31 July 2011

Parking on Nature Strips in Canberra?

| niknak
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As it states, folks.

Is it okay to park on your neighbour’s nature strip (or verge)?


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“I have never seen a parking ticket on a car parked on a nature strip”

Bully for you. I’ve seen a ton, I win

It all depends on your neighbours. In my street, we share nature strips to park on and we even share our driveways! If your going to park on the strip outside your neighbours place, you should ask them if this is ok. That is, if you haven’t already got a deal going on. 🙂

curlylocks said :

If the driveway is full then yes. And common sense prevails do not park on a nature strip on a corner like I have seen loads of people do.
And if the street is wide enough also.

no! this is the kind of arrogance that pisses people off – oh, i want to drive over there but thee are these pesky yellow lines and other traffic, oh well, bugger them; or i need to go to that shop so i’ll double park out the front ’cause i want to…

no again, it is illegal and so don’t do it. if the parking where you want is full, go to the next nearest not-full parking, suck it up, and go from tnere – not ‘park were you want’. see the courtesy posters in another thread…

edee said :

No parking at all on the Nature Strips.

Refer to Parks and City Services:


So what! I have never seen a parking ticket on a car parked on a nature strip. I think the authorities usually only act on complaints and, if someone complains, I understand that owners usually get a caution first and all that’s probably achieved is that it creates tensions with neighbours. Also, although rangers deal with most nature strip breaches, only parking ops deal with registered vehicles on nature strips. If these two groups worked together, and didn’t bother giving warnings first, a drive around any suburb would be a quick revenue raiser.

We had this issue in a rental in Dwakin – workers were parking on our nature strip as there weren’t enough parks in Deakin West.

Some of the tactics employed by the residents of our group house included:
A catcher full of mower clippings and a bit of water from the hose on one car
The sprinkler set up right beside the drivers door and turned on as he approached his car
Random dirt and dust spread over a car (including vacuum contents)
Vaseline on the door handle
Prawn shells inside the grill

We were bored students with way too much time on our hands but it did solve the problem – we think word got around that our place was not the place to park in front of…

PrinceOfAles9:03 am 01 Aug 11

Is it O.K for your neighbours dog to shit on your lawn?

Tell the problem child you actually own your property out to the street edge and you bought the nature strip and, if they park their again, you will assume the car and all property within is being given to you to treat as you wish

Illegal. If you ring TAMS, they will come. Of course, this will do wonders for your relationship with your neighbours… We live in a quiet back street, and planned for visitor parking off street… Our neighbours (with several drivers) did not – and frequently park right in the middle of our nature strip, parking the trailer in. You should plan for each resident in your house who drives (or is likely to in the future) to have a spot. I would also not be precious about ‘your’ nature strip; and DO NOT spend undue time or money landscaping it; assume people will park there – and then you won’t be so upset…

We used to have a tosser next door that would straddle our nature strips with his 4WD. What goes round always comes round. Sooner or later, karma catches up with people like that.

Time for a chat with the yoof next door, methinks.

besides all the legal reasons others have quoted – it is just rude. Regardless that it is technically Government property, they have purchased the right to occupy and use (albeit with some restrictions) the land up to the road way. Parking there without their consent is not the right thing to do.

*IF* you get caught, you’ll get a fine – irrespective of who’s nature strip it is.

You’re more likely to get reported if you park on someone elses strip

As what states?

I’m originally from the Western suburbs of Sydney, where parking on someone else’s nature strip is the second most inconsiderate thing possible. The most inconsiderate thing possible is for a member of a Ford family to park their Falcon on the nature strip of a Holden family, or vice-versa.

The same applies in Canberra, but for different reasons. Whereas in Western Sydney we don’t park on our neighbour’s nature strip because it would prevent them from parking there and possibly insult their sense of identity; in Canberra you don’t park on your neighbour’s nature strip because your neighbour is not unlikely to be an uptight tosser and apart from thinking that nature strips are for growing things on, could probably also cite a dozen pieces of legislation prohibiting you from doing so.

Which, to my way of thinking, is a good enough reason for parking on their nature strip.

What’s wrong with yours?

capn_pugwash11:40 am 31 Jul 11

a google search has provided the following info – in short the nature strip outside your house does not belong to you and cannot be used for parking. You are also responsible for maintaining it. If someone else parks there then that’s there problem, and if they block the footpath, road etc could be booked for it.

screaming banshee11:28 am 31 Jul 11

Is riot-act your neighbour? Perhaps you should ask them.

Is it okay to have sex with your neighbour’s wife?? Why??

It is not okay to park on any nature strip. Your own or your neighbour’s.

This is the link to the rules.


I LOATH with a passion people who do this as they destroy the nature strip and make for an ugly environment.

Okay? Not sure.

Technically it may belong to the Government, depending on where it is exactly.

It’s a case by case thing I guess, but if that strip forms part of their front garden, (whether it actually belongs to them or not) it may be deemed intrusive.

Also – see previous RiotACT thread here:

And ACT Govt leaflet here:
(which indicates you can’t park or store any vehicle on a nature strip)

No, unless it is your neighbour’s land and he/she agrees.
Why? By Australia road rule. s.19x

It’s probably not okay. First and foremost, parking on the nature strip (be it in front of your house or someone else’s) is illegal. Admittedly you’re unlikely to get booked for it.

Secondly, you might damage any landscaping they have on the nature strip (even if it is just killing the grass) if you park there frequently enough.

That said, if you were to ask them nicely beforehand, they might not take issue with you doing it.

If the driveway is full then yes. And common sense prevails do not park on a nature strip on a corner like I have seen loads of people do.
And if the street is wide enough also.

I think you might piss off your neighbours if you do, as each resident is responsible for their own nature strip.
Why not park on your own, or on the street?

According to http://www.rego.act.gov.au/parking/parkingrules.htm

examples of where it is illegal to stop or park your vehicle are:

* on a taxi rank or bus stop;
* in a “No Stopping” zone;
* in a “No Parking” zone; (you can stop but not park)
* on a traffic island, the median strip or plantation in a divided carriageway;
* in a loading zone unless you have an approved loading zone parking permit or the vehicle is specifically permitted to use the loading zone;
* across any passage, thoroughfare, entrance, driveway or foot crossing;
* so that any part of the vehicle overhangs any line marking or parking space/bay;or
* anywhere other than in a marked bay in a car park marked into bays.

For a full description of parking rules you should refer to the Australian Road Rules.

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