If your vehicle is not parked legally, you may be issued with a parking ticket or penalty charge notice (PCN).
Your vehicle could also be towed away to the car pound. You have the right to make representations against enforcement action, and the process is slightly different according to how your vehicle has been dealt with.
The council's powers of enforcement originate from the Road Traffic Act of 1991, which decriminalised parking offences and transferred the responsibility for enforcement from the Police to local authorities.
From 1st July, 2007 two rates of penalty charge rates apply. The rate will depend on the seriousness of the parking contravention:
For "less serious" contraventions:
The full charge is £80 (for all PCNs issued from 01/07/07 onwards).*
The discounted penalty charge is £40:
this applies if payment is received within 14 days of the date of issue of the PCN.
For "more serious" contraventions:
The full charge is £130 (£120 for PCNs issued on or before 14/04/11).*
The discounted penalty charge is £65 (£60 for PCNs issued on or before 14/04/11).
this applies if payment is received within 14 days of the date of issue of the PCN.**
How to pay
It is quick and easy to Pay online
Please call parking services on (020) 7371 5678. We have a 24-hour automated credit/debit card payment service.
Help with card payments is available between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Saturday (except for bank holidays).
Please send your cheque or postal order to LBHF Parking Services, PO Box 4666, Worthing BN11 9FY. Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to 'LBHF'.
Please ensure that you write your PCN number and vehicle registration number on the reverse of your cheque or postal order. If you still have the envelope in which your penalty was served on your vehicle, you can return the payment to us in this.
PCN's can also be paid in person at the Pay and Park office see » Parking services - contact us for address and opening hours.
* If a charge certificate has been issued, a surcharge will be payable in addition to the full amount quoted above. The surcharge is 50% of the original full penalty amount. The charge certificate will show the amount due. Once registered at court as a debt, a court registration fee is also payable. The court registration fee is either £5 (for cases registered at court before 04/04/11) or £7 (for cases registered at court on or after 04/04/11).
** For parking PCN's issued by post for contraventions captured on CCTV (which occurred on or after 30/03/08), the discount period is 21 days from the date of the PCN.
Page last updated: 24/09/2012