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Changes to parking restrictions

Parking restrictions and enforcement to resume on 15 June

Drivers in Watford are being given advanced notice that parking enforcement albeit with slightly different enforced hours is resuming in Controlled Parking Zones from the 15 June.

With the lockdown now being eased and life beginning to return to some degree of normality, parking rules are being re-introduced on 15 June. This will enable the council to respond to an expected increase in traffic levels on local roads and maintain access on all routes.

Motorists will need to hold a permit or visitor voucher when parking in a permit or shared use bay and need to purchase a pay and display voucher when parked in a pay and display bay, during the restricted hours, in the zones listed below. Permit holders and visitor voucher holders are no longer able to park on yellow lines during restricted times.  To compensate for the 12 week reduced service existing permits will be extended.

Visitors to the town centre can currently park in Kings car park (intu centre) and Gade car park. From 15 June, Charter car park (intu centre) and Church car park will also be open.

Health care and critical workers displaying the national parking pass issued by their employer are able to continue to park in permit bays, shared use bays and pay and display bays free of charge.

The following zones enforcement hours are as follows:

  • Zones A, B/C, G & E: 8am – 6.30pm, Mon – Sun (restrictions  normally applies to 10pm)
  • Zones D, F, J, K, L M/N, S & T: 8am – 6.30pm, Mon – Sat (additional match day restrictions will not apply to F,J,K,L, M/N, S & T)
  • Zone U: 10am – 12pm, Mon – Fri
  • Zone V: Restrictions are not re-introduced until September
  • Zone W: 10am – 11am, Mon – Fri
  • Permit holders whose zones normally are restricted until 10pm will not need to hold a permit after 6.30pm.

St Albans Road and Whippendell Road (Re-Enforced from 13 May) - Parking enforcement resumes on St Albans Road and Whippendell Road in relation to yellow lines to ensure public safety and allow social distancing to be observed.

Off street car parks (Not enforced) - Key workers and residents can use these free of charge. They are open 24 hours. (Bushey Arches, Harebreaks, Longspring, Town HallTimberlake, Watford Business Park. Avenue Car Park will be enforced again.

Third Party Owned Car Parks (intu and CitiPark) - For more information, visit and

Penalty Charge Notices Following the Government’s decision to reduce the lockdown measures, the Parking Service as of 18 May 2020 will resume reviewing correspondence submitted by motorists in relation to the issuing of a Penalty Charge Notice. All motorists that have submitted correspondence during the hold period will be written to.


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