Parking suspension - Reserve a parking bay

A parking suspension is where someone reserves a parking space for a specific use. The restriction on the sign no longer applies because the bays are suspended for a particular reason and can only be used by those who have reserved the bay.

Apply online

To apply online please complete the reserve a parking bay online application form

Payment must be made in advance by either a debit or credit card. 

We are unable to guarentee the removal of unauthorised vehicles.

Please be aware, we cannot guarantee to be able to carry every suspension request, especially when there are major events in the city such as the Brighton Marathon and the Pride Parade. We will let you know if this happens and advise on the next available date a suspension can take place.

How much notice do the council need?

We need a full seven working days notice for standard applications and three working days notice for skip placement applications. If less notice is given, we will not be able to suspend a bay. Applications received after 2pm will be processed the next working day. For long term or large scale suspension requests, more notice will apply.

How much will it cost?

The cost will be £40 per bay per calendar day for standard applications and £20 per bay per calendar day for skip placement applications.

New charges from 1 August 2019:

Councillors approved the new fees and charges for Parking Suspensions at the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee. Please see the committee report packs for 22 January 2019 and 25 June 2019 for further information.

The new charges will be applicable to all applications from 1 August 2019:

Application Type

Daily Charge

Skip Suspension - per bay per day £20.00
Removals/Building Work/Event suspension - per bay per day £40.00
Utility suspension, non central - per bay per day  £50.00
Utilitiy suspension, central zones M, Y and Z - per bay per day  £60.00


Long Term Application - from day 29 onwards

Daily Charge

Skip suspension - per bay per day £25.00
Building work suspension - per bay per day £50.00
Utility suspension, non central - per bay per day £60.00
Utility suspension, central zone M, Y and Z - per bay per day £80.00


Other Charges


Administration fee - 50% discount for residents £30.00
Amendment/Cancellation fee £25.00
Community Events with attendance of less than 15K - per bay per day £20.00 


What does the sign look like?

Parking suspension signA suspension sign is a bright yellow sign. It will say when and where the suspension is taking place. Please do not change or move the sign age because this will make the suspension invalid.

You can suspend a parking space for the following reasons:

  • moving house
  • a wedding car
  • a funeral car
  • to place a skip (you will also need to obtain a skip licence from the Highways Enforcement team )
  • essential works such as gas, telephone and water line maintenance
  • special events
  • photo shoots
  • filming

We cannot suspend yellow lines or unrestricted parking areas where there is no resident permit scheme or bays to suspend.

Can I park in a suspended bay?

You can only park in a suspended bay if you have booked the suspension. If you park in a suspended bay you may be relocated and a Penalty Charge Notice issued.

If you think your vehicle has been relocated for being parked in a suspended bay, please call 0330 0088 691 between 7am and midnight, or the police on 101.

How many bays will I need?

Each bay is 5.5 metres in length. You should ensure that you suspend enough bays to enable a vehicle to be parked or for the section of parking spaces that needs to be worked on.

Bank Holidays

We are not able to offer a suspension service on Bank Holidays

Taxi Ranks

Taxi ranks cannot be suspended in the same way as parking bays as they require a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order.

If you require the use of a taxi rank please email

I am using a different vehicle to the one identified on my application what do I do?

You should call us on 01273 296622 and inform us immediately. If you do not then this vehicle may be removed from the bay.

What happens if someone parks in the suspended bay?

Only vehicles that have been identified on your application will be able to use the suspended bay.

NSL, our on-street parking enforcement team, check suspended bays early in the morning, on the day of suspension. If a vehicle is parked there, they may be authorised for relocation, even if the vehicle is displaying a Blue Badge or they were parked before the suspension signs were put up.

The relocation service only runs until 12 midday and we cannot guarantee the relocation of offending vehicles.

How do I report a vehicle parked in a suspended bay that I have requested?

You should call 0345 603 5469 and select option 2 (leave voicemail message if not answered). Please ensure that you have the details of where the suspension is and details of the vehicle parked in the suspended bay.

The relocation service only runs until 12 midday and we cannot guarantee the relocation of offending vehicles.

What happens if I park in a suspended bay?

You may be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice and you are at risk of your vehicle being relocated.

Here are details of what to do if you have been issued with a Penalty Charge Notice.

If you encounter any difficulties or the enforcement of the suspension should be queried then this needs to be put in writing to us within 28 days of the suspension date.

Can I get a refund?

If you no longer require a suspension, you may be entitled to a full or partial refund. Vehicle removal is not guaranteed and refunds will not be granted for this reason.

 A full refund will only be issued in the following circumstances:

  • The suspension sign was not erected due to an error on the part of the council
  • If the suspension is cancelled by the customer in advance of the suspension being put in place. The suspension team must be notified by 12 noon the day before the suspension is not required. 
  • If the police cancel a suspension for security reasons.

Partial Refund

If the applicant has paid for a suspension for longer than becomes necessary, the applicant is eligible for a refund for the unused days. A refund is calculated based on the number of bays multiplied by the number of full un-used days remaining 

The suspension team must be notified by 12 noon the day before the bay is not needed. The customer should email the suspensions team at

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