Pay-and-display machine guide

In 2017, the council replaced all of its old coin-operated pay-and-display machines.

The new machines are user friendly, and have been well received. 

However there are some key differences between the old and new machines.

For example, it is now possible to pay for parking with a credit or debit card.


To help, we've created an easy-to-use illustrated guide, which explains – among other things:

  • the different ways to pay;
  • what you can do if a machine appears to be faulty;
  • answers to a variety of commonly asked questions.

Pay-and-display user guide – complete version

Full version of the document. Contains all of the sections below, plus additional useful information.

Using Chip-and-PIN to pay for parking

Instructions on how to pay at a machine with a Chip-and-PIN card, i.e. inserting a card and entering a PIN 

Making a contactless card payment

How to make a contactless payment at a machine, i.e. using a card or smartphone to pay without entering a PIN 

Paying with coins

Instructions for making a cash payment

Other ways to pay: PayPoint and PayByPhone

Paying for parking without using a pay-and-display machine

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Answers to a variety of common questions and misunderstandings 


For the best viewing experience, we recommend saving the files first, and then opening them in a dedicated PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader.

While PDF files can be read in a web browser, we are aware that some of the links in these documents may not work correctly in certain browsers.

Where are the pay-and-display machines?

The locations of all pay-and-display machines in Brighton & Hove are listed on our machine location web page. Entries are provided both by parking zone and road name (in alphabetical order).


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