About Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ)

What is a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ)?

Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) are car parking areas monitored by us which, in some cases, means you will need a permit to park.

In a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) parking is only permitted in designated parking bays, and the remainder of the kerbside space is subject to yellow line restrictions. Residents need to purchase permits if they, or their visitors, wish to park in the designated bays during the scheme’s operational hours. The CPZ is intended to give permit holders priority use of on-street parking spaces during the scheme’s operational hours. However, it does not guarantee a reserved parking space. The main objective is to discourage commuter and long stay parking by people from outside the area. To ensure that this works fairly, CPZs are enforced by uniformed Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs).

How are the times of parking restrictions for a CPZ decided?

In deciding the hours of operation of a CPZ, officers consider the results of parking occupancy surveys and the preference of local residents expressed through their representations and through public consultation. We also need to consider the operational practicality of enforcement. We usually offer the following options in the questionnaires for residents and businesses to select when responding to a CPZ consultation. 

  • 10.00 am - 3.00 pm, Monday - Friday (for a shorter period)
  • 8.30 am   - 6.30pm, Monday - Friday (for all day controls)
  • 10.00 am - 9pm, Monday - Friday (for longer controls)

Residents will have the opportunity to state their preference if they are not happy with the options listed above.

The consultation will also ask about days of operation; and the inclusion of Saturday or Sunday and Bank Holiday restrictions are also optional.

What is the purpose of a CPZ?

The purpose of CPZs is not to raise revenue, but to improve road safety and parking facilities for local people. The process of implementing, managing and enforcing any CPZ scheme incurs significant costs. Permit income generated by the scheme is used to maintain and enforce the CPZ. In accordance with the law any surplus income from parking enforcement is used to supplement relevant transport services within the borough, for example by ensuring we can cover the cost of the Freedom Pass. In a CPZ parking bays are provided in places where it is safe for vehicles to park, and the rest of the kerb side within the zone is subject to yellow line restrictions.

Who can apply for permits in a CPZ?

In a CPZ you need a permit to park. Residents and businesses within the zone, except those living in a car-free development, can buy permits.

  • Residents within the CPZ can buy up to 3 residents parking permits per household to allow them to park in a resident parking bays, shared use bays and permit holder bays.
  • Businesses within a CPZ can buy up to 3 business parking permits to allow them to park in shared use bays and permit holder parking bays.

Apply for a permit to park 

How do we enforce parking restrictions?

Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) patrol the whole of Brent to enforce parking restrictions. Particular attention is given to Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs). When a contravention is identified a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) will be placed on the windscreen of the car, handed directly to the driver or sent by post.

The Council works in partnership with Serco, the contractor responsible for parking management and enforcement.

Contraventions such as parking on yellow lines, bus stops, pedestrian crossings, grass verges and footways are enforced, as well as:parking in permit bays without displaying the correct permit

  • parking in pay & display bays without paying the correct charge
  • parking on school Keep Clear markings.
  • Moving Traffic Contraventions (such as yellow box junctions and banned turns), and parking at bus stops or on school Keep Clear markings, are enforced using CCTV cameras and CCTV equipped vehicles.
  • The Council also takes enforcement action against vehicles blocking driveways.

Can I park across my own driveway during the hours of the CPZ?

No. This is because the single yellow lines outside a driveway are enforced during the operational hours of the CPZ.

How are parking contraventions enforced?

Parking penalties in London are set by London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee (TEC). This is made up from elected representatives of the 33 local authorities in London, as well as Transport for London.

Current charges are;

  • £130 (band A) or £110 (band B) depending on location charge band (Higher rate contraventions, e.g. parking on yellow lines)
  • £80 (band A) or £60 (band B) depending on location charge band (Lower rate contraventions, e.g. overstaying in a pay & display bay)

A 50% discount is applied if payment is received within 14 days from the date the PCN was issued. If a vehicle remains in place for 30 minutes or more after a PCN has been issued, it may be removed. Some contraventions may result in the immediate removal of a vehicle. Where a serious problem is caused by illegal parking, for example a blocked driveway, or illegal parking is causing a danger, immediate removal may take place.

How can I report illegally parked vehicles?

Illegal parking can be reported to Serco any day (except Christmas Day), between the hours of 8am and 10pm, by calling 020 8290 8300.

Parking suspensions and dispensations

It may become necessary to suspend parking bays and allow parking dispensation, for example, to facilitate road works where the spaces are needed to carry out works or accommodate works vehicles, plant and materials. When parking bays are suspended signs are erected and illegally parked vehicles can be issued with PCNs or removed.