Parking waivers - suspensions and dispensations

Suspensions

These are when specific parking bays are suspended from normal use. To allow vehicles to park for an agreed purpose. An example of this could be a large parking bay required for a house move.

Whilst we are able to serve Penalty Charge Notices (PCN’s) to any vehicle parked in contravention of the suspension we are not able to remove any vehicle from the bay.

Dispensations

These are where a specific vehicle is allowed to park in a bay or on a yellow line for a defined periods, without the need for a suspension.

Dispensations will not normally be granted where there are loading restrictions or on clearways. An example of this 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.

Placing a skip on the highway will also require a bay suspension as well as a skip licence – for more information on this visit our roads and highways licences page:

There is a fee for these services.

When should I apply?

Whenever possible you should apply at least five working days before the date you require either type of waiver to commence. Applications received within five working days will be considered but cannot be guaranteed.

How do I apply?

Email our parking admin team at parkingservices@n-somerset.gov.uk

To apply you will need to provide:

  • the reason for the dispensation
  • the location (property number or landmark)
  • type of parking restriction
  • number of dispensations required
  • vehicle registration number for each dispensation
  • start and end date
  • if weekends are included or excluded
  • number of bays required. One bay is approximately three metres in length. A removals vehicle for example would require three bays.

You need to make sure the vehicle fits into the bay or bays completely. If parked dangerously or illegally then a PCN could be issued.

Please ensure you have a debit or credit card to make payment.

Fees and charges

Dispensation and suspension fees:

  • admin fee per request £20
  • daily £10 per bay (or equivalent)
  • weekly (7 days) £30 per bay (or equivalent)
  • monthly (per calendar month) £100 per bay (or equivalent).

A transferable 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 administrative charge for a replacement permit.

Where no vehicle registration mark is on the permit no refund will be given.

If you no longer need the waiver

If the waiver is cancelled prior to it commencing a refund of the original fee will be issued minus a second £10 administrative fee.

There will be no refund for daily or weekly waivers cancelled once they have started.

For monthly waivers cancelled after they have commenced, a pro-rata refund of any full weeks left to run on them, minus a second £10 administrative fee, will be issued.

Additional terms and conditions

  • suspension of a bay does not guarantee that the parking spaces or spaces will be vacant
  • payment in full must be received by Parking Services prior to any dispensation or suspension date
  • refunds will only be issued in cases where the signs and cones were not placed as requested
  • if you experience any problems on the day of the suspension please contact our parking services teams 01934 888 030 Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to 4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.
parking services

North Somerset Council, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare BS23 1UJ