Parking restrictionsLast updated: 12 August 2013 14:06 UK
Portsmouth City Council is responsible for introducing, changing and removing parking restrictions in the city.
For more information about parking restrictions, residents’ parking, permits or fines, contact us at Parking.
To find out more about Traffic Regulation Orders and double yellow lines, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 023 9283 4461.
What is a parking restriction?
It's something that stops, or limits, parking or waiting. Road markings or signs tell you about the parking restriction. Here are some examples of parking restrictions in Portsmouth:
- double or single yellow lines
- limited waiting area
- dropped kerbs
- part time or full time taxi rank
- residents' parking zone.
How do I find out about changes to parking restrictions?
The council has to consult the public before introducing or changing restrictions to on- and off-street parking. There will be an advert in the local newspaper, information on the council website, and yellow notices describing the proposed changes on lampposts in the affected area.
The yellow notices are in place for 21 days to give residents a chance to comment. Whether objecting to or supporting the proposals, comments must be made in writing, and the yellow notice tells you how to do this.
How long does it take to get a restriction introduced or changed?
Introducing or changing a parking restriction is a legal process, which takes between three and eight months. If, for example, the proposed Order needs to be approved by the council's Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, it can take longer.
Changing yellow line restrictions
The length of yellow lines can vary. For example, at junctions with busy main roads there may be eight to ten metres of parking restrictions to prevent congestion. In quieter residential roads, three to five metres is more usual to prevent vehicles parking up to corners and obstructing access and visibility.
Generally double yellow lines are requested by people living and working in the area and introduced for safety and traffic management reasons. Because yellow lines are introduced under a Traffic Regulation Order, they can only be changed by amending the Order. All Order amendments have to be advertised as described above. It isn’t as easy as hiring a contractor to extend or remove yellow lines.
If you feel a yellow line restriction should be amended, you need to write to us about it. A council officer will visit the area and a proposed Order may be put forward to change the restriction. If there are no objections, the proposed Order is likely to be approved. Decisions will be based on traffic management and road safety.
Parking across drive entrances
It is no longer council policy to protect access to private off-street parking facilities with double yellow lines, and most of these markings have now been removed.
You can pay for a white line to be painted across your property's entrance, to show other drivers that access is needed. Contact us at City Helpdesk to apply, or to report vehicles blocking your dropped kerb entrance.
Match day parking near Fratton Park football ground
When Portsmouth football team are playing at home, there may be additional parking restrictions in the roads near Fratton Park football ground.
The following roads may be affected along the whole, one side or part of their length: Alverstone Road, Anson Road, Apsley Road, Carisbrooke Road, Fratton Way, Frogmore Road, Goldsmith Avenue, Milton Lane, Rodney Road and Ruskin Road.
These additional parking restrictions are enforced three hours before a home game to one hour after the match. Look out for signs in the area which change from 'No Match' to 'Match Today' on home match days. The Portsmouth Football Club website shows the dates and times of all home matches.
Vehicles parked before the signs are changed are removed to a holding area, where they can be collected later without charge.
Vehicles parked after the signs are changed will be towed away by police and could receive a parking fine (Penalty Charge Notice). To get your car back, you will need to:
- provide proof of car ownership
- pay any Penalty Charge Notice (£70 or £35 if paid within 14 days)
- pay £105 to release your vehicle from the compound.
If you think your vehicle has been removed, phone Hampshire Police on 0845 0454545.