Residents' Parking Zones

The expansion of on-street parking controls, including greater use of Residents’ Parking Zones (RPZs), are recommended in the January 2017 City Access Report (PDF, KB) to the Executive Board as part of package of measures to tackle peak-time congestion in Cambridge.

RPZs, also known as controlled parking zones, reserve on-street parking in residential areas primarily for residents only through payment of an annual fee.

The use of RPZs would help control commuter parking, further discouraging car use, and help manage displaced parking from the introduction of a Workplace Parking Levy.

What are Residents’ Parking Zones?

RPZs can be implemented by local authorities to control all parking on all public roads within a defined zone.

Parking is limited between certain times to households within the zone. Short stay pay and display can also be used to meet the needs of local businesses.

How do they work?

Residents within an RPZ, who need a public parking space close to where they live, can opt to pay an annual fee to the local authority for permission to park within the zone.

People without a permit are not allowed to park in the zone and can be subject to a fine if they do.

Residents can also apply for permits for visitors to use these spaces.

In addition, residents who are elderly or infirm and requiring regular visits from medical/support  professionals or relatives may apply for a free permit.

A number of RPZs, introduced at the request of the local community, currently operate successfully in Cambridge.

Under present policy, an RPZ is only introduced with sufficient support from the local community led by the local councillor/s. This policy is under review.

Next steps

The responsibility for delivery of RPZs sits with the Cambridge Joint Area Committee and the County Council is responsible for the strategy.

Find more information about RPZs  in Cambridge and their administration and read our Quick Guide .