Parking penalty charges

Parking tickets issued by the local council are different to criminal fines, and are often called ‘penalty charge notices (PCNs)’. The council enforce the tickets through the Traffic Enforcement Centre in Northampton. Special rules apply to this type of parking ticket. They are a priority debt and you can find out how to deal with a parking penalty charge at Step 3 of our Four simple steps to dealing with your debts.

Dealing with your priority debts

See our fact sheet that tells you how to deal with these civil parking penalties. It is important to read this fact sheet if you have a PCN as there may be time limits you need to know about.

Use this fact sheet to:

  • work out your options for dealing with the penalty;
  • help you appeal a penalty if you don’t agree with it; and
  • deal with bailiff action for a penalty.

This fact sheet includes:

  • information about the fees bailiffs can charge; and
  • some useful contacts and links for you to get further help.

Fixed parking penalties issued by the police

Fixed parking penalties are issued by the police and the rules are different.

Parking penalty charge notices if you are not sure which type of parking penalty you have​.