Parking Enforcement Policy

Illegal and inconsiderate parking affects everyone who uses the roads within South Gloucestershire.  Enforcement is necessary to persuade motorists to comply with the regulations in force and achieve the Council’s policy objectives. These are:

  • To improve traffic flow and relieve congestion;
  • To ensure safety for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles;
  • To improve access to businesses and our wider community;
  • To ensure a fair use of limited parking spaces;
  • To improve our environment;
  • To encourage, where appropriate, the use of alternative modes of transport.

To achieve this, the Council introduced decriminalised parking enforcement in July 2007. 

In the period since decriminalised parking enforcement began, a number of new powers – including some which are discretionary – have been introduced by the Department for Transport.  In addition, some custom and practice has developed locally.  This is an appropriate time to review all these as part of a comprehensive parking enforcement policy.

A good enforcement policy will provide a framework to make sure that we work in an equitable, practical and consistent manner. This is consistent with current national best practice and compliance with the objectives of the Traffic Parking Tribunal and the Local Government Ombudsman.

The final parking enforcement policy will bring together in one place all those policies; charters; etc previously agreed by the Council.  Existing Council policies are shown in black.  Those it is proposed to change are highlighted in red text.

The council is now consulting on a revised Parking Enforcement Policy which can be viewed and downloaded from here

Comment on the proposed policy

We would welcome comments on the proposed policy from any interested parties.

To tell us your views you can complete our online survey, alternatively you can:


Write to: FREEPOST RRZE-CTRG-TJLJ, South Gloucestershire Council, Parking EnforcementConsultation, Council Offices,Castle Street, Thornbury,Bristol,BS35 1HF

Phone: 01454 868000

Download the survey, complete it and return it to our FREEPOST address

The closing date for comments is: 14th December 2012

Following this consultation period, the results of the consultation and a revised policy will be presented to the Communities Committee for adoption on 2nd January 2013.

This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.


  • Opened
    20 Sep 2012 at 00:00
  • Closed
    14 Dec 2012 at 23:59


Consultation Topic
  • Crime and community safety
  • Environment
  • Local highways and transportation projects
  • Transportation planning & policy
Geographical area
  • Almondsbury
  • Bitton
  • Boyd Valley
  • Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge
  • Bradley Stoke North
  • Bradley Stoke South
  • Charfield
  • Chipping Sodbury
  • Cotswold Edge
  • Dodington
  • Downend
  • Emersons Green
  • Filton
  • Frampton Cotterell
  • Frenchay and Stoke Park
  • Hanham
  • Kings Chase
  • Ladden Brook
  • Longwell Green
  • Oldland Common
  • Parkwall
  • Patchway
  • Pilning and Severn Beach
  • Rodway
  • Severn
  • Siston
  • Staple Hill
  • Stoke Gifford
  • Thornbury North
  • Thornbury South and Alveston
  • Westerleigh
  • Winterbourne
  • Woodstock
  • Yate Central
  • Yate North
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Target Audience
  • All residents
  • Businesses & employers
  • Councillors / MPs / MEPs
  • Expert stakeholders
  • General public
  • Partner agencies
  • Police
  • Service users
  • Staff
  • Town and Parish Councils
  • Voluntary and community groups / organisations
Contact Details

If you have any questions, please contact:


Write to: FREEPOST RRZE-CTRG-TJLJ, South Gloucestershire Council, Parking EnforcementConsultation, Council Offices,Castle Street, Thornbury,Bristol,BS35 1HF

Phone: 01454 868000