Free parking at WA's biggest sporting and entertainment venues could end as VenuesWest looks at charges.
VenuesWest, the government agency which manages sport and recreation venues, will enlist a consultant to report on the cost and management of paid parking at five metropolitan sites.
It will take in Arena Joondalup, Challenge Stadium, the WA Athletics Stadium, the WA Rugby Centre and the WA State Basketball Centre.
VenuesWest said in a tender document it needed to review daily and event parking to improve safety, efficiency and profitability.
It did not reveal whether charges could apply to all visitors to Challenge Stadium and Arena Joondalup, including those who regularly use them or play sport there.
VenuesWest chairman Graham Partridge said it was looking for more effective parking for regular users and event attendees, especially when traffic was heavy. It also wants to deter or charge those who just use the venues for free parking.
He said people attending events at the venues had been charged to park for years.
The fees had never been significant income and mainly covered infrastructure such as lights, signs and carpark staff.
Any extra money from parking would, as with other revenue, subsidise delivering the many high-performance sports at the venues.
Wanneroo Basketball Association president Ryan Hunter said parking fees could have a big impact on membership for groups trying to use the facilities.
Association teams were planning to move to a new four-court facility at Arena Joondalup and an extra cost could stymie this. Families with several children could have to pay to stay for hours.