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Controlled Parking Zones and areas

A Controlled Parking Area (CPA) or Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) is an area where special parking restrictions apply


All charges for parking in our car parks and permit areas have been suspended to allow key workers to access free parking across the county.

If you work or volunteer for the NHS or are a health and social care worker, you can find free parking locations using the NHS Free Parking Search.

Controlled parking helps reduce and control the problems of long stay parking by commuters and office workers, which then helps create space for short stay visitors, such as shoppers and tourists as well as residents and their visitors. The zones/areas have many similar parking restrictions to those found when parking on the streets in other places, but there are also specifc permits that may be needed. You can find information about Durham City Controlled Parking Zone and Controlled Parking Areas (CPAs) covering:

  • Resident permits
  • Visitor permit (scratchcard)
  • Carer's permit
  • Construction permit
  • Business permit
  • Loading and unloading
  • Exceptions

Pay and display bays and permit holder only areas are restricted between certain hours (please refer to signage). Parking is free outside of operational hours and on bank holidays.

Contact us for more information.

Contact us
Parking Services
03000 263 985
Our address is:
  • PO Box 568
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9GP
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