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Civil parking enforcement

The majority of parking enforcement across the UK is now the responsibility of local Councils rather than the Police. Cheshire West and Chester Council carries out enforcement throughout the borough.

The benefits of parking enforcement include helping residents and vistors by:

Challenging a Penalty Charge Notice (parking ticket)

If you have received a parking ticket and you want to challenge it you will find details of how to do this on the back of the ticket. You can also use our online form.

Parking enforcement guidance

We've produced guidance which explains how enforcement is carried out and provides details of when a Penalty Charge Notice might be cancelled. The guidance was developed by consulting residents, and complies with parking legislation and the Secretary of State's guidance.

Grace periods

A change to parking legislation in regard to grace periods came into operation on 6 April 2015. We decided to apply these changes before this date and started offering the grace period from 10 March 2015.

The change means that a 10 minute grace period will be given in parking areas where waiting is already permitted or where parking has been paid for.

The 10 minute grace period will apply to:

The 10 minute grace period will not apply to:

The above is given as a guide only, if you are unsure please check before choosing where to park. The Government has produced guidance to local authorities on parking legislation as a whole and reference to the grace period can be found on page 19 of the document.

Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT)

The independent adjudicator for parking enforcement is the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. For more details about the Traffic Penalty Tribunal and their role please visit their website.