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Parking Enforcement Policy

​In 2003, we applied to the Secretary of State for powers to carry out Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE) as of 4 July 2004. The application was successful and the powers were awarded for enforcement in the borough. This meant that Rochdale Borough Council took over the responsibility for the enforcement of 'on street' and 'off street' parking areas from the police.

The notices issued are no longer breaches of the criminal law enforceable through the criminal justice system, but instead Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) are a debt owned by the Authority, enforceable through the civil justice system.

On 31 March 2008, the parking related sections of Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 were introduced and became effective. This changed the way in which parking enforcement was managed. One of the key changes of the act was the introduction of differential penalty charges to reflect the severity of the contravention. The Traffic Management Act 2004 allows the charges of £70, discounted to £35 for the higher value contraventions like yellow line waiting restriction, and £50, discounted to £25 for the lower value contraventions like parked without displaying a valid Pay and Display ticket.

Parking Enforcement Policy (269kb pdf)

P​ay your parking fine (Penalty Charge Notice​)

You can pay your parking fine using your credit or debit card, or by sending us a cheque or postal order.

Pay your parking fine


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Parking Services
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU