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Parking enforcement

  • Parking, roads and pavements
Find out about parking regulations and restrictions in Barnet by visiting our traffweb site.


Parking restrictions

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

  • yellow-lined waiting and loading restrictions
  • parking bays eg 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.

Civil Enforcement Officers

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, eg 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 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, Controlled Parking Zones
No
No
Single yellow lines
Yes
No
Zigzag lines (white)
Yes
Yes
School markings
No
No
Bus stops
Yes
No
Loading bays
Yes
No

Bank Holidays include New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May bank holidays, August bank holiday, Boxing Day, and Christmas Day. See full list of dates.

Contact

If you wish to report a vehicle parked in contravention you can phone our 24-hour enforcement line on 020 3375 4242.


Your call will be answered by officers who'll review your report and deploy a Civil Enforcement Officer where it is deemed appropriate to do so.

We aim to respond to reports as soon as possible, however, there may be times where we cannot reach the location as quickly as we would like.

In all cases, we will endeavour to deploy a Civil Enforcement Officer within a maximum timescale of three hours.  If the Civil Enforcement Officer attends the location and finds a vehicle parked in contravention we may issue a Penalty Charge Notice.

If you want to discuss a parking matter not mentioned on this page, phone the Customer and Support Group on 020 8359 7446 during these times:

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

Complaints

You can make a complaint about a Civil Enforcement Officer or the service that we provide online.

Why we have parking and traffic measures

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

  • ease congestion caused by inconsiderate parking
  • 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

Contacts

  • Barnet Parking
  • North London Business Park (NLBP), Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP
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  • Tel: 020 8359 7446
  • Email: barnet@nslservices.co.uk
  • Parking Enforcement Team
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  • Tel: 020 3375 4242

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