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Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) are areas where parking is:
- regulated into marked areas, or
- controlled by waiting restrictions (yellow lines).
This helps to keep roads free from dangerous parking. It gives priority to residents, local businesses and visitors, who must pay for and display a ticket, parking permit or parking voucher.
In areas where there is strong local support for measures to curb excessive commuter parking, Residents' Parking Schemes may be considered.
Bristol has three existing CPZs covering the central area of the city:
- The Central Zone covers a small area of the Old City north of Baldwin Street and east of The Centre to Broad Street/High Street.
- The inner Zone surrounds this and covers an area including The Centre, north to Upper Maudlin Street and Marlborough Street, all of Broadmead and Castle Park.
- The Outer Zone extends this area to the limits shown in pale yellow on the Bristol Residents' Parking Project area plan.
The operational hours of the existing CPZ are either:
- Monday to Saturday 8am to 6pm (part of the Outer Zone) or
- Monday to Saturday 8:00am to Midnight (all of the Central and Inner Zone and some of the Outer Zone).
A residents' permit scheme is already in operation in all these zones. If you live within the existing CPZ and have no access to any off street parking you may, subject to meeting the scheme's criteria, be eligible to apply for a Residents' Parking Permit.
On 15 November 2007 the council agreed to proceed with:
- the expansion of the existing central CPZs;
- the upgrade of the central CPZs to operate 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, to reflect the growth of the 24 hour economy; and
- commencing work towards the introduction of Residents' Parking Schemes outside the Central Controlled Parking Zones.
View the Cabinet Report of 15 November (pdf, 202 KB) (opens new window) for details of these proposals.
View the RPS Bristol Residents' Parking Zone Map (pdf, 7.3 MB) (opens new window) showing the area where residents' parking schemes could be considered.