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Parking restrictions

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

It's important that you take into consideration any parking restrictions when parking your vehicle, as you risk receiving a Penalty Charge Notice if parked in contravention of any restrictions.

This page gives some general information on different types of restrictions that you may find throughout the Borough. This is just a general overview so it is important as a driver that you always check the area for restrictions before parking.

If you would like to see parking restrictions that apply to a specific road, you can view our map-based Traffic Regulation Orders (TRO) using our new online service, Gravesham Traffweb.

Double yellow lines

Mean that no parking is permitted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in other words ‘at any time’. Signs are not required for this restriction.

Single yellow lines

Indicate a shorter period of restriction and mean that at some time of the day parking is restricted. The days and times of the restrictions will be shown on a nearby yellow time plate, except for yellow lines within Controlled Parking Zones (information on CPZs can be seen further down this page).

Pedestrian area

In place throughout the main Town Centre in New Road, High Street, King Street and part of Windmill Street for the safety of pedestrians during the core hours. The restriction does not require any road markings and is signposted at each entry point to the zone and at intermittent points throughout the zone.

No parking is permitted at any time, and between 8am to 8pm no vehicles are permitted. During these times, the gates to the zone are closed. Between 8pm through to 8am, the gates are open and this is for drive through access only unless loading / unloading or displaying a valid disabled badge.

Loading/Unloading Prohibition

Are shown by single or double yellow lines with the addition of yellow marks on the edge of the kerb. There are different types of loading restrictions, as shown below:

  • Double yellow lines with two kerb marks indicate that no parking and no loading / unloading is permitted at any time.
  • Double yellow lines with one kerb mark indicates that no parking is permitted at any time and no loading / unloading is permitted between certain times. Signs will indicate the times that no loading / unloading is permitted.
  • Single yellow lines with one kerb mark indicates that no parking is permitted between certain times and no loading is permitted between certain times. Signs will indicate the times that no parking or loading / unloading is permitted.

Loading bays

Shown by a white marked bay along with lettering on the road. There will also be a sign to indicate the times the loading bay applies. If a sign does not detail any timings, this indicates that the loading bay applies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Some of our loading bays become Taxi Ranks overnight. Signs next to the bay will show this.

Disabled bays

For disabled badge holders only. 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A valid disabled badge must be displayed to be permitted to park. There is no time limit for disabled badge holders.

Please visit our disabled parking and bays section for more information about where you can and cannot park with your blue badge in Gravesham.

Clearways

Are not usually marked on the road but are signposted at each entry and exit to the clearway and at intermittent points throughout. No parking is permitted at any time in a clearway.

Dropped kerb

Tactile paving areas by dropped kerbs are in place to allow ease of crossing for pedestrians and in particular, wheelchair and push chair users. We will enforce vehicles parking across or obstructing these dropped kerbs. Lines and signs are not a requirement, dropped kerbs are clearly visible.

Private dropped kerbs, such as those outside a property to access off street parking/driveways are not enforced by us. Kent Police are responsible for parking contraventions where there are no on-street parking restrictions. Please see the Kent Police website.

School restrictions

Are often marked by yellow zig-zags with the wording ‘school keep clear’ and indicate that no stopping or parking is permitted at certain times, specifically around school start and finish times. Signs indicate the times that these restrictions apply. They are in place for the safety of children when going to and leaving school so it is important to think of their safety.

Pedestrian crossings

Are enforceable 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The restriction is marked by white zig-zag lines along with the crossing area. Parking on the footpath around the crossing is also prohibited, the restriction is in place to ensure clear view for pedestrians using the crossing, as well as motorists approaching the crossing.

Taxi ranks

Are marked by a yellow bay along with a sign. The sign will indicate the times the taxi rank applies. If a sign does not detail any timings, this indicates that the taxi rank applies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Taxi ranks are not for parking, only for waiting to pick up a customer so taxis should not be parked to pop into town or similar. The taxi should not be left unattended.

Bus stops

Are for buses only and no other vehicles are permitted to park at any time.

Cycle lanes

These are shown by road markings and signs. The highway code states that you must not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line. Do not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a broken white line unless it is unavoidable. Unless signs indicate specific times, the cycle lane applies 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Footway / verge parking

Restrictions do not require line markings, but are signposted within the affected area. Outside of London, parking on the verge / footway is only enforceable if a verge / footway restriction is in place or if another restriction is in place on the carriageway, for example a double yellow line.

It is important to think of the safety of not only drivers, but also pedestrians when parking. Whilst you may think you are doing vehicles a favour parking on the footpath, you may be restricting access for pedestrians, and in particular wheelchair and push chair users.

Resident Parking Scheme

Consists of seven zones: A, B, C, D, F, G and H.

Restrictions vary from road to road during the day, for example pay & display parking or limited free parking, although most share a similar resident permit holders only restriction between 6.30pm through to 8am, seven days a week.

Residents can apply for resident and visitor permits. Permits are only valid on the marked zone bays and are not valid on other restrictions in the zones, such as single and double yellow lines.

If you would like to know the restrictions that apply in a particular street within our residents parking scheme, please use our street name search. Please note that the search will only show streets in a Residential Parking Scheme.

Controlled Parking Zones

Are in operation in various areas across the Borough including outskirts such a Meopham, Northfleet and Higham. CPZs are marked by a single yellow line within the affected area and signs are in place at each entry to the zone informing motorists of the times the restriction applies. Separate signs throughout the zone are not required.

The CPZ restriction times are different in each zone. Residents within CPZs are permitted to apply for waiver permits for themselves and visitors vehicles. Waiver permits are only valid on the CPZ restriction and are not valid on other restrictions within the zone, such as double yellow lines and timed bay restrictions.

If you would like to know the times that a CPZ restriction applies, please use our street name search. Please note that the search will only show streets in a Residential Parking Scheme.

Permit Parking Areas

The Permit Parking Area (PPA) is in place across a large area surrounding the Town Centre. It is split into ten zones from TC01 to TC10. Signs are in place at each entry to the zone informing motorists of the times the restriction applies, with smaller repeater signs throughout the zone. PPAs do not require any road markings, but you may still find other markings such as double yellow lines or timed bay restrictions.

The PPA restriction times are different in each zone. Residents within PPAs are permitted to apply for PPA permits for themselves and visitors vehicles. PPA permits are only valid on the PPA restriction and are not valid on other restrictions within the zone, such as single and double yellow lines and timed bay restrictions.

If you would like to know the times that a PPA restriction applies, please use our street name search. Please note that the search will only show streets in a Residential Parking Scheme.

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