As from September 8, fees apply on Saturday and Sunday 8am-6pm in the central business district as follows:
Weekend parking fee area map
- $2.50 per hour applies to about 3000 parking spaces between Oriental Parade, Willis Street, The Terrace and Hutt Road.
- $2.50 per hour applies to about 400 parking spaces in Oriental Parade, Kent Terrace, Cambridge Terrace, Thorndon Quay and Hutt Road.
Time restrictions remain unchanged.
Reasons for weekend parking fees
Since 1996, inner-city businesses paid for weekend parking through a levy in the Downtown Targeted Rate, meaning it was free to carpark users. The levy was introduced to encourage more people into the city centre to shop. Today, more people live in and visit the city, and the demand for parking has increased.
There were a number of reasons the Council’s elected officials approved weekend parking fees. These include user-pays parking being seen as fairer given the parks are occupied for more than shopping.
Another factor was that the levy on businesses did not cover the lost income from parking. Introducing user-pays parking fees is expected to generate $3m in revenue, which helps minimise rates increases.
The Mayor said the change supported the goal to have fewer cars in the CBD and encourage the use of public transport, cycling and walking.
The user-pays parking fees supports the turnover of parks needed so people can find a park. It recognises many car park users will be tourists and not Wellington ratepayers.
The proposed change to weekend parking was notified during consultation in Our 10-Year Plan in April 2018. The weekend parking change was part of a whole budget package to determine the level of rates charged for the year. There was 73% approval for our overall budget package. Of the more than 2000 respondents:
- 38% were in favour of weekend parking
- 47% were opposed
- the rest were ambivalent or undecided.
It was later publicly notified as a traffic resolution as per the Wellington City Consolidated Bylaw 2008. We were legally obliged to notify the public, and it served as a way to let the public know that the proposal was going to Council. We received 599 submissions, of which 8% were in favour of the initiative and 92% opposed it.
The elected officials considered this feedback when making their decision, alongside the other drivers for the change. The feedback will be fed into other council decision making around parking, including the parking policy review.