'Free after 3': City expands free parking for locals

  • The City of Fremantle has consolidated its commitment to provide free on-street parking for local residents within its central business and activity area.
  • From 1 August, residents' parking permits will also include weekends as well as weekdays and the number of hours when parking is free has also been boosted.
  • Mayor Brad Pettitt said now is a perfect time to shop and spend longer in Freo.

Free parking for City of Fremantle residents has been expanded and simplified to encourage locals to shop and spend more time in the CBD.

With council poised to embark on its $270m revitalisation of the Kings Square precinct, Mayor Brad Pettitt said buying locally had never been easier or more important.

"Extended free parking gives residents another big reason to shop in Freo and support local businesses," Mayor Pettitt said.

"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."

Mayor Pettitt said council had responded to feedback that existing residential parking permits were underutilised.

"Many residents have told us they found the rules confusing. We have addressed this now so it is simply 'Free after 3.00 pm'. We have also retained free on-street parking in the morning until 11.00 am.

"These changes mean residents now have access to 20 hours of free on-street parking each day so we encourage locals to get into the heart of our great city."

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.

Mayor Pettitt said council would 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.

View more info on resident parking.

View the council minutes.