We issue parking fines (PCNs) to illegally parked vehicles.

If there are no parking restrictions, we will not investigate reports of vehicles parked:

  • across a driveway (unless it completely prevents access to a private property)
  • on a footway (pavement)
  • on a grass verge

If there are no parking restrictions, but the vehicle is causing an obstruction, you should report it to Essex Police online or by calling 101.

If you think a vehicle is illegally parked where there is a parking restriction, you can report it to us.

Before you make your report, you should consider the following information.

Has the vehicle been parked for less than an hour?

We have active officers patrolling the restrictions in the area who will enforce them if they observe illegal parking as part of their normal patrol.

Is the vehicle parked on a footway without a restriction?

We can enforce footway obstructions, but only if there is a yellow line in the adjacent road.

If there are no yellow lines in the adjacent road, we cannot enforce the vehicle.

If the vehicle is still causing an obstruction, you should report it to Essex Police online or by calling 101.

Is the vehicle parked on a grass verge?

We can enforce grass verge obstructions, but only if there is a yellow line in the adjacent road. 

If there are no yellow lines in the adjacent road, we cannot enforce the vehicle. 

If the vehicle is still causing an obstruction, you should report it to Essex County Council online.

Is the vehicle parked on private land?

We can only enforce vehicles illegally parked on the public highway.

Does the vehicle have previous parking fines attached to it already?

We monitor vehicles which already have multiple parking fines, as it may be abandoned or made aware to Essex Police.

Have you reported the issue/vehicle to us before?

We monitor reports on a regular basis and will provide additional resources to try and resolve more ongoing issues over a longer period of time.

If you have read the information on this page and are sure that the vehicle is illegally parked, you can report it to us online.

Report now

To report a parking issue, you will need:

  • your name and contact details
  • the location of the illegally parked vehicle
  • details of the illegally parked vehicle, including the registration number, make, model and colour

Once we receive your report, we will:

  • acknowledge your report
  • visit the location to investigate the report as soon as possible
  • report back to you on the outcome of our investigation

We do not operate an immediate response service, but we will attend as soon as possible.

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Last updated: 21 September 2022