What is a parking offence?
A parking offence can consist of:
- Vehicles blocking access to your driveway or dropped kerb
- Vehicles loading/unloading where not permitted, or at unauthorised times
- Vehicles parking incorrectly outside a school
- Vehicles parking where not permitted, or at unauthorised times
If you become aware of persistent or ongoing incorrect parking in Southampton, you can report this to us using the form below.
Vehicles exempt from parking restrictions
There are some vehicles that are exempt from the parking restrictions or have permission to park in certain bays. These vehicles will usually have either a permit, badge or ticket on display. Check a vehicle for this before you report it as incorrectly parked.
Vehicles parked dangerously or causing an obstruction
We cannot issue fines to vehicles parked dangerously or causing an obstruction where there is no parking restriction. For example, if a vehicle has been parked at a junction and is creating a hazard to other motorists or pedestrians. These vehicles can only be dealt with by the police. Contact Hampshire Constabulary by calling 101.
We use a camera car to address incorrect parking outside schools and bus stops where motorists are putting the safety of others at risk and causing unnecessary congestion. This forms part of a wider programme of measures to improve road safety around schools, the reliability and punctuality of public transport, and reduce congestion.
What we'll need to know:
- Vehicle make, model, colour and registration
- Day(s) and times of problem
- Exact location such as the street name/property number
- Type of contravention that has occurred
- Any photos of the vehicle parking incorrectly
Report a parking offence
What happens next?
Subject to available resources, a civil enforcement officer will go and assess, and if a vehicle is parked in contravention of a parking restriction, a penalty charge notice may be issued.
If you suspect that the vehicle has been abandoned (i.e. a vehicle that has been in the same location for eight weeks and at least one month out of tax), you can find out more information on reporting an abandoned vehicle.
CCTV enforcement vehicles
We also use a camera car to address incorrect parking outside schools and bus stops where motorists are putting the safety of others at risk and causing unnecessary congestion. This forms part of a wider programme of measures to improve road safety around schools, the reliability and punctuality of public transport, and reduce congestion.
Where does the CCTV vehicle operate?
We have identified problem areas including:
- Roads with yellow zigzag markings (school keep clear markings)
- Bus stops
How does the CCTV camera enforcement work?
The CCTV enforcement vehicle is driven by trained operatives who are experienced civil enforcement officers. The vehicle is clearly marked with CCTV enforcement and council logos.
Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras will record any vehicles parked incorrectly. This footage is reviewed and an independent officer will determine if a parking contravention has occurred.
If a parking contravention has occurred, a penalty charge notice is sent to the address of the registered keeper of the vehicle. This will be sent by post within 28 days of the date of the alleged parking contravention. Find out more about paying and challenging parking fines.