Paid parking bays (formerly known as Pay and display bays)

Find out what paid parking bays are for, when you can use them and answers to frequently asked questions.

limited stay pay and display sign

What paid parking bays are for

Paid parking bays provide wide access to all parts of the city for different motorists.

    Can I park in a paid parking bay?

    Paid parking bays are for vehicles with either a:

    • pay and display ticket bought from one of the pay and display machines by the bays on the street
    • valid PaybyPhone session

    When you buy a ticket from a pay and display machine, make sure that:

    • the ticket is valid
    • the ticket is clearly displayed so that the details such as the expiry time/date can be seen from the outside of the vehicle
    • the correct tariff has been paid
    • the vehicle is parked completely within the bay markings
    • the bay is not suspended
    • you have not overstayed the maximum stay as stated on the sign on the street

    When you pay for a PaybyPhone session, make sure that:

    • the parking session is valid for the correct date and time of the stay (tariffs will be calculated automatically)
    • the vehicle is parked completely within the bay markings
    • the bay is not suspended
    • you have not overstayed the maximum stay as stated on the sign on the street

    You can also park in a paid parking bay with a traders permit.

    Can I park a motorcycle in a paid parking bay?

    You cannot park in a paid parking bay with a motorcycle.

    We provide free motorcycle parking throughout the city and you should leave your motorcycle in one of these bays.

    Can I park a trike in a paid parking bay?

    You can park a trike in a paid parking bay. If you use a pay and display machine, make sure you have somewhere secure to display the ticket so that it cannot easily fall off or be taken.

    How much does it cost to park in a paid parking bay?

    The cost of parking in paid parking  bays varies by location. This is due to the different demands on parking spaces.

    How do I know what the restrictions are?

    The sign on the street will tell you this. If no times are shown the bay operates at all times, 24 hours a day and every day.

    I have received a penalty charge notice when parking in a paid parking bay, what do I do?

    You should check:

    • that you can park in the paid parking 
    • that you have displayed your traders permit or pay and display ticket correctly
    • the expiry time of your pay and display ticket

    You should then decide whether to: