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On-street parking in Dorset

Dorset County Council enforces on-street parking in West Dorset, North Dorset, East Dorset, Weymouth and Portland, Purbeck and Christchurch, this includes, enforcement, queries and permit requests.

On-street parking restrictions in operation

View the on-street parking restrictions map

On-street residents parking

Residents parking schemes manage fair parking for residents and non-residents. These areas are marked by signs and markings on the road.

Apply for an on-street disabled parking bay

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Pay an on-street parking fine

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Apply for an on-street parking permit

Dorset County Council operates permitted parking schemes across Dorset. Sign plates show the hours of operation of each scheme/zone. The cost for a 6 month resident permit is £40 and the cost for a 12 month resident permit is £70. Visitor permit costs are £16 for 20, with a 50% discount for residents over the age of 60.

Dorset County Council are changing the way we deal with processing resident and visitor permits and would like to introduce you to MiPermit who will be managing resident permits on behalf of Dorset County Council. We are introducing virtual permits which can be applied via the MiPermit website which means you no longer need to display a paper permit.

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Introducing new parking restrictions

Find out how to request new parking restrictions

General restrictions

In areas where parking restrictions are in place, the appropriate restrictions are displayed on a sign, and these restrictions must be adhered to otherwise a driver risks receiving a penalty charge. (* The only exception is double yellow lines which restrict parking at any time, and so commonly, no sign is required.) 

Holders of a valid blue badge are exempt from certain restrictions.

Parking problems

Initially, consideration has to be taken that if the area is not restricted, then drivers are entitled to park where they wish - so long as they park appropriately.

Dealing with obstruction

  • if parked vehicles caused obstruction issues to the flow of moving traffic or pedestrians, on the road, or pavement, contact Dorset Police by dialling '101'. They will assess the severity of the obstruction and take action if it is felt to be a priority

  • if parked vehicles cause obstruction issues to your property (for example, if a vehicle is parked directly across a dropped-kerb leading to your private driveway,) contact parking@dorsetcc.gov.uk, we may be able to help (although this is not guaranteed in all cases.)  The same also applies to obstruction of dropped kerbs at crossing points in the street

  • if vehicles are parked illegally in an area of restricted parking, again, contact parking@dorsetcc.gov.uk

Access protection markings

Access protection markings are single white lines painted on the tarmac in front of driveways and other accesses. They are unenforceable 'courtesy' markings.

Removal and delivery vehicles

Any responsible removal or delivery company will ensure any disruption during loading or unloading is kept to minimum. Discuss options with them.

  • investigate any practical option for having the vehicle parked off the highway wherever possible
  • active loading/unloading can take place so long as there is no obstruction of the highway and there are no restrictions on loading (yellow blips on the kerb edge)
  • liaise locally with and inform the town or parish council or local neighbourhood policing team
  • it is an offence to block the road, so the subject vehicles on narrow roads would need to be moved to allow other vehicles past
  • whilst you could request an official road closure if a vehicle will block the road, this is expensive and we require a lot of notice
  • you could request to hire no-parking cones but without a legal Traffic Order there would be no enforcement rights

On-street pay and display schemes

On-street pay and display schemes manage fair parking in areas where there is a high demand for on-street parking, and contribute to reducing congestion and allowing for effective enforcement. These areas are marked by signs, payment machines and markings on the road.

Payment

Parking can be paid for with cash at the pay and display machine or, if you don't want to worry about change, pay for parking on your mobile - visit the JustPark website, or download the app for Iphone or Android.

Waiver Scheme for tradesman

In Dorset County (not including Bournemouth and Poole,) the waiver scheme allows tradesman to park close to where they are going to carry out work, for an agreed period of time. This scheme is designed specifically to give access to tradesmen when there are no other alternatives for parking.

Charges

  • full day - £10 for the first day of work - £7.50 for each subsequent day thereafter (per waiver)
  • half day - £5 for the first day of work - £3.75 for each subsequent half day thereafter (per waiver)

To request a waiver, please contact Dorset County Council parking services.

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