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Residents parking schemes

A controlled parking scheme or zone, more commonly known as a residents parking scheme, is a street or area where parking is controlled in order to help residents park their vehicles. They are provided in areas where vehicles not belonging to residents are making this difficult.

How schemes work

A controlled parking scheme or zone, more commonly known as a residents parking scheme, is a street or area where parking is controlled in order to help residents park their vehicles.

Resident parking schemes are provided in areas where vehicles not belonging to residents are making this difficult.

The hours of operation vary according to each zone. Generally schemes operate during the working day from Monday to Saturday. The times of operation are shown on the signs for drivers entering the residents parking scheme area.

During this period the majority of spaces are reserved for resident permit holders and sometimes, visitor permit holders. Occasionally, limited waiting spaces are available to visit local businesses.

Permit holders

The permit allows you to park in any parking spaces which are reserved for permit holders. These spaces will be identified by a sign similar to the one below:

Controlled parking zone road sign - permit holders only

Visitors

Depending on the type of scheme, visitor permits may be issued.

If you are visiting an area and do not have a permit you can only park where there are spaces provided for this purpose. These spaces will be identified by signs similar to the ones below:

No limit of stay

Parking sign

Limited length of stay

Controlled parking zone road sign showing limited length of stay

Blue badge holders

You cannot park in resident permit holders' spaces unless you also have a valid permit for the area.

However, if you have a disabled persons blue badge you can park in time limited spaces for as long as you wish.

You may also park for up to three hours on single or double yellow lines, where it is safe to do so and will not cause an obstruction.

You must show both your blue badge and time clock in accordance with the rules of the blue badge scheme.


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How schemes work

A controlled parking scheme or zone, more commonly known as a residents parking scheme, is a street or area where parking is controlled in order to help residents park their vehicles.

Resident parking schemes are provided in areas where vehicles not belonging to residents are making this difficult.

The hours of operation vary according to each zone. Generally schemes operate during the working day from Monday to Saturday. The times of operation are shown on the signs for drivers entering the residents parking scheme area.

During this period the majority of spaces are reserved for resident permit holders and sometimes, visitor permit holders. Occasionally, limited waiting spaces are available to visit local businesses.

Permit holders

The permit allows you to park in any parking spaces which are reserved for permit holders. These spaces will be identified by a sign similar to the one below:

Controlled parking zone road sign - permit holders only

Visitors

Depending on the type of scheme, visitor permits may be issued.

If you are visiting an area and do not have a permit you can only park where there are spaces provided for this purpose. These spaces will be identified by signs similar to the ones below:

No limit of stay

Parking sign

Limited length of stay

Controlled parking zone road sign showing limited length of stay

Blue badge holders

You cannot park in resident permit holders' spaces unless you also have a valid permit for the area.

However, if you have a disabled persons blue badge you can park in time limited spaces for as long as you wish.

You may also park for up to three hours on single or double yellow lines, where it is safe to do so and will not cause an obstruction.

You must show both your blue badge and time clock in accordance with the rules of the blue badge scheme.

Your duties as a permit holder

It is your duty to ensure:

  • your permit is valid for the scheme area in which you are parking
  • your permit has not expired
  • the registration number on your permit is correct
  • your permit is used in accordance with the conditions of issue
  • the permit is clearly displayed within the windscreen of the vehicle.

A permit may be withdrawn or invalidated if:

  • it is found that a permit is not being used in accordance with these guidelines
  • it is found that a person is no longer eligible to hold a permit
  • the permit is altered or defaced in any way or passed to unauthorised users.

Warning: Any person knowingly making a false statement to fraudulently obtain a permit is liable to a fine not exceeding £2,500 (section 115/2 Road Traffic Act 1984).

Request a new residents parking scheme

To request that your street is considered for residents only parking you need to put a request in writing to us through your local area Highways office. It would be useful to include a petition from your neighbours requesting the street become residents parking only.

We receive many requests for residents parking schemes and we consider these against a number of criteria before responding. It would be helpful if you could include the full details of the parking problems you are having.

Residents parking schemes only work where the problem is caused by non-residents parking in the street; if the problem is caused by residents' vehicles, a controlled zone will not improve the situation.

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