Parking in a residential area

Parking your car in the street

In most residential areas there are no parking restrictions or charges. As a general rule, you should only park in a designated parking area if you are parking on a street.

To avoid inconvenience, nuisance and danger to pedestrians and other road users, we've developed a set of guidelines to help you park better.

These guidelines apply when you park outside your own, or someone else's, home. They might also help you avoid a fine or legal action as a result of inappropriate parking.

Make sure you do not:

  • block your neighbour's driveway or an entrance to a private car park
  • park on any footpath or pavement, grass margin or a cycle lane
  • park within 15 metres before or 5 metres after a pedestrian crossing
  • park on double yellow lines, or near a school entrance where there are yellow zigzag lines
  • park within five metres of a road junction unless parking spaces are clearly marked
  • park at a corner, bend, the brow of a hill or on a hump-back bridge
  • park at a bus stop or at a taxi rank

Large vehicles

Do not park any large commercial vehicle, caravan, boat or mobile home on any public road or land owned by the council on a regular basis without written permission.


If your vehicle breaks down you can repair it at the side of the road or outside your home. But you should not use car parks, your driveway or any parking area near your home for anything other than essential repairs to get your vehicle moving again.

Access Protection Markings

An Access Protection Marking (APM) is an advisory road marking that is not enforceable. APMs are marked out with white lines and are used to identify a vehicle access and make motorists aware that access is required all day.