Pay and display car parks and on-street bays
In response to the latest Covid-19 restrictions Dartford Borough Council has suspended parking charges in all of its pay and display car parks. The step is designed to assist shoppers making journeys for essential supplies and also provide options for residents in streets where additional day time car parking pressures arises from more neighbours working from home.
The conditions applying to Resident Parking Schemes have also been relaxed to reflect the likelihood of more family members working from home. Whilst parking not linked to households within the scheme will continue to be prohibited, visitor permits issued to local residents who are part of the scheme will not be subject to daily renewal or expiry. A single visitor permit may be deployed on a vehicle until further notice.
Our adoption of these common-sense operational arrangements does not mean that traffic regulations and orders have been suspended. The council will enforce regulations if parking behaviours impact upon the safety or convenience of other road users or pedestrians. By working together and parking sensibly we can keep each other safe.
The steps we have taken mean that frontline NHS and healthcare staff, along with community volunteers and responders engaged in Covid-19 support activity, should find parking easier. In the unlikely event of a penalty being issued to anyone in this cohort they should contact Parking Services via the information on the ticket for us to review and resolve.
All of the Council's parking areas are patrolled in order to ensure they operate as intended, especially for short stay parking areas where the spaces are used by many vehicles throughout the course of a day.
Drivers should follow these simple rules in order to avoid receiving a parking fine (PCN):
- Park vehicles wholly within marked bays
- During the signed times, purchase a ticket from the pay-and-display machine and place it on the dashboard with the relevant price paid and expiry time legible through the windscreen
- Register your parking event with Ringo, the Council's cashless parking service
- Use the Ringo Mobile Phone App
- Blue Badge holders are able to park for up to three hours without charge as long as their Blue Badge is valid and displayed correctly with the parking clock set at the time of arrival
- Some car parks have areas/bays designated for specific vehicle types and only those vehicle types may park in those areas/bays
Self-adhesive pay-and-display ticket holders are available from the Civic Centre for £1.00 each and these will assist in the correct displaying of a valid pay-and-display ticket.
Season Tickets are available for £60 per month in monthly intervals up to a maximum of twelve months. Season Tickets are available for the Council's car parks in Overy Street and at Acacia Car Park and provide significant cost savings for regular users. Acacia Car Park is a gated facility and the gate is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Apply for a Season Ticket using the Council's permit application service
Civic Centre Car Park
The Civic Centre car park is barrier controlled and is open to members of the public: Mondays to Fridays 5pm to 9pm; Saturdays 6am to 9pm; and Sundays 2pm to 6pm.