Suspensions are when specific parking bays are suspended from normal use, to allow vehicles to park for an agreed purpose. An example could be a large parking bay required to allow coaches to drop off, park, and pick up their passengers for a one-off event.
While we can serve Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) to any vehicle parked in contravention of the suspension, we cannot remove any vehicles from the bay.
Dispensations are where a specific vehicle is allowed to park in a bay or on a yellow line for a defined period, without the need for a suspension. Dispensations will not normally be granted where there are loading restrictions or on clearways. An example could be a glazier’s van that needs to be parked on a single yellow line outside a property to install new windows.
Who can apply
Anyone who wants to park in an area where parking is controlled can apply for permission.
We must be satisfied there is a valid reason for the request, there are no reasonable alternatives for parking and it will not cause a safety or traffic issue.
There is a fee for these services, to cover our costs of approving the waiver and monitoring its use.
When and how to apply
Whenever possible you should apply at least 5 working days before the date you require either type of waiver to start. Applications received within 5 working days will be considered but cannot be guaranteed.
Phone our parking contractor on 01823 219035
To apply you must provide:
- the reason for the suspension or dispensation
- the location (property number and landmark)
- type of parking restriction
- number of suspensions or dispensations required
- vehicle registrations for each suspension or dispensation
- start and end date
- if weekends are included or excluded
Please make sure you have a debit or credit card to make payment.
How much it costs
Dispensation and suspension fees
- Daily £10 per bay (or equivalent)
- Weekly £30 per bay (or equivalent)
- Monthly £100 per bay (or equivalent)
A transferrable permit can be provided for monthly dispensations if more than one vehicle will occupy the space at different times during the month.
If you lose a Monthly Dispensation Permit
If a permit is lost, and had a Vehicle Registration Mark on it, please contact us for a replacement. There will be a £10 admin fee for a replacement permit.
Please note: where no Vehicle Registration Mark is included on the permit no refund will be given.
If you no longer need the waiver
If the waiver is cancelled before it starts a refund of the original fee will be issued less a £10 admin fee.
There will be no refund for daily or weekly waivers cancelled once they have started.
For monthly waivers cancelled after they have started, a pro-rata refund of any full weeks left to run on them, less a £10 admin fee, will be issued.
Contact the team
Contact: Somerset Parking Partnership
Address: Somerset County Council, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY
Phone: 01823 219035
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday closed