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Parking enforcement

In line with the approach across London, Royal Greenwich Council will operate a reduced parking enforcement service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our priority will be to keep roads open and safe and to protect parking space for healthcare workers, volunteers and people supporting those who are ill or self isolating.

We recognise that in some residential areas parking demand may currently outstrip supply due to most residents staying at home. In order to alleviate this, especially to help those who are self-isolating, we are relaxing enforcement on single yellow lines in Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs).  However, the requirements of the Highway Code that you must not park within 10m of a junction, where it is dangerous or causes an obstruction or across other people’s driveways must still be observed.

As long as people park safely and considerately when helping those who are self isolating they will not receive a parking ticket. 

Changes to parking enforcement

Specific measures include:

  • recognising the London Health Emergency Badge in all circumstances (not just emergencies)
  • recognising expired blue badges
  • issuing temporary permits to healthcare and other key workers. NHS staff should contact with their name and the registration number of their vehicle to request a permit
  • increasing 'observation time' to ten minutes for waiting and loading. This includes allowing longer time for food and other essential deliveries to those in isolation, without the need to pay or display a visitor voucher
  • on-street staff focussed on providing help and advice about where people can park

If you do not have a permit

Where longer term parking is needed for those who do not currently have a permit, such as students returning home from university and people who are self isolating, please contact giving your name, address and vehicle registration which will allow those vehicles to park for as long as necessary during the current crisis.

Blue badges and resident permits

We are currently unable to process Blue Badge and permit renewals within the normal timeframes. For new applications you should submit them as normal and we will process them as quickly as possible.  If your Blue Badge has expired we will continue to recognise it as valid until your renewal has been processed. For resident permits you should renew and pay online within fourteen days of expiry but we will continue to accept the expired permit as valid during that period. 

Business permits

Businesses that have business permits which are due to expire soon we will accept them as valid for a further 3 months and will keep this under review.

On-street parking

Because most people are staying at home there is much greater demand for on-street parking. As an alternative you can park for free in a Council car park that is local to you by displaying your CPZ permit.

Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs)

To keep the roads safe and accessible for key workers and essential deliveries, PCNs can still be issued for contravention of restrictions on:

  • single or double yellow lines (except single yellow lines in CPZs as set out above)
  • loading bays
  • keep clear (zig-zag) markings
  • disabled bays
  • bus stops 
  • any instances that are considered to be causing an obstruction

It is not acceptable to abuse council staff and any reports of this kind will be taken very seriously.

The council’s parking enforcement service does not remove or clamp vehicles.