Car Park Costs – how much did you say??

Car park construction costs in Australia

Occasionally, people inquire as to the costs involved in building a car park.  This is not an easy question to answer as there are many variables to consider — Is it at-grade or multi-storey, CBD or regional, number of bays, which state and city?….I rest my case!

Fortunately, there are excellent resources available for a quick “back-of-the-envelope” calculation to get you started.   For example, the Annual Rider’s Digest produced by global quantity surveyor and advisory group, Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB).  Not only will you find the estimates of construction costs for Car Parks, but also for Office Buildings, Shopping Centres, Cinemas, Warehousing, Industrial  Buildings, Aged Care, Hospitals, Residential Units, Swimming Pools, Roads and more!


2024 car park construction costs

The cost to build a car park in Australia varies significantly according to the city (cost range per gross floor area – $/m2):

  • Open Deck Multi-Storey: $880 to $2,750
  • Basement (CBD): $1,220 to $4,200
  • Basement (Other than the CBD): $1,500 to $3,800
  • Undercroft (Other than CBD): $880 to $1,800


The Riders Digest cost range[i] per Australian capital cities are detailed in the charts below (click to enlarge):



It’s not surprising that basement car parks are the most costly. It’s interesting to note that the cost of building a basement car park in Perth CBD is significantly more expensive than in any other city analysed (Basement: CBD cost per square metre varies from $2,450 to $4,200).

In comparison to 2021, the average increase across all categories and cities was: 46.6% (high end) and 51.9% (low end). Except for the high end cost of building a basement car park in Melbourne CBD, which decreased by 20%, all other costs increased in every city.

The highest increases in comparison to 2021 were in the Open Deck Multi-Storey category:

  • Darwin – lower end: 134.7% increase.
  • Adelaide – high end: 110% increase.

What’s the selling price of car park spots?

In Sydney, a double car space was on the market for $525,000 in 2022! The record sale in 2022 was for a parking spot in Potts Point, which was sold for $305,000. In March 2024, listings were within the $130,000-190,000 range for a parking spot in the CBD.

Those planning to build a car park now need to consider the many trends affecting the parking industry. Check out more resources on this topic:

Blog post with video: Repurposing and future-proofing car parks

Article: The future-proof car park

Article: Commuter car parks – how to make it right 


[i] Source: RLB Publications. All costs are per floor area – $/m2. Prices are current at 4th Quarter 2023.


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