Waiting Restrictions and Controlled Parking


Waiting restrictions are indicated by yellow road markings at the side of the road. The most common are single and double yellow lines but there are in fact several different types, as explained below.

Controlled parking is indicated by white parking bays (dashed lines) at the side of the road reserving space for parking at specific times, parking for the disabled, for loading, motorcycles or residents.

To view the current controls and restrictions, please see our interactive maps of parking restrictions in Surrey.

Requesting new parking controls and waiting restrictions

You can submit requests for new parking controls or restrictions, or changes to existing ones, to your local parking review.

Single yellow lines

Parking is prohibited within the times stated on the adjacent sign plates.

Double yellow lines

Parking is prohibited 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Signs are no longer required for these lines unless they only apply during certain times of the year i.e. March - September.

Yellow kerb markings

Single or double yellow markings on the kerb indicate a loading restriction. Double kerb markings mean 'no loading at any time' and a single kerb marking means no loading within the period stated on the adjacent sign plates.

Bus Stops

No stopping except buses at any time or within the time displayed.

Taxi Ranks

Waiting and parking prohibited within the time displayed by any vehicle other than a taxi.

Goods Vehicles

Goods vehicles over the weight shown prohibited within the time displayed.

School keep clear markings

Yellow zigzag lines with the wording 'school keep clear' provided outside schools usually covering their entrances and exits. Waiting and parking is prohibited on these markings at all times or within the time stated on adjacent signing. Markings will either be advisory or mandatory (mandatory SKC markings will be identifiable by having adjacent signing).

Mandatory Cycle Lanes (MCLs)

A solid, continuous white line forming a cycle lane. Drivers are prohibited from parking on MCLs and from entering the lane whilst travelling along the road.

Types of Controlled Parking

Benefits of waiting restrictions and controlled parking

  • Protect visibility at junctions and pedestrian crossings.
  • Improve road safety outside or near schools.
  • Reserve parking for specific groups such as doctors, taxis and the disabled.
  • Increase the turn over of short stay parking spaces in town centres for economic reasons.
  • Prevent long-term parking around local shops.
  • Maintaining bus route and bus bay access at all times.
  • Provide long and short stay parking solutions.
  • Prevent parking of Goods Vehicles.
  • Prevent and control the loading and unloading of vehicles.
  • Prevent commuter parking in residential roads located near railway stations and town centres.
  • Prevent parking on bends, narrow roads and junctions.
  • Clear areas suffering from heavy congestion.


Any driver failing to comply with signed restrictions may receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). Enforcement is carried out by Civil Enforcement Officers employed by the local Borough or District Council.

Examples where a PCN may be issued

  • Parking on a double yellow line
  • Parking on a single yellow line within the time period stated on adjacent signing.
  • Parking outside of a marked bay.
  • Parking in a disabled bay without displaying a valid blue badge.
  • Parking in a 'pay and display' bay without displaying a valid ticket.
  • Parking on a mandatory school keep clear marking.
  • Loading goods by a footway marked with double yellow markings.

Good Practice

  • All waiting restrictions and signing must comply with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 (TSRGD 2016)
  • Waiting and parking restrictions should not be isolated from each other as this makes enforcement difficult.
  • End markings must be provided for all double and single yellow lines to clearly define the extents of the restriction. Any missing end marking should be noted and an order raised at the next opportunity.
  • Signs should be installed on existing street lighting columns and posts where possible.
  • 'No waiting at any time' signs should be removed at every opportunity in order to reduce street clutter, as these are no longer required.
  • A 50mm line width may be used where a 75/100mm line width would be environmentally intrusive e.g. in conservation areas. However 100mm lines should be used on high speed roads (40mph and over) and 75mm lines on all 30mph roads (excluding conservation areas).
  • It is important that the restriction is appropriate to address the identified problem. For example, "at any time" restrictions should only be used where there is a constant problem throughout the day and night or if an area needs to be kept clear for safety reasons.
  • Requests for new waiting restrictions should be assessed based on their affect on accessibility, congestion, the environment, safety and enforceability (proximity to existing waiting restrictions).


As Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) are required for parking and waiting restrictions, the highway authority must follow the consultation procedure set out in The Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 & The Local Authorities Traffic Orders (Procedure) (England & Wales) Regulations 1996. See Section 6 Consultation.

In addition, where parking and waiting restrictions are proposed for a residential area, we will consult with all residents who are directly affected by the scheme.

Impact on Local Transport Plan (LTP2) Themes


Improve access in and around town centres and other areas of high traffic by reducing the congestion caused by excessive parking.


Help keep roads free of parking congestion and help manage traffic.


Reductions in congestion result in fewer emissions. Waiting restrictions can be adapted to suit a specific parking problem without inhibiting local residents. Lines can be unsightly.

Road Safety

Help prevent parking in hazardous areas such as bends, junctions, crossing points and narrow roads.


Road markings are often required in large quantities and will need to be refreshed. Statutory companies are obliged to re-instate markings that are removed during excavations.