Parking suspension - Reserve a parking bay

Due to the current situation relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, the council is having to reduce or stop services.

Parking Permit Centre 

The Parking Customer Service Team are not able to offer a counter service at present, the  online service and emails are currently unaffected.

The parking customer service phone lines will now only be answered between 9am-1pm

We aim to continue to issue parking permits, however it may not be possible, as swiftly as we would like, as council staff are having to prioritise essential services.  Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience, we hope to return to usual service standards as soon as possible.

We aim to acknowledge your email within 2 working days.

For details of how we handle the information that you provide to us, please read our data processing and privacy notices

Key Workers and Carers

We are making a number of concessions to key workers and carers to support their important work on a temporary basis.  We will be providing more information on this soon.

NHS and social workers

Following yesterday’s government announcement and guidance from the British Parking Association, we will be providing free parking for NHS staff and social care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. This will enable them to park in on street parking bays and council owned car parks without having to worry about cost or time restrictions.

These workers need to display a copy of their work identification (with any sensitive information removed) in their windscreen or, when parking in barrier car parks, buzz the intercom and show their pass.

This will enable them to park in on street parking bays and council owned car parks without having to worry about cost or time restrictions.

Parking Enforcement

Parking enforcement is operating a core hours service and is focussing on the more serious contraventions and incidents of obstructive or dangerous parking that could have a more significant impact on safety and traffic flow.

It is important to keep the city moving and ensure essential services and supplies can be accessed by people most in need of support.  We will continue to monitor the situation in line with government advice

A parking suspension is where someone reserves a parking space for a specific use. The normal parking 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 for a bay suspension 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 can't guarantee unauthorised vehicles will be removed. We have a tow truck available until 12pm and attempt to remove unauthorised vehicles before 12pm on the day of the suspension. Refunds will not be considered where a vehicle has ignored the suspension signs after 12pm on the day.

Please be aware, we cannot guarantee to carry out every suspension request. It's not always possible when there are major events in the city, such as the Brighton Marathon and the Pride Parade. We'll let you if your requested suspension is possible, and if not, tell you when the next available date a suspension can take place.

How much notice you need to give

We need seven full working days notice for standard applications, and three full working days notice for skip placement applications. If less notice is given, we will not suspend a bay. Applications received after 2pm will be processed the next working day.

For long term or large scale suspension requests, more notice is needed.

Bay suspension FAQ's can be found in the Suspension FAQs document at the bottom of this page.

Bay suspension costs

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

An administration charge of £30 (£15 for residents) applies to all applications. Suspension charges for utility works and long term applications vary, please see the table below.

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

Further information about charges and refunds can be found in the Bay Suspension Charges and Refund Information documents at the bottom of this page.

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 a skip licence from the Highways Enforcement team)
  • 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.

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