Residents parking schemes (Zones)

Residents parking schemes are generally used where parking by shoppers, commuters, leisure users or visitors prevents residents parking close to their homes.

These schemes aim to give people who live in a designated street a fair chance of parking close to their homes, but they do not guarantee a parking space. However, these schemes need to be managed and enforced and the permit charges have to cover the full costs.

Eligible residents are able to buy a yearly parking permit.

West Suffolk Council manages residents parking schemes in West Suffolk and the part of Babergh Mid Suffolk it is responsible for enforcing. We and also consider new requests for new or changes to residents parking schemes.

In Babergh and Mid Suffolk, Suffolk County Council will consider requests for new or changes to residents parking schemes.

Existing residents parking schemes

Residents parking schemes currently operate in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill. For more information visit Street parking, permits and visitor vouchers

Requests for new resident parking schemes

New schemes will only be considered where:

  • it can be clearly shown that there is significant and persistent parking stress in the area
  • the local community can evidence widespread support for the introduction of a scheme, and
  • funding is available and the scheme is financially viable and can be effectively managed and enforced.

To enquire about having a new scheme or extending an existing scheme, please contact West Suffolk Council email:

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