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P R O J E C T  S U M M A R Y

Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) restrict on-street parking to designated bays during certain times and days. Businesses, residents and visitors can park in the bays using a permit, while general kerbside parking is not permitted.

Controlled Parking Zones are used to manage limited parking, prioritising it for local residents and businesses. They are also used to discourage commuter parking in residential areas.

Residents’ Parking Schemes are a type of a Controlled Parking Zone. A number of Residents’ Parking Schemes are currently operational in Cambridge.

New Controlled Parking Zones within Cambridge are being proposed by City Access to tackle congestion as an effective ways of tackling traffic growth. New Residents’ Parking Schemes are the first element being progressed and will be administered by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Managing parking is an important part of holistic measures required to sustainably deliver growth in and around Cambridge.

B E N E F I T S  O F  T H E  P R O J E C T
  • Prioritisation of parking spaces for local residents and businesses.
  • Residents can park close to their homes.
  • Improved parking facilities for residents and businesses.
  • Increased short stay parking for visitors to local shops and business.
  • Reduced congestion and air pollution in neighbourhoods from passing vehicles.
  • Improved access for emergency vehicles.
  • Encourages the use of sustainable transport (e.g. public transport and cycling).
  • Flexibility to exclude and provide parking for certain groups, such as medical staff and carers.
A contemporary style new build house, with a young tree in the foreground

A number of successful Residents’ Parking Schemes, requested by the local community, currently operate within Cambridge.

To encourage uptake of Residents’ Parking Schemes, the set-up costs will be funded by Greater Cambridge Partnership and administered by Cambridgeshire County Council. This will remove the one-off set-up cost that residents of new schemes previously had to pay, but the one-off application charge, annual fees and visitors permit charges will still need to be paid by residents.

Residents living within the zones can opt to pay an annual fee for permission to park within the zone. Permits are issued to vehicles registered within the zone. Motorists without a permit are not allowed to park in the zone and can be subject to a penalty charge notice if they do.

Residents can apply for permits for visitors to use these spaces. Businesses, carers and tradespeople can also apply for a special permit, if they require parking spaces within a zone. Disabled drivers with a Blue Badge are permitted to park in any residents’ parking bays, with no time limitation, as long as it is correctly displayed.

Controlled Parking Zones Gallery

G E T  I N V O L V E D

Public consultations for phase one of the proposed new Residents’ Parking Schemes are planned to start in autumn 2017. Only zones where over 50% of residents express support will be progressed. Public consultation in the other proposed zones will follow on in stages over a period of two years.

Find out more about upcoming consultations on Residents’ Parking Schemes on the County Council website.


Implementation of Residents’ Parking Schemes within Cambridge will receive £1m over three years

The budget will be reviewed as detailed measures are determined.

Frequently asked questions

A. New Resident Parking Zones will only be agreed if at least 50% of residents support the proposals during a public consultation.

A. While a Residents’ Parking Scheme can’t guarantee on-street parking for every resident within the scheme immediately outside their home, it will result in on-street parking being prioritised for residents.

A. Resident’s Parking Schemes can be implemented by local authorities to limit parking on public roads in certain residential areas between certain times to households within the scheme. Short stay pay and display parking is provided where necessary to allow people to visit shops and businesses.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership aims to reduce congestion and RPS would help shift commuters travelling into Cambridge by parking in residential streets. It would also help prevent the displacement of vehicles caused by a Workplace Parking Levy.

A. The annual fee for a Residents’ Parking Permit varies depending on the schemes operational hours, the current range is from £52 to £81.

Currently visitor’s permits cost £8 per permit and are valid for up to five full days.

A. By law, councils cannot raise revenue from RPS and income generated is used for administration and enforcement purposes. 


Cambridge On-Street Residential Parking Study

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Published on 19 Jun 2017

Residents Parking Zones quick guide

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Published on 19 Jun 2017