Parking types, road markings and signs explained

Permit holder bays

These are bays designated for all valid permits, or particular types of permit as specified on the signs e.g. ‘resident permit holders only’ or ‘business permits only’.

'Pay & Display' bays

These are bays designated for short stay visits to businesses or homes in a CPZ area. They are designed to ensure that there is a regular turnover of parking spaces. Motorists who wish to park in the Zone may do by paying by mobile device such as a phones or at designated pay & display bays, or by purchasing a ticket from a pay & display machine and displaying it on the windscreen of their vehicle. The parking charges are shown on the pay & display machines. These machines will only accept payment up to the maximum permitted length of stay. Resident's permits are not valid in ‘pay & display only' bays

Current charges are as follows:

  • Payment by phone - 20 pence for every 6 minutes (short stay up to 15 minutes will be
    charged at 20 pence only), £1-00 for 30 minutes, £2-00 for 60 minutes, £4-00 for 120
    minutes and £6-00 for 180 minutes; and
  • Payment via machine - 20 pence for every 6 minutes (short stay up to 15 minutes will
    be charged at 20 pence only), £1-50 for 30 minutes, £2-50 for 60 minutes, £4-50 for
    120 minutes and £6-50 for 180 minutes.

Shared use bays

These are parking bays which allow both permit holders and pay & display users to park. Permit holders must display a valid permit, and pay & display users must either pay by mobile phone or purchase a pay & display ticket.

Loading bays / loading and unloading 

Loading bays are provided in CPZs where there is a need for vehicles to deliver or collect heavy or bulky goods. Loading and unloading is usually only permitted for a maximum period of 30 minutes in loading bays, although this limit can vary by location. Where loading restrictions do not apply, loading can also take place for up to 40 minutes.

Yellow lines

We get a number of requests for waiting restrictions on safety grounds throughout the year and therefore we apply set criteria when assessing new requests.

The most urgent cases are included within our short sections programme through assessing a range of factors such as accident rates, traffic flows, vehicle speeds and obstruction. If the sites meet with our criteria then they are approved and progressed to the implementation stage.

Typically we prepare two or three sets of sites we have approved a year. This generally means between 15-20 sites across the Brent will get new lines.

We group the sites together to cut down on the cost of advertising the necessary legal traffic orders. Traffic orders can take between four to five months to implement because of the required legal statutory process.

Single yellow lines

Single yellow lines indicate a parking prohibition (on specified days and times) within the controlled hours specified on zone entry signs, and also on the time plate usually on a lamp post or sign post adjacent to the single yellow line.

If different hours apply to the general hours for the zone, this will be indicated on the time plates.

Double yellow lines 

A double yellow line indicates a 24-hour parking prohibition. All double yellow lines within Brent operate seven days a week, including bank holidays. Time plate signs are not required or double yellow restrictions.

Red routes

Red routes are the responsibility of Transport for London (TfL). They work mainly by putting a stop to delays caused by illegal parking and stopping.

Red routes use a package of measures to improve safe traffic flow. The most obvious of these measures are the red lines along the road edge which are a clear signal to drivers to say 'no stopping'.

Wembley event day signs

During events at Wembley Stadium, all on-street parking in residential areas within the Event Day Zone will be controlled from 10am until midnight (unless otherwise stated) and this will be shown on the road signs in the zone.

Request a sign or other markings

All requests are taken on a case by case basis and please see below for some examples of common requests.

Any requests and suggestions can be sent to us at

New signs

Requests are received from members of the public or organisations for new signs to venues, libraries and churches for example.

When this is requested by organisations or members of the public there is usually a charge associated for the design, manufacture and erection of the signs.

'School Keep Clear' markings

We can arrange for 'School Keep Clear' markings at sites where parked vehicles are a hazard to children.

The markings are a reminder not to stop and park at the school entrance for whatever reason and are enforceable under moving traffic contravention rules.

White lines - Apply using our form

White lines can be added across private driveways, crossovers and garage fronts that go onto the public highway.

The white lines are to deter someone blocking your access from your driveway to the road only and are not enforced by us.