Parking contraventions and codes

Our parking regulations help keep car parks safe and roads and stop people blocking others from parking. You may get a penalty charge notice if you contravene parking regulations.

Important information about officer waiting time

The officer waiting time shown in the tables is the amount of time an officer will normally wait before issuing a penalty charge notice. During this time they will check to see if the vehicle is definitely in contravention of the regulations.  But if they consider the parking is dangerous, they can issue an 'instant ticket' (where this is within the law).  You can pay a penalty charge notice online or by phone.

On-street parking contraventions

Parking Contraventions
Contravention codeDescriptionWhat officers will check Officer waiting time Penalty
01 Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours. Loading or unloading activity (this is allowed except when vehicle parked within a pedestrian zone) 5 mins except when vehicle is parked within a pedestrian zone £70
02 Parked or loading/unloading in a restricted street where waiting and loading/unloading restrictions are in force

No check required

Instant ticket

£70

12 Parked in a residents' or shared use parking place or zone without either clearly displaying a valid permit or voucher or pay and display ticket issued for that place, or without payment of the parking charge Loading or unloading activity (this is allowed) 5 mins £70
16 Parked in a permit space without displaying a valid permit Loading or unloading activity (this is allowed) 5 mins £70
18 Using a vehicle in a parking place in connection with the sale or offering or exposing for sale of goods when prohibited Commercial activity 5 mins £70
20 Parked in a loading gap marked by a yellow line Loading or unloading activity (this is allowed) 5 mins £70
19 Parked in a residents' or shared use parking place or zone either displaying an invalid permit or voucher or pay and display ticket, or after the expiry of paid for time.  Loading or unloading activity (this is allowed)

5 mins

10 mins grace period for expiry of time

£50
20 Parked in a loading gap marked by a yellow line Loading or unloading activity (this is allowed) 5 mins. £70
21 Parked in a suspended bay / space / part of bay / space None required Instant ticket £70
22 Re-parked in same parking place or zone within the ‘specified time of leaving’ Any permitted activity or exemption Instant ticket £50
23 Parked in a parking place or area not designated for that class of vehicle None required Instant ticket £70
24 Not parked correctly within the markings of a bay or space  None required. The ‘whole’ of the vehicle must be parked within the parking place as marked on the carriageway Instant ticket. £50
25 Parked in a loading place during restricted hours without loading Loading or unloading activity (this is allowed) 5 mins £70
26 Vehicle parked more than 50 centimetres from the edge of the carriageway and not within a designated parking place Loading or unloading activity (this is allowed) 5 mins £70

27

More information about dropped kerbway contraventions

Parked adjacent to a dropped footway (non-residential) -  Loading or unloading activity (this is allowed) 5 mins £70
28 Parked in a special enforcement area on part of the carriageway raised to meet the level of a footway, cycle track or verge Loading or unloading activity (this is allowed) 5 mins £70
30 Parked for longer than permitted

Loading or unloading activity (this is allowed)

10 mins £50
40 Parked in a designated disabled person’s parking place without clearly displaying a valid disabled person’s badge Blue Badge must be visible and correctly displayed Instant ticket £70
42 Parked in a parking place designated for police vehicles If police vehicle Instant ticket £70
45 Parked on a taxi rank Hackney carriage plate on car and presence of driver  Instant ticket £70
46 Stopped where prohibited (on a red route or clearway) None required Instant ticket £70
47 Parked on a restricted bus stop or stand None required Instant ticket £70
48 Stopped in a restricted area outside a school None required Instant ticket £70
49 Parked wholly or partly on a cycle track None required Instant ticket £70
61 A heavy commercial vehicle wholly or partly parked on a footway, verge or land between two carriageways Evidence of vehicle weight (unladen weight over 7.5 tonnes) 5 mins to check for loading/ unloading if no alternative is available, otherwise instant ticket. £70

62

Only enforced where a verge parking traffic regulation is in place 

Parked with one or more wheels on or over a footpath or any part of a road other than a carriageway None required Instant ticket £70
99 Stopped on a pedestrian crossing and/or crossing area marked by zig-zags. None required Instant ticket £70
 

Off street parking contraventions

Parking Contraventions
Contravention CodeDescriptionObservations Officer waiting time Penalty
70 Parked in a loading area during restricted hours without reasonable excuse Loading or unloading activity (this is allowed) 5 mins £70
71 Parked in an electric vehicle charging place during restricted hours without charging None required Instant ticket  £70
73 Parked without payment of the parking charge Pay and display ticket or evidence of phone payment 5 mins grace to purchase ticket. Note - no allowance for going for change. £50
74 Using a vehicle in a parking place in connection with the sale or offering or exposing for sale of goods when prohibited To confirm commercial activity 5 mins £70
80 Parked for longer than the maximum period permitted Parked for longer than the maximum period permitted 10 mins grace £50
81 Parked in a restricted area of a car park. None required Instant ticket £70
82 Parked after the expiry of time Time on ticket/pay by phone session 10 mins grace £50
83 Parked in a car park without clearly displaying a valid pay and display ticket or voucher or parking clock Pay and display ticket or evidence of phone payment 5 mins grace to purchase ticket. Note - no allowance for going for change. £50
84 Parked with additional payment made to extend the stay beyond initial time Details of both tickets Instant ticket £50
85 Parked in a permit bay without clearly displaying a valid permit Permit Instant ticket £70
86 Not parked correctly within the markings of a bay or space None required. At least one wheel should be outside bay or space Instant ticket £50
87 Parked in a designated disabled person’s parking place without displaying a valid disabled person’s badge in the prescribed manner Blue badge must be visible and correctly displayed Instant ticket £70
89 Vehicle parked exceeds maximum weight or height or length permitted in the area Weight and height Instant ticket £70
90 Re-parked in the same car park within one hour after leaving Details of both tickets Instant ticket. £50
91 Parked in an car park or area not designated for that class of vehicle None required Instant ticket £70
92 Parked causing an obstruction None required Instant ticket £70
This contravention can only be enforced where there is a specific ‘Verge Parking’ Traffic Regulation Order in place. Currently this only applies In Crewe, where it covers the entire lengths of carriageway of Weston Service Road (SW side), Gateway and Electra Way and the length of Weston Road (NE side) from its most NW junction with Weston Road Service road for a distance of 1100 metres in a SE direction. 

Dropped kerb contraventions

You should not park on any dropped kerb unless you are parking on a residential kerb with the owner's permission. This is because Any parking on a dropped kerb is likely to cause a problem and may be dangerous.

We deal differently with parking contraventions on the different types of dropped kerb/footway. 

Parking on residential driveway dropped kerbs

Our Civil Enforcement Officers will only issue a penalty notice for parking that obstructs a driveway drop kerb where we get a complaint from the owner of the driveway. 

You can report people obstructing your driveway drop kerb to our parking services team on 0300 123 5020.

Parking on dropped kerbs for pedestrians to cross

Parking in a way that obstructs the drop kerb for a pedestrian crossing is dangerous for the people using the road. Our officers will issue a penalty notice whenever they see a car parked in this way.

Contravention code and description - The contravention codes and descriptions are the national standard form to be adopted by all Local Authorities assuming Civil Enforcement powers under TMA 2004.