Watford Borough Council operate a decriminalised parking enforcement scheme to benefit public transport users, pedestrians, cyclists and responsible motorists.


For further information on the specific services that the Parking Service provides, please click on one of the links to the left. Alternatively, you may browse our frequently asked questions below:

Frequently Asked Questions  

How do I pay a parking penalty online? How do I report faded lines or damaged signs?
How do I challenge a parking penalty? Where can I park with my Blue Badge in Watford?
What is a controlled parking zone? How do I get an advisory white line or disabled bay outside my house?
How do I apply for a permit online? Where can my trademen park?

How can I arrange the suspension of a parking bay?

Where can I charge my electric or hybrid vehicle?
When will the next match day enforcement be taking place? A vehicle has been parked across my driveway. What can I do?

Parking Shop Contact Details
The Parking Shop
71-73 Market Street
WD18 0PS

Telephone - 01908 223507
E-mail -

The usual Parking Shop opening hours are 8am to 6:30pm, Monday to Saturday. However, reduced opening hours will be in place over the Christmas and New Year period, as shown below. Please note that usual enforcement will take place over this period.

Date Opening Hours
Wednesday 24th December 2014 (Christmas Eve) 8am - 5pm
Thursday 25th December 2014 (Christmas Day) Closed
Friday 26th December 2014 (Boxing Day) Closed
Saturday 27th December 2014 9am - 6pm
Sunday 28th December 2014 Closed
Monday 29th December 2014 9am - 6pm
Tuesday 30th December 2014 9am - 6pm
Wednesday 31st December 2014 (New Year's Eve) 9am - 6pm
Thursday 1st January 2015 (New Year's Day) Closed
Friday 2nd January 2015 8am - 6.30pm

In accordance with the Traffic Management Act 2004, local authorities that carry out Civil Parking Enforcement are expected to be accountable and transparent and as such are required to publish an annual report within six months of the end of every financial year. Please click here for the most recent report. 

The Parking Service further publish a Penalty Charge Notice Guidance and Cancellation Policy Document on a yearly basis which contains extensive information on the Service and its policies. Please click here for the most recent document.

The council is a member of the Parking and Traffic Regulations Outside London (PATROL) Adjudication Joint Committee. The Joint Committee publishes an Annual Statement of Accounts which is subject to External Audit and the arrangements for 2012/13 can be found on the PATROL Website




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