London Borough of Barnet

Parking enforcement

Parking and Traffic management measures like parking places and waiting restrictions help:

  • ease congestion caused by inconsiderate parking
  • with road safety
  • disabled users of vehicles
  • provide parking for specific users (such as residents, businesses, or blue badge holders)
  • increase the turnover of parking to help visitors, clients of businesses, and shoppers to park
  • provide facilities for loading and unloading

Parking restrictions

Civil Enforcement Officers (formerly known as parking attendants) enforce these parking restrictions on Barnet’s roads:

  • yellow-lined waiting and loading restrictions including match day restrictions at Barnet (Underhill) Stadium
  • parking bays - e.g., resident, business, disabled and doctor parking bays
  • council-run public car parks
  • the London-wide prohibition on parking on footways, verges, etc.
  • a borough-wide overnight commercial vehicle waiting restriction
  • mandatory school keep clear markings
  • pedestrian crossing zigzags
  • motorcycle parking areas
  • loading places
  • restricted bus stops
  • parking in a car park when it is closed
  • re-parking in the same parking bay within an hour of leaving
  • parking adjacent to a dropped kerb
  • parking more than 50 cm from the edge of the carriageway if not in a designated parking space
  • using a vehicle in a car park or on the street to sell or advertise the sale of goods.

You’re responsible for checking all signs in or near where you want to park and must make sure that you’re legally parked before leaving your vehicle.

Officers patrol controlled parking zones and some busy main routes on foot, as well as by motor scooter across Barnet to provide a quick response to enforcement requests.

Civil Enforcement Officers don’t enforce restrictions on:

  • private land - this is a matter for the landowner
  • most housing estates
  • red routes, red route clearways, and parts of some side roads adjoining them - these are controlled by Transport for London

Dangerous or obstructive parking is a matter for the police.

Bus lane enforcement and CCTV cameras

You’ll get a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) if you enter a bus lane during restricted hours: Monday to Saturday, 7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm.

CCTV cameras record bus lane traffic during these times, which means you’re unlikely to get a PCN if you travel less than a car length in the bus lane.

Bus lanes on the A5 are enforced by the Council and are not on the Transport for London red route, this means that any exemptions Transport for London allow e.g. motorcycles are not valid. Please note that this includes all public and bank holidays with the exception of Christmas Day.

Parking fines

You can be issued with a Penalty charge notice (PCN) if you break any parking enforcement rule.

Civil Enforcement Officers use digital cameras to take images of vehicles that are in contravention. These images will be used as evidence in the appeals process.

You can view images of the contravention if you have the Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) Reference and the Vehicle Registration Mark (VRM).

Civil Enforcement Officers don’t have targets or incentives. They only issue PCNs to vehicles parked or driving illegally.

All officers wear uniforms with an identification number, and the words "Civil Enforcement Officer" and "Barnet Council".

Bank holiday and public holiday enforcement

Will be enforced (Yes/No)

   

Parking type

Bank holidays

Christmas Day

Across a dropped kerb

Yes

No

All council car parks

No

No

Bus lanes

Yes

No

Business bays

No

No

Disabled bays

Yes

No

Double parking

Yes

Yes

Double yellow lines

Yes

No

Footway parking

Yes

No

Pay and display bays

No

No

Residents' bays

No

No

Single yellow lines

Yes

No

Zigzag lines (white)

Yes

Yes

School markings

No

No

Bus stops

Yes

No

Loading bays

Yes

No

Contact

If you wish to report a vehicle parked in contravention you can phone the enforcement team on 020 3375 4242 during these times:

  • Monday to Friday 7am to 11pm
  • Saturday 8am to 11pm
  • Sunday 9 am to 11pm

Your call will be answered by officers who'll note the details and then contact an on duty Civil Enforcement Officer. We aim to respond to all calls as soon as possible, however, there will be times where we cannot reach the location as quickly as we would like. When a Civil Enforcement Officer attends the location and finds a vehicle parked in contravention we will issue a Penalty Charge Notice.

Please call the Metropolitan Police on their non-emergency number 101 outside these hours.

If you want to discuss a parking matter not mentioned on this page, phone the Customer and Support Group on 020 8359 2000 during these times:

  • Monday to Thursday 9am to 5.15
  • Friday 9am to 5pm

You can email the Customer and Support Group on first.contact@barnet.gov.uk

Complaints

If you want to complaint about a Civil Enforcement Officer or the service that we provide please email first.contact@barnet.gov.uk

Parking Enforcement Team

Hours:
07:00 to 23:00, Monday to Friday.
08:00 to 23:00 on Saturdays
09:00 - 23:00 on Sundays.

Outside these hours, please call the Metropolitan Police on their non-emergency number 101

Tel: 020 3375 4242

Barnet Parking

Address:
North London Business Park (NLBP), Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP

Tel: 020 8359 7446