Parking Dispensations

Dispensations to Park

Dispensation permits give you permission to park in a restricted area.

This would usually be to carry out work at a property where it is essential to park close to the property to do the work. Also where there will be little impact on other:

  • road users
  • pedestrians
  • local businesses

Professional removal vans are exempt. They do not need one to park on yellow lines whilst they are loading and unloading, unless there is a prohibition of loading in place.

Emergency situations involving:

  • gas
  • electric
  • water
  • sewerage
  • roofing
  • building collapse

are also exempt as they are unplanned events.

If you do receive a parking fine, you should challenge it and provide supporting evidence of the repairs undertaken.

The Council will then consider whether the parking fine should be cancelled or not, based on all the evidence available.

Wedding and funeral cars are also exempt for the service, but any private cars attending a service are not.

Dispensations will only be issued for a maximum of 7 days unless the circumstances require a longer period. In these cases, the parking team will look at the request and may agree to a longer period.

Please note that a dispensation will not be issued for general parking not associated with any works or activity.

To apply for a parking dispensation, please fill out our online application form

A charge is payable for each dispensation issued and will allow parking:

  • on yellow lines
  • in parking bays where waiting is time limited

Please do not make any payment until it has been agreed. We will contact you to let you know if it has been agreed and we will arrange with you for the payment to be made.

Dispensations cannot be issued for;

  • loading restrictions (a vertical yellow mark on the kerb indicates a loading restriction)
  • locations at or near to a junction
  • on an approach to a signal controlled junction, a pedestrian crossing,   
  • major routes where the restriction is in place to maintain traffic flow
  • bus stops, taxi ranks or other designated vehicle parking areas
  • on school keep clear markings
  • any location considered to cause a danger to any other road users

Applications should be received within two working days before the required date. This enables us to inspect the site before approval is given.

However, officers have discretion to deal with more urgent applications if it is reasonable to do so.

Contact Parking, Travel & Roads

Telephone: 01702 215003

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