Residents’ Parking Zone

Information on the Residents’ Parking Zone

The Bear Flat Residents’ Parking Zone (Zone 18) has now come into effect, as of 24th April (see the Council website announcement here).  The zone will be enforced Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6pm.
This page gives information that we hope you will find useful.

Latest Information from the Council

2nd May – challenging parking permit allocation

If you are not able to buy the maximum two residents permits this will be because Parking Services  have assessed your property as having access to off street parking (either a garage or driveway) which is at least 2.5M by 5.0M.
If you believe your off street parking place is smaller than this you can let the Council know by emailing and providing pictures showing how long and wide your space/s are so Council staff can investigate.
If you cannot provide pictures, or your driveway is not a simple shape, then one of the team may need to visit your property to confirm the size.  If your driveway is easily accessed directly from the road staff may be able to do this without anyone being home; however, the Council will need permission from you to enter your driveway so we can do this.  Please note that if Council staff need to visit, you will be  contacted in advance for permission or to arrange a time.
Please be assured that Parking Services approach to appeals is pragmatic and will consider the shape of driveways and access to and from them when reviewing your appeals.

26th April – enforcement deferment

Due to a delay in erecting the signs required by the scheme the Council is deferring the enforcement of the new zone.
In order to ensure the residents receive the full annual benefit, all permits purchased to date will be extended by the appropriate number of days/changed to a revised start date of 7th May. Permit holders do not need to contact the Council, their permits will be automatically extended.
The Council will also refund trade stays, reallocate any visitor hours used between 24 April and today. Trade or Visitor permits will not be required until 7th May.
This only applies within Residents Parking Zone 18 (the Bear Flat  area)
The Council apologises to residents for any inconvenience this has caused

If you believe that you have been unfairly issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) you can appeal it on-line at or in writing (details on the reverse of the PCN – note that the Council does not accept appeals via email).

Purchasing Parking Permits
Permits are now available.
Details on how to purchase digital permits can be found here.
If you do not have an internet connection, you can still obtain digital permits from MiPermit by calling 0333 123 8008.  The line is available 7 days a week and MiPermit will set up your digital permits for you.
The Council has provided a short leaflet on ‘virtual permits’ which you can access here

Eligibility and Terms and Conditions for Parking
The Council has published detailed Terms and Conditions for RPZs, updated to include Zone 18.  You can find them at the following link:
Your eligibility for residents’ permits will be affected if you have a garage or other off-road parking.  This is detailed on the sixth page of the Ts&Cs, under Section 4.1 (sorry, they don’t seem to use page numbers).
If you wish to challenge a Council decision regarding your permit allocation, then you can email or call them on 01225 477133 and choose Option 4.

Single Yellow Lines
We have asked the Council to clarify the use of single yellow lines (SYL) across residents’ driveways. Here is the explanation (some wording changes have been made to make the explanation clearer).
The sign plates (when erected) will tell motorists the hours that they cannot park on the SYL. Parking over the line is permitted at other times. The single yellow line is an enforceable restriction and any motorist should comply with the restriction as signed, even if the vehicle has a valid permit for the zone.
If the restriction is a double yellow line it will prevent residents parking across their own drives in the evenings and on Sundays. Parking across one’s own drive is very common in areas where on street parking is limited and places additional demand for spaces outside of  RPZ  operating hours. The RPZ doesn’t change the status of ‘adopted highway ‘and other Highway and Traffic law still applies. Therefore motorists should not park across somebody else’s driveway  and cause an obstruction etc.

The RPZ Public Notice
B&NES issued a Public Notice in the Bath Chronicle on Feb 28th detailing the scheme. It will be operational from April the 24th.