Parking tickets and enforcement
If your vehicle is not parked legally, you could get a parking ticket, otherwise known as a penalty charge notice (PCN) or your vehicle may be towed away.
It’s quick and easy to pay online.
Pay by phone
If you want to pay by phone, 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 5pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturday (except for bank holidays).
Pay by post
Please send your cheque or postal order, made payable to ‘LBHF’, to
LBHF Parking Services,
PO Box 4666,
Worthing BN11 9FY.
Write your PCN number and vehicle registration number on the back of your cheque or postal order. If you still have the penalty envelope, you can use it to send us the payment.
Pay in person
You can pay in person at our customer service centre
Opening times: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. During busy periods there can be delays, so it may be quicker to do it online.
Less serious contraventions
The full charge is £80.
The discounted charge is £40, which applies if we receive payment within 14 days of the date of issue of the fine.
More serious contraventions
The full charge is £130.
The discounted charge is £65, which applies if we receive payment within 14 days of the date of issue of the fine.
See More about charges below.
Challenge a penalty charge notice
If you have received a penalty ticket and feel it was wrongly issued, you have the right to challenge it.
Help with your PCN - frequently asked questions about parking tickets.
For information about CCTV video footage please see View PCN videos.
Parking fines issued in London reflect the seriousness of the contravention.
There are higher penalties for those who commit a serious parking, bus lane or moving traffic contravention, compared to drivers who may have made a genuine mistake or broken the rules in a way that has less serious implications for other road users.
More serious contravention examples
£130 (£65 if paid within 14 days from the date of issue)
- parking in a suspended parking bay or a disabled bay without a Blue Badge
- stopping on a pedestrian crossing area marked with white zig-zag markings, or on a school keep clear marking
- parking or loading/unloading where these activities are prohibited (i.e. on yellow lines with loading restrictions)
- any moving traffic contravention, for example driving or parking in a bus lane, stopping in box junctions, driving the wrong way in a one-way street, ignoring a banned turn or directional traffic sign
- parking without displaying a valid permit or pay and display ticket in a shared permit/pay and display bay.
Less serious contravention examples
£80 (£40 if paid within 14 days from the date of issue)
- parking after the expiry of a pay and display ticket
- parking for longer than the maximum permitted time in a parking bay
- parking without clearly displaying a pay and display ticket in a pay and display car park
- not parking correctly within the bay markings
- idling - leaving your engine running while stationary.
Idling (leaving your vehicle engine running while stationary) creates air pollution and is usually unnecessary.
It is also an offence in law under the Section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988. We are using new powers as part of an experimental traffic order which came into effect from 1 November 2018 to fine motorists who pollute the borough by leaving their engines running. This is part of the council’s drive to help tackle poor air quality across the borough.
The council’s traffic wardens will now be able to issue a £80 penalty charge notice (£40 if paid within 14 days from the date of issue) to motorists who have stopped with their engine idling in parking and loading bays, taxi ranks, or any roads where waiting is restricted.
When the vehicle is parked up and stationary please switch off your engine to help clean up the air that we all breathe.
Other London-wide charges
- the cost to release your car from the car pound is £200 (in addition to the penalty charge)
- the cost of storage of your vehicle in the car pound is £40 per day (or part day)
- the cost of disposing of your vehicle is £70.
Lost your penalty charge notice?
If you have lost your PCN please contact parking services and provide your vehicle registration number. We will be able to locate your PCN number.