Decriminalised parking enforcement

Coronavirus - Temporary changes to Parking Services

Most Parking Services have returned to business as usual

Permit Parking Renewals

If your permit has recently or is about to expire please visit the permits page to apply for a new one as the temporary arrangements provided during the Covid 19 lockdown have now been withdrawn.

Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs)

Due to limitations on back office staff availability you will not be able to contact us by telephone, you can still use our online services to pay or challenge a PCN. If you have received a PCN you should use the online service.

Live issues - Contact details

We operate our main control room accepting emails relating to LIVE parking issues at parking@highland.gov.ukor calls on 01463 239786. This should NOT be used to challenge a PCN.


The introduction of Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) in the Highlands has ment responsibility for enforcing parking, waiting and loading regulations has transferred from Police Scotland to The Highland Council. The Highland Council has also received powers to uplift vehicles.

Money raised through the issue of Penalty Charge Notices will only be spent on maintaining the service. Any surplus is controlled and can only be used for traffic related projects.

Police Scotland are still responsible for reportable traffic offences on all roads, such as dangerous parking or obstruction. Read Police Scotland duties after Decriminalisation.

DPE came into effect on the 3 October 2016 across the whole of the Highlands

Annual Parking Account returns to Scottish Government

Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued to date

Live DPE Traffic Regulation Orders

On-street waiting and loading orders

Off-street car park orders

Notice of current parking tariffs, charges and fees