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Civil Parking Enforcement

Civil Parking Enforcement powers in Suffolk, moved from the Police to Suffolk County Council on 6 April 2020, with the aim of driving down unlawful parking 

These powers have been passed down to district and borough authorities to enforce in their own areas, and in Ipswich it has been in operation since 2005.

We've included all the key information and links you need regarding our districts below.

What is CPE?

CPE gives local authorities, like ours, the power to enforce against illegal parking based on existing traffic regulations, aiming to promote better and safer parking.

This process means illegal parking becomes a civil offence.

It applies to both on-street parking (roads and highways) and off-street parking (public car parks run by the local authority).

Bad parking can impact local areas, delaying services such as waste collections. CPE plays an important role in keeping our roads safe and clear for priority vehicles such as ambulances, police cars, fire engines as well as our waste trucks and other road traffic to get through easily and avoid unnecessary delays, which in some cases may save someone's life.

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What are the benefits of CPE?

These include:
•    greater priority given to parking management locally, to help keep traffic moving
•    district and borough councils empowered to make local decisions in collaboration with town and parish councils on parking to suit their constituents and local circumstances
•    irresponsible and nuisance parking being enforced – supporting pedestrians, vulnerable road users, public transport services, drivers and emergency services to use the network more safely
•    fines associated with parking will be retained in Suffolk – so local towns and parishes can benefit from improved local infrastructure
•    new jobs created county-wide to support parking management, patrols and enforcement

How will it be managed in my area?

In our districts, Ipswich Borough and West Suffolk Councils will manage CPE on our behalf.

To give a rough idea of boundaries, Hadleigh, Shotley and Needham Market will be managed by Ipswich Borough Council and Sudbury, Stowmarket and Eye will be managed by West Suffolk Council.

Check which council covers your town, village, or area

Recently received a Penalty Charge Notice? Please use the links below:

You can still apply for a season ticket for our car parks, as well as find a list of the car parks we own, on our website.