South Norfolk car park permits
With 42% of households within East Anglia owning more than one car, many households don’t have the luxury of space to park their vehicles. Add into the mix narrow roads, turning areas, dropped kerbs, parking restrictions, delivery vehicles, buses and taxis, situations involving parked vehicles are likely to occur.
If one of those situations occur, please contact us on the details at the bottom of the page.
This is a common problem in all our towns and villages. You have no legal entitlement to be able to park on a public road directly outside your house and so anyone may park outside your property, providing there are no restrictions in place, such as yellow lines or permit parking - if that is the case, please see above.
It is not illegal for vehicles to:
- park in turning circles
- park immediately before or after a dropped kerb
- park opposite a dropped kerb or driveway entrance
- take up too much space
- park in other inconsiderate ways.
If you are experiencing inconsiderate parking, you will need to speak to the owner of the vehicle directly to find a solution. Visit our complaints page for tips on dealing with an inconsiderate neighbour.
Unfortunately, South Norfolk Council has no powers to deal with these issues.
Vehicles that block a driveway
If a vehicle has parked across a dropped kerb and this prevents you from accessing your driveway with a car or bike, then this may be an offence of wilful obstruction (Section 137 of the Highways Act 1980) and this can be reported to the Police using the 101 service.
Vehicles parked on a footpath and/or causing an obstruction
There is no national prohibition against parking on a pavement, except for heavy commercial vehicles, and there are also restrictions for cars in London unless there are yellow lines on the road next to the pavement when this is an offence and a Penalty Charge Notice could be issued. However, it is an offence under Section 72 of the Highways Act 1935 to drive onto the pavement, whether with the intention to park or not.
This could also be considered as an offence of wilful obstruction (Section 137 of the Highways Act 1980). Both these offences are criminal offences and as such, offences should be reported to your local Police Safer Neighbourhood Team or if there is a more urgent need for the police to attend, please call 101.
Broadland and South Norfolk.