Residents parking schemes are generally used where parking by shoppers, commuters, leisure users or visitors prevents residents parking close to their homes.
These schemes aim to give people who live in a designated street a fair chance of parking close to their homes, but they do not guarantee a parking space. However, these schemes need to be managed and enforced and the permit charges have to cover the full costs.
Eligible residents are able to buy a yearly parking permit which they must display in their vehicle when parked in designated parking bays.
Some schemes allow 2 permits per eligible household and some make separate provision for visitors.
Suffolk County Council administer a limited number of resident exemption permits, in addition to the schemes operated by local district and borough councils a list of these and how to apply can be found on our Residential and Business Exemption Permits page.
Existing Resident Parking Schemes (Zones)
For further details of existing resident parking schemes or to renew or apply for a permit in Suffolk please contact your borough or district council.
Residents parking schemes currently operate in the following locations and enquiries about their day to day operation should be directed to the relevant district council as set out below:
- Ipswich - Ipswich Borough Council
- Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill - St Edmundsbury Borough Council
- Lowestoft, Beccles and Halesworth - Waveney District Council
Requests for new Resident Parking Scheme (Zone)
As highway authority, we are responsible for the design, introduction and maintenance of any new or existing residents parking schemes. Subject to the availability of funds, new schemes will only be considered where a majority of eligible households in each street support the introduction of resident parking controls and if the relevant district/borough council agree to operate them.
To enquire about having a new scheme or extending an existing scheme please contact Suffolk County Council either by:
- email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or
- call our Customer Service Centre on 0345 606 6171
Enquiries will be passed to the relevant highways team for consideration and response.