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Durham City Controlled Parking Zone


Parking within certain areas of the Durham City Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) is restricted to permit holders only between 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Saturday. Outside these times, parking is free to any drivers.

Failure to display a valid permit during operational hours may result in a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) being issued by a Civil Enforcement Officer.

Apply for a parking permit

Residents living within Durham City Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) can apply for a range of permits. If you are eligible for a permit, the Durham City parking permit applications page shows the documents you'll need to submit with your application.

If you find you are not eligible for a permit, you may wish to consider using Co-wheels Car Club, a not-for-profit organisation that allows you to book cars in advance for personal use.

The following permits are available from the the parking shop or online on the Durham City parking permit applications page:

  • Resident permit
  • Resident visitor permit (scratchcard)
  • Carer's permit
  • Construction permit
  • Business permit

Please note, due to the historic nature of the streets within the CPZ, the supply of on street parking space is limited in some areas. We are therefore unable to provide resident or visitor permits for occupiers of new developments/conversions after 2000. Before moving to a new development or converted property please ensure that the parking available to you is adequate for your needs.

Resident permits

Resident permits will only be issued by the Parking Shop to residents within the CPZ at a cost of £40 per year for the first permit and £60 per year for the second. Permits are available for short term residents for the period stated on their tenancy agreement. The permits are for use by residents only and have the vehicle registration number printed on them. Permits are non-transferable between vehicles. The vehicle must be registered in the name of the applicant. Permits can be transferred to a new vehicle on return of the permit.

Permits will not be issued for passenger vehicles weighing over 7.5 tonnes or those longer than 6 metres.

The permit allows residents to park in both permit holder only areas and pay and display bays. A maximum of two permits will be issued per household. Additional vehicle details should be supplied with an application for more than one permit. 

If the household has off street parking available, the number of permits will be reduced by the number of off street parking places. Off street parking provision need not be attached to the property and may be in the form of detached garages, parking spaces etc. Properties which are multiple occupancy, such as a house sub-divided into flats, will be treated as one residence and will be eligible to apply for two permits unless it is split into several discrete flats and is registered with the council as such. In this case each flat will be entitled to one permit.

Resident Permits are zone specific and cannot be used in any other zone other than the zone in which the resident's property is located.

Resident visitor permit (scratchcard)

Scratchcards will only be issued by the Parking Shop to residents within the CPZ and can be purchased at a cost of £4.50 per book. A maximum of six books may be purchased per household every three months. The following types of scratchcard books are available:

  • fifteen three-hour scratchcards
  • five one-day scratchcards.

The scratchcard allows visitors to park in both permit holder only areas and pay and display bays. Three of the three hour scratchcards can be used for a full day's parking ie the tenth hour is free. There is no limit on the number of scratchcards that can be used consecutively to allow a visitor to stay all day or for a number of days.

Hotels and guesthouses may apply for up to 12 books of resident visitor scratchcards every three months.

Please note that residents cannot purchase new books of scratchcards until they have used up their current allocation. An allocation of six books per resident is permitted within an 84 day period. If a resident chooses not to purchase their allocation of six books in one go, then the following conditions apply:

Number of books of scratchcards purchased

How long residents must wait before purchasing any more scratchcards

1 or 2 books28 days (4 weeks)
3 or 4 books56 days (8 weeks)
5 or 6 books84 days (12 weeks)

Carer's permit

A carer's permit will only be issued by the Parking Shop to residents within the CPZ. There is no charge. Permits for three, six or twelve month periods are available. The permit allows carers to park in both permit holder only areas and pay and display bays.

The permit should be kept by the resident and should be displayed in the carer's vehicle when required. Carers' permits may only be given to those calling at the permit holder's address. It is the householder's responsibility to ensure that their permit is retrieved from the carer's vehicle at the end of their stay.

Carers' permits are zone specific and cannot be used in any other zone other than the zone in which the resident's property is located. A resident is eligible for a Carer's Permit if they are:

  • Registered blind (letter required from our Adult Sensory Support Team)
  • In receipt of Higher Rate Mobility or Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance (letter from the Department for Works and Pensions required)
  • Receiving War Pensions Mobility Supplement
  • A permanent user of a wheelchair (confirmed by local centre)
  • Aged 85 or over and have 'severe walking difficulty' (proof of age only)
  • Suffering from dementia (certified by hospital authorities)
  • Suffering from a terminal illness (certified by GP or hospital)
  • Suffering from certain neurological disorders which developed after 65 and affect mobility or require help from another person, including strokes, Parkinson's Disease or Motor Neurone Disease (confirmed by GP or hospital)
  • Under two but requiring bulky medical equipment to be carried at all times.

Construction permit

Construction permits will only be issued by the Parking Shop to building contractors undertaking work at a residential property within the CPZ. The permit costs either £30 per week or £120 per month.

The permits are for use in any of the building contractor's vehicles. Permits cannot be used in vehicles weighing over 7.5 tonnes or those longer than six metres. The permit allows builders to park in permit holder only areas.

A maximum of two permits will be issued per residential property for a maximum period of one month in any twelve month period. An extension may be offered at the discretion of the Parking Manager where the building project is subject to planning permission. 

Construction permits are zone specific and cannot be used in any zone other than the zone in which the residential property is located.

Business permit

A business permit will only be issued by the Parking Shop to businesses within the CPZ at a cost of £375 per year and are limited to one per business address. The permit is for use by one business vehicle only and has the vehicle registration number printed on it. Permits will not be issued for passenger vehicles weighing over 7.5 tonnes or those longer than six metres. The permit can be transferred to a new registered applicant on return of the permit at a £10 re-issue charge.

The permit allows parking in pay and display bays and permit holder only areas within the CPZ. Business permits are not zone specific and can be used in any zone within the CPZ.

Picking up and dropping off of passengers

Drivers may stop in a pay and display bay to pick-up or drop-off passengers but waiting for passengers is not permitted. When picking up or dropping off you must stay with your vehicle at all times unless any of your passengers need help getting in or out of your vehicle.

Loading and unloading

Loading and unloading is permitted in permit holder only areas. Loading and unloading is considered to be taking place where items are being taken to and from a vehicle, however, this does not cover packing, unpacking, assembly or stopping to have a conversation. Stopping to go to the toilet is also not covered. As soon as the last item is loaded or unloaded, the vehicle must be moved or a valid permit displayed.

Exceptions to needing a permit

Suspensions

You can apply to the Parking Shop to have permit holder only regulations suspended. However, you must apply in advance. Regulations can sometimes be suspended to accommodate:

  • building and demolition works
  • excavations in or adjacent to a parking bay
  • work by utility companies in or adjacent to a parking bay
  • removals and deliveries
  • weddings and funerals

Bank holidays

Permit holder only areas are not active during bank holidays.

Blue Badge holders

Blue Badge holders can park in permit holder only areas without charge or time limit.

Contact us
The Parking Shop (permits)
0191 384 6633
Our address is:
  • Suite 1
  • Forster House, Forster Business Centre
  • Finchale Road, Framwellgate Moor
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5HL
0191 384 6846
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