Somerset County Council

Request a change to a parking restriction


We place parking restrictions on the highway to control how parking takes place. 

Parking restrictions  details all current and legally enforceable parking restrictions on our roads.

Parking on the highway can cause an inconvenience for other users, including emergency vehicles as it may create a hazard, cause congestion or an obstruction.

Parking Restrictions include yellow lines, limited waiting bays, bus bays, taxi bays, loading bays, no loading areas, school 'keep clear' markings, resident parking bays and on-street pay and display bays. A sign usually accompanies the road marking to tell you the nature of the restriction.

Double yellow lines mean no parking at any time and no longer require a sign to be enforceable, unless it is a seasonal restriction over a period of a few months. If it is a seasonal restriction, a sign will specify the restricted period.

The Highway Code lists many types of restrictions used on our roads.

If you wish to apply for restrictions or request a change to a restriction, there is a statutory process which has to be followed. The first step in this process could be made quicker if you gain the support of adjacent property owners or anyone else likely to be affected, together with the support of the Town or Parish Council. Contact us once you have that support. 

The process to implement parking restrictions includes advertising, dealing with any objections and sometimes involves informing Council Committees before decisions can be made. This may take up to 12 months before any work can be done on the ground. 

Any lining associated with a parking restriction will be laid in accordance with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016. If a pole and sign accompanies the restriction a Traffic Regulation Order will exist to make it enforceable. 

The legal process to make an Order is defined in the Traffic Regulation Orders Statutory Procedures Act 1996.


Contact: Roads and Transport Team
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

If there is an urgent problem outside these hours and it is a risk to public safety please phone the police on 101.

If you need to visit a highway area office you can find the address of your local office here.

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