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Parking and Vehicles

There are plenty of parking opportunities within the Waimakariri District, and it is important to know where and how long you can park in a specific area, otherwise you may be in breach of the law and be issued an infringement notice from the Council.

Parking Enforcement

Council’s parking enforcement staff monitor all parking in Rangiora and Kaiapoi, focusing on the Central Business District. Infringement notices may be given for:

  • Parking in excess of a time limit or in contravention of a bylaw
  • Parking in prohibited areas – broken yellow lines, loading zones etc.
  • Inconsiderate parking or any other parking offences designated by statute
  • Failing to display a current licence label
  • Failing to display current evidence of vehicle inspection.

The fine for exceeding the time limit currently varies between $12 and $57 depending on the length of time. Other infringement fines vary according to the offence.

Making a Complaint

If you have a complaint about someone who has parked inconsiderately or illegally, please contact us by phoning 03 311 8900. When you call, we will need to take as much information as possible to ensure we address the problem with the right person or vehicle.

Parking Infringements

Parking tickets must be paid in full within 28 days of issue of the infringement. No part payments can be accepted.

Where Can I Pay my Ticket?

If your ticket is not paid within the 28 days we will send you a reminder. If you still do not pay within the time stated on the reminder, it will be handed over to the Fines and Collections Unit of the Department for Courts. Once your ticket is lodged with the court, your ticket will also incur court costs and it will have to be paid through the court's system.

Paying by Internet Banking

You are welcome to pay a parking ticket via internet or phone banking. The Council's bank account for phone or internet payments is Account Number: 01-0877-0129222-00. Use the Notice number as the reference. Note: put 'P' in front of the number if it doesn't appear on the infringement notice.

Can I Make an Explanation?

If you wish to offer an explanation on the offence, or contest the issuing of the notice, please write to the Council within seven days with supporting documentation, i.e. a copy of your new warrant of fitness, or proof of payment for your registration. We have a Parking Infringement Explanation form (pdf, 7 kB) available.

You can drop your explanation into one of the Council's service centres at Rangiora, Oxford or Kaiapoi or post to Waimakariri District Council, Private Bag 1005, Rangiora 7440. You will receive a written response advising you of the outcome of your infringement.

Parking Fines

 Not more than 30 minutes
 Between 30 minutes and 1 hour
 Between 1 hour and 2 hours
 Between 2 hours and 4 hours
 Between 4 hours and 6 hours
 More than 6 hours
 Within 6 metres of intersection
 On or near pedestrian crossing
 On yellow lines
 Double parking
 Inconsiderate parking
 No registration
 No warrant of fitness (WOF)

These infringement fines are set by government, in Schedule 2 of the Transport Act 1962.

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