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On Street Parking

On Street Pay and Display

Parking on the street in Birmingham city centre, the Gun Quarter and the Jewellery Quarter is subject to restriction. All zones are operated on the pay and display system using ticket issuing machines.

On arrival at a parking area, which is marked at either end by a sign, a ticket must be purchased from a machine and be displayed in the front windscreen of the vehicle at the side nearest the pavement. Alternatively payment can be made by phone using a debit or credit card.

The charging hours in the Inner Zone are between 8am and 7:30pm every day (except Bank Holidays and Christmas Day). The charging hours for all other parking zones are between 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday. Motorists are required to pay the appropriate fee between these hours. The current parking charges can be downloaded at the bottom of this page and they are also indicated on the front of each ticket machine.

Parking is limited to a maximum stay of up to two hours in the Inner Zone and up to four hours in the Outer Zone and the Gun Quarter Zone, there is a mix of two hour maximum stay and four hour maximum stay bays in the Jewellery Quarter Zone.

Motorists are strongly advised to consult the plate on the machine for exact details of charges and charging hours which vary between zones.

Parking Bays / Areas Suspended

It is often necessary to suspend parking bays / areas to permit building development or to facilitate traffic flow in certain locations. Parking areas / bays will only be suspended for legitimate reasons.

As much notice as possible is required for arranging parking suspensions (at least 24 hours) and payment in advance is necessary. Large signs will denote a parking area suspended - "Parking suspended between markers - No Parking".

Vehicles parking in the suspended area may be towed away and the driver concerned will be required to pay the costs of removal and storage.

Penalties (On Street)

Motorists are reminded that where ticket machines are in use it is an offence to park without displaying a valid ticket. A penalty charge notice may be issued for the following reasons:
  • Parking without clearly displaying a valid ticket.
  • Parking after expiry time on ticket.
  • Parking with payment made to extend the stay beyond expiry time paid for on arrival.
  • Parking for longer than permitted.
  • Parking again in the same parking place within one hour of leaving.
  • Parking in a suspended parking place or space.
  • Parking a vehicle other that a passenger vehicle for up to 12 passengers (no trailer), a goods vehicle (no trailer), a motorcycle or an invalid carriage.


Reserved Areas Within Controlled Zone

Certain areas are reserved for specific uses, such as:

  • doctors only
  • loading bays only
  • police vehicles only

Unauthorised vehicles parked in these bays may be issued with a penalty notice and may be removed.

Parking Dispensations

This is permission to park on yellow lines or certain other parking restrictions where this parking is essential i.e. there is a compelling reason for the vehicle to be parked at the requested location and there is no suitable alternative legitimate parking available.

How to apply:

By Phone: 0121 303 7613 (Mon - Fri 8:00am - 4:00pm)

Applications for dispensations must be made at least 2 working days before the date when the dispensation is required and a charge is made to cover the Council’s administrative costs. This charge is to be paid in advance of the dispensation being issued.

What you will need to provide:

  • Full address of where the dispensation is needed
  • Registration number, make and colour of the vehicle being used
  • Detailed reason for needing the dispensation
  • Date(s) when dispensation needed
  • Your contact details (telephone number and e-mail address)
  • Your debit/credit card details (alternative payment methods are available on request)


Dispensations will be charged at £11.50 per vehicle per day unless it can be demonstrated that there is a repeated requirement for the vehicle to park in the same location more than twice. In this case a dispensation may be issued for a longer period of up to 3 months at a charge of £32.00 per vehicle.

The charge will not apply to dispensations issued for funerals or charity events.

Note: In all cases, the granting of a dispensation will be at the discretion of the Traffic Manager having taken into account the impact that granting the dispensation would have on traffic.