A controlled parking zone (CPZ) is an area where parking is restricted to specific parking places.
The controlled hours are shown on large signs as you enter the zone. All roads where parking is not allowed are marked with yellow lines. Where yellow lines apply at different times from the CPZ times, the restrictions are shown on separate signs.
How can I check CPZ locations in Croydon?
You can view an online map of CPZs locations in Croydon. Downloadable CPZs location maps, are also available at the bottom of this page.
On-street paid-for parking in a CPZ
Paid-for parking is available in all Croydon's CPZs. Parking is permitted in parking bays, shown as white boxes, providing a valid pay and display ticket is clearly displayed on the front windscreen.
Tickets must be bought on arrival from on-street machines. These accept 10p, 20p, 50p and £1 coins. No change is given. The maximum stay may be two hours, four hours or eight hours, depending on the location. Some bays are for off-peak parking only and are not available during rush hours. Please read the sign on the machine carefully.
You must pay for the full time you expect to stay as you are not allowed to return to your vehicle and buy further time in the same parking place. This offence (contravention) is known as 'meter-feeding'. When you leave you must not return to the same parking place for at least one hour.
Free or permit parking places in a CPZ
All parking places in a CPZ are marked as white boxes. They may be free, reserved for permit holders, or shared with permit and pay and display parking. Permit or pay and display parking controls and time limits are shown on the sign next to the parking place. Permits must have the same zone letter as the sign.
If signs indicate 'permit holders only', no one without a permit may park in the parking places during the controlled hours. These hours are shown on large signs on all roads entering the CPZ. Parking places begin and end with broken parallel white lines. Your entire car must be parked within these white lines, or it will be parked illegally. Any yellow line separating two or more spaces in a parking place is a loading gap. This means you can load and unload, but not park, during the controlled hours. See parking permits for details on how to apply for a permit.
Parking charges and restrictions apply on all bank holidays with the exception of Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Motorists are reminded to always park in a reasonable manner showing consideration to other road users and pedestrians.
Further parking information
You can find out more about parking in Croydon by visiting our where you can park and costs section.