Civil parking enforcement (CPE)

From Friday 31 January 2020, as well as council owned off-street car parks, we will also be responsible for enforcing:

  • double and single yellow lines
  • blue badge bays
  • limited waiting bays
  • designated taxi ranks
  • loading bays
  • parking in bus lanes and stops
  • zig-zag markings at schools (if restrictions apply) and pedestrian crossings
  • parking across dropped kerbs
  • double parking (parking too far from the kerb).

Please note: that we cannot enforce pavement parking or an obstruction if there are no road markings. These remain a matter for the police to deal with. We will work with West Mercia Police on these issues.

Download our leaflet explaining the different types of parking restrictions

Download our parking enforcement guidance

Contravention codes and penalty charges

Find out your penalty charge notice code for on street parking and off street parking.

Code Description Level Penalty Charge Penalty Charge if paid within 14 days of date of issue Instant PCN or Mandatory Observation Period
1 Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
2 Parked or loading/unloading in a restricted street where waiting and loading/unloading restrictions are in force Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
4 Parked in a meter bay when penalty time is indicated Lower £50 £25 Instant PCN
5 Parked after the expiry of paid for time Lower £50 £25 Observation Period
6 Parked without clearly displaying a valid pay and display ticket or voucher Lower £50 £25 Observation Period
7 Parked with payment made to extend the stay beyond initial time Lower £50 £25 Instant PCN
8 Parked at an out-of-order meter during controlled hours Lower £50 £25 Instant PCN
9 Parked displaying multiple pay and display tickets where prohibited Lower £50 £25 Instant PCN
10 Parked without clearly displaying two valid pay and display tickets when required Lower £50 £25 Observation Period
11 Parked without payment of the parking charge Lower £50 £25 Observation Period
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 Higher £70 £35 Observation Period
13 – – – – RESERVED FOR TfL USE (LOW EMISSION ZONE) – – – – N/A
14 Parked in an electric vehicles’ charging place during restricted hours without charging Higher £70 £35 Observation Period
16 Parked in a permit space or zone without clearly displaying a valid permit Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
17 – – – RESERVED FOR ROAD USER CHARGING USE  – – – – N/A Observation Period
18 Using a vehicle in a parking place in connection with the sale or offering or exposing for sale of goods when prohibited Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
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 Lower £50 £25 Observation Period
20 Parked in a part of a parking place marked by a yellow line where waiting is prohibited Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
21 Parked wholly or partly in a suspended bay or space Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
22 Re-parked in the same parking place or zone within one hour after leaving Lower £50 £25 Instant PCN
23 Parked in a parking place or area not designated for that class of vehicle Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
24 Not parked correctly within the markings of the bay or space Lower £50 £25 Instant PCN
25 Parked in a loading place or bay during restricted hours without loading Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
26 Parked in a special enforcement area more than 50 centimetres from the edge of the carriageway and not within a designated parking place Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
27 Parked in a special enforcement area adjacent to a footway, cycle track or verge lowered to meet the level of the carriageway Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
28 Parked in a special enforcement area on part of the carriageway raised to meet the level of a footway, cycle track or verge Lower £50 £25 Instant PCN
30 Parked for longer than permitted Lower £50 £25 Observation Period
34 Being in a bus lane N/A   0 Instant PCN
35 Parked in a disc parking place without clearly displaying a valid disc Lower £50 £25 Observation Period
40 Parked in a designated disabled person’s parking place without displaying a valid disabled person’s badge in the prescribed manner Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
41 Stopped in a parking place designated for diplomatic vehicles Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
42 Parked in a parking place designated for police vehicles Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
43 Stopped on a cycle docking station parking place Lower £50 £25 Instant PCN
45 Stopped on a taxi rank Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
46 Stopped where prohibited (on a red route or clearway) Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
47 Stopped on a restricted bus stop or stand Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
48 Stopped in a restricted area outside a school, a hospital or a fire, police or ambulance station when prohibited Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
49 Parked wholly or partly on a cycle track or lane Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
55 A commercial vehicle parked in a restricted street in contravention of the Overnight Waiting Ban Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
56 Parked in contravention of a commercial vehicle waiting restriction Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
57 Parked in contravention of a bus ban Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
61 A heavy commercial vehicle wholly or partly parked on a footway, verge or land between two carriageways Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
62 Parked with one or more wheels on or over a footpath or any part of a road other than a carriageway Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
63 Parked with engine running where prohibited Lower £50 £25 Instant PCN
64 Parked in contravention of a notice prohibiting leaving vehicles on a grass verge, garden, lawn or green maintained by a local authority - Essex Only N/A
65 Parked in contravention of a notice prohibiting leaving vehicles on land laid out as a public garden or used for the purpose of public recreation - Essex Only N/A
66 Parked on a verge, central reservation or footway comprised in an urban road - Exeter Only N/A
75  — RESERVED FOR LITTERING FROM MOTOR VEHICLES —
99 Stopped on a pedestrian crossing and or crossing area marked by zigzags Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN

Code Description Level Penalty charge Penalty charge if paid within 14 days of date of issue Instant PCN or Mandatory Observation Period?
70 Parked in a loading place or bay during restricted hours without loading Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
71 Parked in an electric vehicles’ charging place during restricted hours without charging Lower £50 £25 Observation Period
73 Parked without payment of the parking charge Lower £50 £25 Observation Period
74 Using a vehicle in a parking place in connection with the sale or offering or exposing for sale of goods when prohibited Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
77 – – – RESERVED FOR DVLA USE – – –
80 Parked for longer than permitted Lower £50 £25 Observation Period
81 Parked in a restricted area in a car park Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
82 Parked after the expiry of paid for time Lower £50 £25 Observation Period
83 Parked in a car park without clearly displaying a valid pay and display ticket or voucher or parking clock Lower £50 £25 Observation Period
84 Parked with payment made to extend the stay beyond initial time Lower £50 £25 Observation Period
85 Parked in a permit bay without clearly displaying a valid permit Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
86 Not parked correctly within the markings of a bay or space Lower £50 £25 Instant PCN
87 Parked in a disabled person’s parking space without clearly displaying a valid disabled person’s badge Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
89 Vehicle parked exceeds maximum weight and/or height and/or length permitted in the area Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
90 Re-parked in the same car park within one hour after leaving Lower £50 £25 Instant PCN
91 Parked in a car park or area not designated for that class of vehicle Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
92 Parked causing an obstruction Higher £70 £35 Instant PCN
93 Parked in car park when closed Lower £50 £25 Instant PCN
94 Parked in a pay and display car park without clearly displaying two valid pay and display tickets when required Lower £50 £25 Observation Period
95 Parked in a parking place for a purpose other than that designated Lower £50 £25 Instant PCN
96 Parked with engine running where prohibited Lower £50 £25 Instant PCN

Last updated: 3.53pm on Friday 17 January 2020

  1. Introduction
  2. What we enforce