Suspensions, dispensations and skips

If you need to carry out works or deliver heavy equipment, you can apply for a parking bay suspension or a yellow line dispensation.

To put a skip on the street, you’ll need to apply for a skip licence.

You can view our kerbside permission charges and policy too. 

1. Parking bay suspensions

Please note that suspension charges have changed from Monday 16 November 2015. Read more information

You can apply to suspend a parking bay for:
•    a removal van for a house or office move
•    skip delivery
•    building works
•    weddings and funerals

Apply for a suspension

You can apply by downloading and returning the application form below, or call 020 7823 4567 (Monday to Saturday, 8am to 8pm).

Download parking suspension application form (PDF, 272KB) 

10 working days’ notice is needed for a suspension request. Applications received within 10 calendar days of the proposed start date will be subject to a £20 short notice administration fee if the suspension is granted. 

Cost

For general suspensions the council operates a four-tiered charging system depending on suspension duration. The charges also differ depending on location. Where not delineated on-street, a ‘space’ is considered to be 5 metres in length.

Suspension duration Suspension charge for Zones A, B, C, D & G per space Suspension charge for Zones E & F per space
Day 1 £44 £48
Days 2 to 5 £48 per day £52 per day
Days 6 to 42 £72 per day £78 per day
Day 43 onwards £96 per day £104 per day

View a map of Westminster parking zones

If you require a suspension for filming or an event, please submit a full event/filming application online, or contact the City Promotions, Events and Filming team for help.

London Joint Utilities Group (LJUG)

Companies or operators who are part of the LJUG scheme are able to obtain discounted rates for parking suspensions. Applications need to be completed by post.

LJUG suspension duration Suspension charge per space
Days 1 to 3 £70 for the 3-day period
Day 4 onwards £55 per day

Download LJUG parking suspension application form (PDF, 266KB)

Major utility works, defined as being fixed timescale major infrastructure programmes where bays would need to be out of commission for more than 21 days can be considered separately. 

Large scale suspensions

If you need to suspend more than 20 resident bays, alternative parking spaces for resident permit holders need to be provided and paid for.

For the first 20 resident bays suspended you will be charged for the provision of 5 alternative resident bays. For each additional 20 suspended thereafter you will be charged for the provision of five additional alternative resident bays.

Suspending dedicated parking spaces

Unless absolutely necessary please try to avoid using dedicated parking spaces such as Disabled, Doctor, Diplomatic or Car Club bays. If a dedicated parking space has to be suspended an alternative parking space must also be suspended (and paid for) on a like for like basis.

Report an issue

You can report a suspension issue using our online form.

Cancel a suspension

If you wish to cancel a suspension you can email the Suspensions Department: parkingsuspensions@westminster.gov.uk.

Please include the suspension reference number in your email.

Should you require further information, please call us on 020 7823 4567 (Monday to Saturday, 8am to 8pm).

Refunds

If you no longer need a suspension or you’ve completed your work earlier than expected, you may be entitled to a full or partial refund. An administration fee of £20 per bay will apply if the suspension signage has already been installed.

You'll need to:
•    tell us by 2pm the day before the bay is not needed
•    call the suspensions team on 020 7823 4567 (Monday to Saturday, 8am to 8pm).

Return to service

If you no longer require your suspension for a domestic move, please place your 'return to service' sticker across the front of the suspension sign.

These stickers are designed to make space available as soon as a suspension is no longer needed.

2. Yellow line dispensations

Dispensation charges changed from Monday 16 November 2015. Read more information.

Parking dispensations allow you to park on a single yellow line (or in special cases double yellow lines) if a vehicle:

  • needs to carry out specific work
  • needs to be as close to the premises as possible for loading or unloading goods and materials
  • has no alternative parking space available

You can also apply for a single yellow line dispensation for skip delivery. 

Apply for a dispensation

You can apply by downloading and returning the application form below, or call 020 7823 4567 (Monday to Saturday, 8am to 8pm). At least 3 days’ notice is required.

Download parking dispensation application form (PDF, 187KB) 

If you are organising a special event or filming please contact our City Promotions, Events and Filming team before purchasing a dispensation.

Cost

The council operates a tiered charging system depending on dispensation duration. Applications can be for up to 7 continuous days at a time.

SYL dispensation duration Dispensation charges per vehicle
Day 1 £44
Days 2 to 5 £48 per day
Days 6 to 7 £72 per day

There’s no charge for weddings or funerals (3 vehicles only).

No refunds are given for dispensations.

Eligibility

You may be eligible for a dispensation if:
1. Your vehicle is too big to fit in a normal parking bay and you need to park as close to the premises as possible on a yellow line

2. You’re carrying out one of the following types of work or handling one of the following substances:

  •  carrying or towing a tar boiler
  • removal and loading of asbestos
  • carrying hazardous or dangerous chemicals for use at the premises
  • glass or window installation where a glass rack is fitted to the vehicle’s side
  • sand blasting or equivalent where cables or tubes run from the vehicle to the facade or inside of a building
  • a mobile workshop having equipment fitted to the floor of the vehicle (eg generators or welding equipment)
  • handling roofing equipment
  • handling drainage equipment

3. You need to organise one of the following activities (no charge applies in these circumstances):

  • funerals - 3 vehicles only (hearse and 2 family cars)
  • weddings – 3 vehicles only (main car and 2 family cars)
  • charity events (as determined by our Special Events Team)

3. Skip licences

If you want to place a skip in the street, you’ll need to apply for a skip licence.

A skip licence costs £78 (which can cover up to two skips) and is valid for 3 months.

Parking suspensions and dispensations

If you’re placing a skip in a parking bay or on a yellow line, you’ll also need a parking suspension or yellow line dispensation.

Please note that suspension charges have changed from Monday 16 November 2015. Read more information

Only one skip is allowed per suspension or dispensation.

Apply now

You can apply by downloading and returning the application form, or call 020 7823 4567 (Monday to Saturday, 8am to 8pm).

Download skip licence application form (PDF, 303KB)

4. Kerbside permission charges and policy

Following a comprehensive review of our kerbside permissions, approval was given for the council to increase and re-model bay suspension and single yellow line dispensation charges from Monday 16 November 2015, as well as to implement other kerbside permission-related policies.

What has changed?

General bay suspensions

There has been an increase in the charges for general parking bay suspensions, alongside a remodelling in the charging regime to a 4-tiered system of charges dependent upon duration. Charges are higher in parking zones where bays are subjected to the greatest parking pressure.

Suspension duration Suspension charge for Zones A, B, C, D and G per space Suspension charge for Zones E and F per space
Day 1 £44 £48
Days 2-5 £48 per day £52 per day
Days 6-42 £72 per day £78 per day
Day 43 onwards £96 per day £104 per day

View a map of Westminster parking zones

Single yellow line dispensations

An increase in dispensation charges in line with suspensions. Dispensation applications can be for up to seven continuous days at a time

SYL dispensation duration Dispensation charges per vehicle
Day 1 £44
Days 2-5 £48 per day
Days 6-7 £72 per day

London Joint Utility Group (LJUG) bay suspensions

An increase in the charges for LJUG suspensions and a significant remodelling in charging structure.

LJUG suspension duration Suspension charge per space
Days 1-3 £70 for the 3-day period
Day 4 onwards £55 per day

Introduction of charging for ‘Special Permissions’

All ‘special permissions’ are now chargeable at £66 per vehicle per day at a rate of 50% more than the general suspension and dispensation rates. The exception to this is for domestic and office moves on single or double yellow lines which, in line with traffic order exemptions, remain free of charge. Nearly all special permissions granted are for a single day.

Special permission duration Special permission charge per vehicle
Day 1 £66
Day 2 onwards £72 per day

Introduction of a £20 Short Notice administration fee

For suspensions booked within 10 calendar days of their commencement date.

Resident permit holder concession

Kerbside management concessions, which limit the issue of penalty charge notices (PCNs) to resident permit holders parked in suspended bays for the first 2 days of a suspension, have been withdrawn. The council will continue to attempt to contact the permit holder parked in contravention on the first morning of the new suspension, to request that they move their vehicle. However, should the vehicle not be moved after a reasonable amount of time, and by midday remains parked in contravention in the suspended bay, it may incur the issue of a PCN and may be relocated to a suitable alternative location.

Alternative bay provision

Amendment of the council’s policy of charging for alternative provision for large-scale resident bay suspensions from the applicant needing to pay for the provision of 5 alternative resident spaces for every 30 resident bay spaces suspended to 5 for every 20.

Bay size classification

Reclassification of bay size for the suspension of non-delineated parking bays, reducing from 6 metres to 5 metres.

When did it change?

All the above apply for applications made and processed from Monday 16 November 2015.

Why did it change?

The rationale and legal justification for each change is outlined in detail in the Cabinet Member report, but collectively the reasoning for the changes can be summarised as follows:

  • to provide demand and restraint pricing mechanisms to discourage and deter unnecessary suspensions, to attempt to reduce the number of parking bays that are taken out of commission, and/or, where a suspension must take place, to reduce the length of time for which a bay is suspended
  • to be more consistent with other comparable central London boroughs, where the policy approach has proven successful in reducing demand and thus ensuring greater uniformity across neighbouring boroughs
  • to align the council’s kerbside permissions regime so that charges are consistent, fair and consistently applied no matter what type of permission is required (ie suspension, dispensation or special permission)
  • to address recognised system and process flaws and inconsistencies
  • to help manage the increasing demands on our kerbside space and the impacts from further growth and development by encouraging the safe and expeditious movement of traffic and the provision of suitable and adequate kerbside parking facilities for all users
  • to help ensure that residents are not disproportionately disadvantaged when resident bays become suspended in their locale

Last updated: 25 May 2016
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