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Grafton parking changes Grafton parking changes

AT proposes introducing paid parking and a residential parking zone in Grafton to address overcrowded parking in the area.

Consultation status: Complete

Proposed paid parking

We propose introducing paid parking that would operate between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Some of the streets would form a residential parking zone (RPZ). Residents of eligible properties in the RPZ area will be able to apply for permits or coupons, so they can park without having to pay parking fees. Find out more about the proposed residential parking zone.

Map of the proposed parking zones

Grafton RPZ map

  • All streets (green and yellow) would be paid parking with no time limits.
  • Streets in the residential parking zone (green on the map) where motorists with a permit or visitors’ coupon can park for free: Seafield View Road, Claremont Street, Parkfield Terrace, Huntly Avenue, Glascow Terrace, and Carlton Gore Road from Arotau Place to Park Road.
  • Streets not in the residential parking zone (yellow on the map) where paid parking applies: Grafton Road, Arotau Place, Park Avenue, Boyle Crescent, Beckham Place, and Carlton Gore Road from Arotau Place to Grafton Road.

The proposed changes would not affect existing bus stops, loading zones, mobility and car share parking, or ‘no stopping at all times’ restrictions (broken yellow lines) in the area. The existing clearway on Grafton Road will remain.

Parking charges

$1 per hour for the first 2 hours, rising to $2 for each hour afterwards.

Under the proposed changes, any motorist could park in the area, providing they pay the required charge.

Car share parking space

We also propose introducing one ‘car share at all times’ park on Carlton Gore Road. This space will be reserved for car share (hourly hire) vehicles, such as Cityhop vehicles.

Residential parking zone

Residents of eligible properties in the RPZ area will be able to apply for permits or coupons, so the paid parking charges would not apply to their vehicle while parking in that area.


  • A permit costs $70, valid for one year.
  • The number of permits issued is capped at 85% of the total number of parks in the zone, ensuring there should always be available spaces.
  • Residents can apply for as many permits as there are vehicles registered to their address, but due to the cap, not all may be successful.
  • Permits are issued in order of priority, one at a time, in allocation rounds. The process stops once the permit cap is reached or when all applicants have a permit.
  • Existing residential parking permits would be discontinued. Holders of these permits would need to apply under the new scheme.

Visitors coupons

  • A coupon costs cost $5, valid for one day.
  • Residents in the zone would receive 50 free coupons upon registering for a permit. Businesses would not receive these coupons.
  • Any eligible resident can purchase coupons from AT. There will not be a restriction on the number that can be bought.
  • Unlike permits, coupons could be used both for the purchaser’s vehicle or someone else’s, e.g. a visiting relative or friend.
  • Tradespeople could also apply for trade coupons from AT.

Find out more about residential parking zones and the permit process.

Why Grafton needs the changes

As Auckland grows and intensifies, managing parking on residential streets is increasingly important. Overcrowded parking particularly affects city fringe suburbs like Grafton, in which some heritage properties lack off-street parking, and streets are used by commuters for daily parking.

AT has undertaken a study in the area to understand the parking demand, and to design a suitable parking management plan. Our study found:

  • On average, 91% of on-street parking was occupied during weekdays.
  • 98% of parking in most of the residential streets was occupied.
  • The majority of vehicles were parked all day.
  • The turnover of vehicles parking in paid parking areas was higher than in the time-restricted or unrestricted areas, where vehicles would often over-stay or park all day.


  • Improve parking availability.
  • Free up on-street parking spaces for customers visiting local businesses, residents and visitors
  • Offer greater flexibility in length of stay for visitors.
  • Discourage commuter parking.
  • Reduce congestion from vehicles looking for a parking space.
  • Allow for demand-responsive pricing to manage future parking demand.

Public engagement

From 3 July to 30 July 2017, we sought feedback on our proposal to introduce paid parking and a Residential Parking Zone (RPZ) in Grafton.

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback.

After careful consideration of the public and key stakeholder feedback, we have revised two aspects of the original proposal. We have:

  • Extended the Residential Parking Zone (RPZ) and zone for properties eligible to apply for permits on sections of Park Avenue, Arotau Place and Boyle Crescent (please see the revised parking zone map below). 
  • Increased the parking tariff from $1 to $2 per hour for the first two hours, and from $2 to $4 per hour for each subsequent hour. There will be no time restrictions on how long people can park. 

We will continue to monitor parking use in the area and will adjust the pricing up or down if necessary, applying our Demand Responsive Pricing Policy to ensure that parking is managed effectively and is responsive to future growth.

The paid parking zone restriction will remain as proposed and will be operational from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

The proposed changes will not affect the existing bus stops, loading zones, mobility and car share parking, or ‘no stopping at all times’ restrictions (broken yellow lines) in the area. Existing clearway restrictions on Grafton Road will remain.

We believe that proposed parking improvements in Grafton will increase turnover of parking, improve parking availability and encourage other methods of transport to the area other than travelling by car.

Download the public feedback and decisions report (PDF 1.7MB, 34 pages).

Final map of parking zones

Revised Grafton Parking Zone map

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