Parking restrictions and enforcement

Information on illegal and obstructive parking, how to report it and how to apply for new parking restrictions.

Parking is changing from 6 April 2020. 

Parking enforcement powers will be transferred from the Police to the district and borough councils on 6 April 2020.

To find out more about this change, read our news release

Or, if you want to know more about how this may affect you, read our FAQs document (PDF, 110KB)

Parking in Suffolk is enforced by:

If there is a problem with illegal parking or vehicle obstruction, contact one of these organisations.

Suffolk Constabulary's focuses its resources based on an assessment of threat, harm and risk.  

For this reason, dealing with parking offences is a lower priority and complaints of illegal parking will not automatically result in police attending them. However, they would allocate a unit in a situation where there is a clear offence that poses a risk to public safety.

Where there is a particular issue with a particular location which is causing community concern, the Safer Neighbourhoods team will deal with it appropriately.

Parking problems

It is not possible to stop legally parked cars parking outside houses on a residential street, even if it is considered by some residents as inconvenient. We also cannot stop the increased demand for parking caused by local schools, businesses, churches or other facilities.

Parking which significantly obstructs the pavement can be dealt with by Suffolk Police or Ipswich Borough Council depending on the circumstances.

Illegal parking and obstruction offences

A vehicle is illegally parked if there are parking restrictions operating in the area.

Drivers of illegally parked vehicles may be issued a fixed penalty for parking:

  • on single or double yellow lines
  • in police, motorcycle, taxi or disabled bays
  • in loading or limited waiting bays

Drivers may also receive fixed penalty notices if their vehicle causes an obstruction, potential danger, or danger.

This includes:

  • blocking vehicular access to a road or individual property
  • causing a hazard (parking at a busy road junction)

Request new parking restrictions

Introducing restrictions which limit parking more than absolutely necessary could lead to a transfer of parked vehicles to other surrounding locations, so we have to take a consistent approach to the application of new parking restrictions. Only as a last resort will new parking restrictions be implemented, where other methods have failed and a specific site justifies this treatment. It can take up to 18 months to introduce new parking restrictions.

To request new parking restrictions, please contact the Parish or Town Council for the location as they will need to support any request for new markings.  The Parish or Town Council will need to identify a local funding source to cover the costs associated with introducing a Traffic Regulation Order which will enable the restrictions to be enforced, and the cost of the road markings and signs

If you are disabled, you can request for an advisory disabled parking bay outside your home to make it easier to park.