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Parking bay suspensions, including disabled and motorcycle bays

You can apply for parking bay suspension(s) for streetworks on the highway by calling our Contact Centre on 020 7332 3553/3554.

Please allow five working days to process your application and payment before your suspension starts.

You need a dispensation if you are loading or unloading on yellow lines for more than 40 minutes in a location where 'no loading' restrictions apply.

Parking bay suspension fees
Type of bay Fee first bay Fee additional bays Daily service charge
Disabled £350 £20 £25
Motor cycle £350 £20 £5 per space
Coach £350 £20 £25
Doctor's £350 £20 £25
Police £350 £20 £25
Ambulance £350 £20 NA
Diplomatic £350 £20 NA
Pay & Display £200 £15 £25
Resident £200 £15 25
Taxi rest £200 £15 25
Loading £150 (small) £250 (large) NA

Please try to avoid suspending the diplomatic bays (Bouverie Street)

If a vehicle is to stand on a suspended bay, you will also need a dispensation.

Dispensation

The daily charge for a dispensation is £33 per bay. We need three working days and payment to issue the application.

For more information or request for a parking bay suspension and dispensation, call the Contact Centre on 020 7332 1548. The City of London Police deal with applications to suspend taxi ranks (020 7601 2143).

Parking dispensation

​​​​If you need longer than the permitted 40 minutes maximum for loading/unloading​ you can apply for a parking dispensation by calling our Contact Centre on 020 7332 3553/3554.

We need at least three working days to process your application and payment before issuing a parking dispensation.

What is a parking dispensation?​

A parking dispensation allows a vehicle to stand on a single yellow line (or in special cases on double yellow lines) if a vehicle is required to:

  • be as close to the premises as possible for loading/unloading goods and material
  • carry out specific works

A dispensation is not a permit to stand a vehicle on yellow lines without continuously loading or unloading and it does not cover you for working in or on premises.​​

​​​​​​​When do I ​require a parking dispensation?​

​You will need a dispensation if you are loading or unloading on yellow lines​ for more than 40 minutes in a location where no loading restrictions​ apply.

Remember that loading and unloading is generally not allowed at dropped kerbs or raised carriageway.​​​

What is loading and unloading?

When you are delivering or collecting goods, documents, packages or materials, to or from a customer, property or location.​

What if I need to load or unload on a red route?

Dispensations for a red route are issued by Transport for London.​ More information can be found online at the TfL dispensations page​ or by calling 0845 603 4545.​​

What if specific loading or unloading restrictions apply?

Dispensations to load and unload can not be issued during the times when loading restrictions apply as these cannot be over-ridden. Loading restrictions are indicated by single or double yellow markings on the kerbstone. Nearby black and white time plates will indicate the times when loading and unloading is not allowed.

You may receive a penalty charge notice (PCN) if :​​​

  • Loading restrictions (kerb chevrons) are in force.
  • Your vehicle is parked on the footway.
  • You are not loading or unloading continuously.
  • Your vehicle is left unattended.

Do I need to display a dispensation?

Yes, you must remember to display the original dispensation on the vehicle at all times. You must not use a photocopied dispensation.​​​​​​​​​​​​


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