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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Free parking after 2.00pm in Durham County Council on street and off street car parks across the county from 1 April 2021 - no ticket needed.
Offer excludes car parks at Hardwick Park in Sedgefield, Wharton Park Durham, or Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street (consisting of South Ropery Lane, North Ropery Lane and the Donald Owen Clark car parks).

School keep clear markings


The over-riding priority around schools is the safety of children. Parents who choose to take their children to school by car must obey the parking regulations in place.

Where single or double yellow lines are present, drivers can stop to pick up or drop off children, but waiting for passengers is not permitted. When picking up or dropping off your child, you must stay with your vehicle at all times unless your child needs help getting into or out of your vehicle.

The child must be ready to leave as soon as you arrive, otherwise you must move your vehicle to an appropriate parking place. If you have to wait for the child to be released or a teacher wishes to speak to you, you must move your vehicle to a parking place and, if required, display a valid permit or pay and display ticket.

Outside the vast majority of schools in the county, yellow 'School Keep Clear' markings have been provided. No vehicle, including those displaying a blue badge, is allowed to stop on these markings for any reason during the hours stated on the accompanying signs. Any vehicle parking on these markings may be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice.

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