The city of Westminster with its iconic attractions, stunning Victorian and Georgian architecture, Parliament buildings and landscaped Royal Parks is increasingly regarded by single professionals, couples and families as a great district to live and work in.
Where do I park? Are there any permits I can buy? What parking restrictions do I need to be aware of? are just a few of the questions we receive from clients who contact us for assistance finding the perfect Westminster property. We have therefore put together some information on parking which we hope will help.
Regarding permits, the three most commonly purchased permits are:
Resident Parking Permit - If you own a car or motorbike, we recommend you apply for this. Your registration, application and permit purchase can be done online; unless you own an eco or electric car in which case you need to post your application to Westminster City Council.
Trade Permit - You can get one of these if you’re renting a house near Westminster and need to travel across Westminster frequently for work purposes.
White Badge - Consider applying for a White Badge if you are a disabled resident or nonresident who visits the borough of Westminster regularly for work, medical or educational purposes.
Westminster Resident Parking Permit
As a car owner, you can enjoy free parking in the resident parking zone your permit indicates, as well as in Resident, Shared-use and Paid-for-bays (before 9:30 AM and after 5:30 PM) within your parking zone.
If you ride a motorcycle, you can park at any motorcycle bay in Westminster, London as well as Resident, Shared-use and Paid-for-bays within your zone.
Incase you need to park in another zone, use the very efficient ParkRight App which is effective in locating on-street empty parking spots. Alternatively, try the Parking Locator which enables you to book your spot in advance.
These parking privileges are one of the primary reasons why properties to rent in Westminster are swiftly occupied.
Note: One parking area your permit doesn’t cover is the City West Homes managed council estates or private housing estates.
Westminster Trade Parking Permit
You can park in a number of bays within the parking zone where you are offering your services. We suggest you use the Pay-to-Park bays since you will receive a 20% discount.
Westminster White Badge
With this permit in hand, you can park free in Resident and Paid-for bays. In Blue Badge bays, a 4 hr maximum period during controlled hours is imposed and on single yellow lines no parking is allowed during controlled hours.
A little insight into parking restrictions in Westminster will go a long way to avoiding a ticket. Common parking faux pas include parking:
- In suspended bays.
- On streets temporarily closed to facilitate an event. Example: St. Patrick’s Day parade.
- In Resident Parking bays without a valid permit, except Christmas Day.
- In bays for Trade and Disabled holders without a valid permit.
- On double yellow lines.
- On single yellow lines; except during Bank and Public holidays and even then only if there are no ‘Sunday controls’.
Read more about parking restrictions here.
Should you have forgotten your permit or left your vehicle in a non-designated spot, chances are that you have or will shortly receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) or parking ticket. You can either challenge this or pay up. If you choose the former, raise your concern online or post your written challenge to Westminster Parking Services.
If you believe the ticket is justly issued, we recommend payment within 14 days (21 if its a CCTV parking PCN) as doing so, will give you a 50% discount.