‘Free after 3’: Freo expands free CBD parking for locals

Can I start by saying a big thank you to everyone who provided feedback into the Council item this month on residents CBD parking permits. It was really helpful.

On the back of that feedback the Council modified its position and on Wednesday night Council voted to expand free parking in the Freo CBD and simplify  the rules to encourage locals to spend more time in the CBD.

We have addressed this now so it is simply ‘Free after 3pm’ on-street. We have also retained free on-street parking in the morning until 11am.

These changes mean residents now have access to 20 hours of free on-street parking each day.

Extended free parking gives residents another big reason to shop in Freo and support local businesses. We have a great range of fantastic shops here and we encourage locals and visitors alike to make the most of all Freo has to offer

The changes came about as we responded to feedback that existing residential parking permits were underutilised.  Many residents have told us they found the rules confusing.


Effective from 1 August, residents’ parking permits now include weekends as well as weekdays and the number of hours when parking is free has been boosted. The permits also extend to public holidays.

These new conditions allow residents to park for free at all standard on-street (kerbside) car parking bays during the following times:

  • Valid Monday-Sunday (seven days per week).
  • Free parking from 9.00-11.00 am. Permit holders must abide by the posted time limits (e.g. 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours).
  • Free parking from 3.00-5.00 pm. Permit holders must abide by the posted time limits (e.g. 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours).
  • Free parking from 5.00 pm – 1.00 am. Time restrictions do not apply.

Council will also explore the potential to expand free parking into the off-street areas as well as move towards use of digital permits to make the process even easier into the future.

Visit www.fremantle.wa.gov.au/parkingpermit for more information.

About Mayor of Fremantle Brad Pettitt's blog
City of Fremantle Mayor

7 Responses to ‘Free after 3’: Freo expands free CBD parking for locals

  1. Lydia Wells says:

    Yay!! Thanks so much 🙂 That’s great news.

  2. Emma Anda says:

    Fantastic result! I always did get forgetful and a bit confused about how it used to be, and this is much more straightforward, thank you.

  3. kel says:

    Hi Brad,

    Will you guarantee that the “time limits at each parking bay will not be changed” from those mentioned above?

    Should we be concerned that:
    Due to this rejected Council Staff recommendation to remove all residents free parking “from the inner city streets out to the extremities” that these time limits will NOW be manipulated DOWN to the extent that residents will stop coming in to the city at all due to these limited parking restrictions?

  4. Doriana says:

    The only thing that’s changed is the extra hours on the weekend. Why can’t you extend it to all day parking on weekends, since we lost Point street car park on the weekends. The car park you have allocated is too far from central Freo.

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