Parking fines and enforcement

We enforce parking restrictions on public roads and Council car parks in Cornwall to improve road safety, keep traffic flowing freely and ensure our car parks are being used properly. 

Most people park safely and legally, but for those who don’t penalty charge notices can be issued any time a parking or waiting restriction applies.  This includes on public and bank holidays and at night.  You can pay a penalty charge notice online.  You also can appeal a penalty charge notice if you think your penalty charge notice was wrongly issued.

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Our civil parking enforcement procedures explain when our staff issue penalty charge notices, how appeals are handled and more.

Devon and Cornwall Police’s flowchart shows who can deal with different illegal parking issues.  You can report issues in parking or waiting restriction areas to us using the contact details at the right of this page.  You can report police issues using the Devon and Cornwall Police contact form

Our civil enforcement officers can issue a penalty charge notice if you ignore parking and waiting restrictions like:

  • Double yellow lines
  • Single yellow lines
  • Loading bays
  • Bus stops
  • Restricted and residential zones

If there are no parking restrictions, we can’t issue a penalty charge notice.  However, if your vehicle is causing a safety issue or blocking the road or pavement, the police can remove it and give you penalty points.

Our civil enforcement officers can issue a penalty charge notice in our car parks if you:

  • Park without buying and properly displaying either a valid pay and display ticket, season ticket or parking permit
  • Park for longer than you have paid for
  • Don’t park wholly in a marked space
  • Park in a marked leased or reserved space that isn’t yours
  • Park in a marked disabled space without displaying your blue badge and clock
  • Park displaying a disabled blue badge and clock but don’t have a NIL tax disk or specially adapted vehicle and don’t display a valid pay and display ticket (see changes to blue badge parking from 1 October)
  • Ignore other restrictions displayed in the car park

If you park on the pavement and the road next to it has restrictions such as yellow lines, our civil enforcement officers can issue a parking penalty charge notice.

If there aren't restrictions on the road next to the pavement, we can only issue a penalty charge notice for pavement parking if there's a dropped kerb with a tactile surface.

However, if your vehicle is causing a safety issue or blocking the road or pavement, the police can remove it and give you penalty points.

We are a member of PATROL.  You can find out more about penalty charge notices on the PATROL website.