringement notice with 28 days.  If payment is still not made within 28 days after the reminder notice is sent, the unpaid parking infringement notice is lodged with the Ministry of Justice for collection (this will incur court costs).  You will receive a Notice of Fine from the Ministry of Justice.  You will have 28 days to pay the new fine to the Ministry of Justice which also includes court costs.  For more information about the fine process, contact the Fine Enquiries line 0800 4 FINES (0800 434 637) or visit the Ministry of Justice website.

As the registered owner you are responsible.  However, it you provide us with a signed declaration containing the full contact details of the person driving the vehicle, we will forward the notice to them.

If you sell your car and get a parking ticket meant for the new owner, you can apply to have the liability transferred to them. You will need to provide a copy of the change of ownership form or the name and contact details of the new owner and supporting evidence, like a copy of an NZTA transfer receipt, notice of person selling/disposing of motor vehicle form or a sale agreement.

You may have parked in an area with a time restriction e.g. you can only park for up to two hours (P120) in the parking spaces along Dalton Street.

This could be because you have not complied with two rules under the Land Transport (Road User) Rules 2004.

Rules like this are in place for our safety and no vehicle is permitted to stop, stand or park on yellow lines at any time. Refer to Land Transport (Road User) Rules 2004.

Parking infringement notices are issued when you exceed the time limit. Loading zones are for quick pick-ups and drop off of goods and passengers. You would have left the vehicle unattended for more than 5 minutes, or longer than the time specified on the sign.

Paid parking is free on Sundays and statutory holidays. Other stationary vehicle offences still apply on Sundays.

Please contact our Customer Service Team on +64 6 835 7579 and let them knowing the following - the location, meter number, the amount you paid and your vehicle plate number.

Report the faulty meter to our Customer Services team on 06 835 7579 and let them knowing the following - the location and meter number.

Payment can be made at another meter or by using one of the following options -  ParkMate, PayWave or scan the QR code for ParkEasy.

When using the meter by paying by credit card or coins, an electronic receipt can be requested by following the information display on the screen.


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