Parking waiver

What is a Parking Waiver? To carry out works to adjacent properties it may be necessary to park on a road which is subject to traffic restrictions. It is sometimes possible to buy a parking waiver.

They will only be granted in exceptional circumstances and are not intended to provide 'convenience parking'. IE: a van containing small hand tools, materials, vehicle that carries workers to and from a site. These actions are covered by existing regulations for loading/unloading/setting down passengers. 

Waivers for parking on single/double yellow lines or residents only areas will only be issued when absolutely necessary. Discretionary dispensations may be granted by for:

  • Funerals – hearse and cortege vehicles
  • Weddings – bridal vehicles
  • Routine maintenance and installation work, major building, excavation and demolition work
  • Furniture removals not undertaken by liveried companies or where loading/unloading is prohibited
  • Non-emergency glazier work

If a permit is issued it must be clearly displayed on the vehicle. The permit will be logged upon PCN software so it can be verified.

A waiver does not normally allow parking in:

  • Disabled bays, bus stop, taxi rank
  • A loading restriction during its hours of operation unless absolutely essential (marked by yellow kerb lines)
  • School Keep Clear markings or zigzag markings on a pedestrian crossing or crossing area
  • Anywhere that would cause an obstruction or a road safety hazard

A waiver is only valid for the vehicle it is issued for. If displayed on a different vehicle, or if the waiver is changed or altered in any way, it will be deemed invalid and a Penalty Charge Notice will be issued. A separate waiver for each vehicle is needed.

Please Note: Applications must be received a minimum of FIVE days before the waiver start date. Time should be added for delays caused by the post. 
Genuine emergency situations will not be subject to the notice period.

Is there a charge?
A waiver is normally only granted for a single event on one day between approved dates and times. Under certain conditions they may be granted for up to seven consecutive days at a specific location, but no longer.
Up to seven days: £15.00 for the first day and £5 per day thereafter. 
Please Note: Only payments by direct debit/credit card or cheque are accepted. Further extensions will require new applications to be made in order to allow the parking, traffic and safety situation to be reviewed by the Council.

How can I apply?
Option 1 - Complete the waiver application form and email it to: clear.streets@staffordshire.gov.uk

Option 2 - Telephone us on 0300 111 8000. We will be happy to complete the application on your behalf and arrange to take either a debit or credit card payment. 

Option 3 - By post. Download and complete the form and send, together with a cheque, to: 
Staffordshire County Council Highways Department,
Wedgwood Buildings,
Tipping Street,
Stafford
ST16 2DH 

Once approved the waiver will be available for collection from the Council reception or posted to your nominated address.

The assessment criteria is:
•    Was it received in a timely manner?
•    Do you need constant access to the vehicle(s)?
•    What road safety/traffic implications does the parking of the vehicle(s) in the requested location have?
•    Has the applicant provided all the necessary details and do you need to have it for the time specified ?
•    Could an alternative location or resolution be found?
•    Has the applicant paid the appropriate fee?

The decision of the Council to issue a permit is final.

Important information
The vehicle must be moved on the request or instructions of a police officer, civil enforcement officer, council officer or utility company contractor. We are not required to offer any compensation or alternative parking. If necessary, a waiver may be withdrawn without notice. Your contact details will be used in this instance to inform you.

Civil Enforcement Officers employed by Staffordshire County Council will conduct inspections during the waiver to establish if the vehicle is being used for its purpose. The charge is to cover the council’s cost for investigations, the issue of the Waiver and inspection.