Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ)

Frequently asked questions

What is a Controlled Parking Zone?

A Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) is a specific area where all kerb side space is restricted in some way. They are usually a mixture of permit bays, pay and display bays and yellow lines.

What is the purpose of having a Controlled Parking Zone?

In Watford, our CPZs are introduced at the request of residents and seek to provide a preferential parking opportunity for residents in and around the busy Town Centre. A CPZ can remove the need for so much signage, particularly as many of the restrictions will be operational at the same time as the zone itself. The operational hours of the CPZ can be found on the zone entry signs situated on both sides of the road at all entrances into the zone.

I am a resident of the CPZ but I received a Penalty Charge Notice. Why is this the case when the scheme was introduced to benefit me?

CPZs are introduced for the benefit of all residents living in the area and so it is important that all motorists, residents or otherwise, observe the rules of the scheme.

 Why is my property exempt from the CPZ scheme?

New developments will be commonly exempt from the Controlled Parking Zone scheme as part of the agreement with the developer when planning permission was provided. Existing residents are often concerned that the approval of new developments will lead to increased pressure on parking and this policy is intended to address this issue. If you would like to check if your property is exempt from the scheme, please contact the Parking Service directly on 01923 278890.

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