Parking suspensions and dispensations

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Suspending parking bays and getting permission to park on yellow lines.

Apply for a suspension or dispensation > 

What is a Dispensation?

  • A dispensation allows a vehicle to park lawfully in what would otherwise normally be a contravention of a Traffic Regulation Order e.g. on a double yellow line.
  • It allows parking where alternative arrangements cannot be made.
  • A dispensation to allow parking on single or double yellow lines, in pay and display or restricted bays are only issued when the use of a vehicle is absolutely necessary for completion of the task at hand.
  • Inconvenience or difficulty alone are not suitable justifications for a dispensation to be issued.
  • A dispensation does not permit general parking. Once the purpose for the dispensation has been fulfilled, the motorist is then required to move their vehicle to a legal parking space.
  • A dispensation does not guarantee a parking space.

When will a Dispensation be issued?

  • Furniture removals
  • Building/ maintenance/ repair works where close proximity to the site is essential
  • The hearse and chief mourners vehicles at a funeral
  • The bridal and attendants vehicles at a wedding
  • Vehicles essential to filming operations
  • Other circumstances in which the Council may reasonably regard the requirement to be essential.

Applying for a Dispensation

  • Applications should be received at least 3 working days before the required date (unless in an emergency).
  • Once the application has been approved the dispensation will be issued to you via post, email or fax.
  • The dispensation must be displayed within the vehicle. They are uniquely numbered and can only be used for the location described on the application.
  • The conditions for use are stated on the back of the dispensation and must be adhered to.
  • Failure to display the dispensation in the vehicle, or adhere to the conditions of use may result in a Penalty Charge Notice being issued.

How much do they cost?

  Restricted Bays Yellow Lines Pay and Display

First Day




Subsequent Days





 Prices are per vehicle - There will be no charge in respect of funerals.

What is a Suspension?

A suspension prohibits parking for vehicles in a particular parking place.  The suspension temporarily removes the parking regulations in place and prevents parking of unauthorised vehicles.

A yellow board detailing the dates and reason for the suspension will be erected at the place where the suspension will be in place. This will be in place approximately five working days(except in an emergency)  before the suspension is due to take place to advertise to motorists of the upcoming suspension. While the suspension is in force cones will also be present to prevent parking.

A suspension can be applied for to guarantee a parking space, e.g. for removals vehicles. This will suspend parking for other motorists, but will allow parking for the removals vehicle, as the reason for the suspension.

When will a Suspension be issued?

  • Traffic movement and safety
  • Essential building/ maintenance work
  • Furniture removals
  • Filming
  • Special events
  • Weddings or funerals

Applying for a Suspension

Applications should be received no later than seven working days before the required date of the suspension (except in emergencies). This will enable the Council to conduct any site visits and advertise the suspension appropriately.

A suspension prevents motorists parking within the suspended area, however the applicant can park within the suspended bay.

A suspension can be extended where necessary, however at least three working days notice needs to be given to enable the Council to take any appropriate action to indicate the continuance of the suspension.

How much do they cost?

Charges per suspension are:


Restricted Bays Pay and Display

First Day



Subsequent Days



There will be no charge in respect of funerals.