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Due to essential maintenance, our online payment system will not be unavailable between 1.00pm and 4.00pm on 21 August 2022. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Free parking after 2.00pm in our on-street and off-street car parks across the county - no ticket needed. This excludes car parks at Hardwick Park, Wharton Park and Riverside Park (South Ropery Lane, North Ropery Lane and the Donald Owen Clark car parks).

Durham City Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ)


A CPZ is an area where special parking restrictions apply to help make the best use of the spaces available. It will have restrictions on parking on the streets and specific permits may be needed.

You need to have a permit to park in the CPZ between 8.00am and 6.00pm, Monday to Saturday. Outside these times, and during bank holidays, parking is free to any one. During a major event, for example Lumiere or the Durham Miners' Gala, parking permits will be valid in any on-street pay and display or 'permit holder only' area during the event, if the road is not affected by closures.

Please contact us if you need further information.

Permit types

If you do not display a valid permit during the scheme times, you may get a parking fine (Penalty Charge Notice).

Due to the limited space within the Durham City CPZ, we are unable to provide resident or visitor permits for buildings built or converted after 2000.

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.

Contact us
Parking Services
03000 263 985
Our address is:
  • Room 4/117-122
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9GP