Parking in London can be a significant concern when moving house, as the city has limited parking spaces and complex parking regulations. House Removals involves transporting your belongings from your old home to your new one. Limited parking space can make loading and unloading your belongings more difficult. If you can’t park near your new home, you might have to carry items a greater distance, potentially requiring more time and effort. Here are some important factors to consider when it comes to parking while moving house in London:
Permit Zones and Restrictions:
London is divided into different parking zones, each with its own rules and restrictions. Check whether your new location falls within a controlled parking zone (CPZ) or a residents’ parking zone (RPZ), and find out the specific rules regarding permits and parking hours.
Parking for Removal Vehicles:
If you’re using a moving truck or van, ensure that you have a plan for where the vehicle will be parked during the loading and unloading process. Larger removal vehicles can take up to 3 to 4 parking bays.
In London, there are two terms commonly used when it comes to parking permissions: parking suspension and parking dispensation. While they both involve temporary exemptions from parking restrictions, there are subtle differences between the two:
Parking Suspension: A parking suspension refers to the temporary lifting or “suspension” of parking controls, such as waiting, parking, and loading restrictions, for a specific period of time. During a parking suspension, the designated parking space or bay is reserved for a particular purpose, such as home removals, utilities work, building works, skip hire, or tree maintenance. It is important to note that a parking suspension requires the official lifting of parking restrictions in a specific area.
Parking Dispensation: On the other hand, a parking dispensation refers to a temporary exemption from on-street parking restrictions, such as single or double yellow lines, during a restricted period. A dispensation allows a vehicle to park in a specified location where the need for parking is proven, such as during a home removal or other essential activities. Unlike a parking suspension, a dispensation doesn’t involve the complete suspension of parking controls in a particular area, but rather provides an exemption for a specific vehicle in a specific location.
Both parking suspensions and parking dispensations are subject to certain regulations, fees, and application processes. It’s important to check the specific guidelines and requirements set by each London borough council when applying for either a parking suspension or a parking dispensation.
Visitor Parking: If you anticipate having guests or carrying out house removals, inquire about visitor parking permits or temporary permits for parking in the controlled zones. These permits can be obtained from the local council.
Loading and Unloading Zones: Check if there are designated loading and unloading zones near your new residence. These zones can be useful when moving in or out, as they allow you to park temporarily for short periods to load or unload your belongings. They are not suitable for larger removals as most have a time limit for loading/unloading.
Parking Fines and Enforcement: London’s parking regulations are strictly enforced, and fines for parking violations can be substantial. Parking considerations can vary widely from one borough to another in London.
Help With Parking for Your Removal
At Ois Removals, we maintain regular contact with the local council and relevant authorities for accurate and up-to-date information about parking regulations and permits in London.
With local knowledge of the parking requirements for removals in South West London, Ois Removals are happy to assist with parking requirements to avoid headaches and fines.