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Please note that our online payments system will be unavailable on Sunday 10 July between 9.00am and 11.00am. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Free parking after 2.00pm in our on-street and off-street car parks across the county - no ticket needed. This excludes car parks at Hardwick Park, Wharton Park and Riverside Park (South Ropery Lane, North Ropery Lane and the Donald Owen Clark car parks).

Controlled Parking Areas (CPAs)


Parking within the CPAs is restricted to permit holders between certain hours. Outside these times, parking is free to any drivers, including during bank holidays.

We have CPAs in Framwellgate Moor, North End, Chester-le-Street and Bishop Auckland.

Please contact us if you need a map of a controlled parking area.

Permit types

If you do not display a valid permit during the scheme times, you may get a parking fine (Penalty Charge Notice).

If you find you are not eligible for a permit, you may wish to consider using Co-wheels Car Club, a not-for-profit organisation that allows you to book cars in advance for personal use.

Contact us
Parking Services
03000 263 985
Our address is:
  • Room 4/117-122
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9GP