Parking and no waiting restrictions

Information on parking and no waiting restrictions and what road signs mean.

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A single yellow line on the road shows a restriction that applies for part of the day and/or on certain days of the week.

The timing of the restriction will be shown on a sign close to the roadside.


Double yellow lines on the road mean that you cannot park or wait in the vehicle in this area at any time.

White dashed lines on the road denote an area in which parking is permitted in accordance with the restrictions shown on the nearby signs. A parking bay may also be denoted by a change in surface from the surrounding road, rather than by dashed lines.

Before leaving your vehicle, check the signs to ensure you are parking correctly.


Yellow marks on the kerb or at the edge of the carriageway mean loading and unloading is prohibited.

  • Two yellow bars mean loading is not permitted at any time.
  • A single yellow bar means loading is not permitted at the times shown on the nearby signs.
  • Loading bays are marked on the road and shown on signs where the bay does not apply 24 hours a day or restricts particular types of vehicle. 


Parking restrictions apply on Bank Holidays unless the signs state otherwise.

Any vehicle parked on a restriction on a Bank Holiday may be issued with a penalty charge notice.

Parking restrictions such as yellow lines also apply to verges and pavements. Restrictions extend from the centre of the highway to the nearest property line. Therefore, vehicles parked on a footway or grass verge behind yellow lines can be issued with a penalty charge notice.

Further information can be found on parking on pavements and verges.

You should not park in front of dropped kerbs or dropped footways and you should not double park nor park more than 50cm from the kerb line. In these cases, there is no requirement for any signs or lines to be marked on the carriageway to denote that parking is disallowed. Civil enforcement officers (CEOs) will issue penalty charge notices (PCNs) to vehicles parked in this way.

Officers will not enforce dropped kerbs outside residential or business premises unless specifically requested to do so by the owner or occupier of the premises.

The owner or occupier of the premises can contact the parking service by checking responsibility on Suffolk County Council's parking enforcement map and using the links below. 

All drivers should be familiar with The Highway Code. Another useful publication produced by the Department for Transport is Know your traffic signs.