Civil parking enforcement (CPE)

We're responsible for the enforcement of parking restrictions in Derbyshire.


We manage enforcement across the county (excluding Derby city) in partnership with the eight district and borough councils − Amber Valley Borough Council, Bolsover District Council, Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Erewash Borough Council, High Peak Borough Council, North East Derbyshire District Council and South Derbyshire District Council.

Civil enforcement officers (CEOs) have replaced traditional traffic wardens and enforce a range of restrictions. We manage the enforcement of on-street regulations, with the various district/borough councils managing off-street enforcement (such as pay and display car parks). Moving traffic offences, such as contravention of an Access Only Order, remains a police responsibility as the CEOs do not have the power to stop vehicles.

CEOs are responsible for enforcing:

  • limited waiting bays
  • double/single yellow lines
  • on street pay and display bays
  • residents' parking zones
  • Blue Badge bays
  • loading bays
  • bus stops
  • taxi bays
  • school keep clears
  • clearways
  • dropped kerb access (also police)
  • double parking (also police)
  • pedestrian crossings (also police)
  • car parks (with orders).

The police are responsible for enforcing:

  • double white lines
  • obstruction − for example, pavements with no parking restrictions
  • dangerous parking where there are no restrictions in place, for example, on bends, brows of hills and junctions
  • dropped kerb access (also CEOs)
  • double parking (also CEOs)
  • one-way traffic
  • box junctions
  • access only
  • white-hatched areas
  • pedestrian crossings (also CEOs).

We have a limited number of CEOs and will identify problem areas so that our resources can be targeted effectively.

CEOs do not have targets to meet in regard to the issuing of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) and are not provided with incentives based on how many notices are issued. Money from fines is used to operate the service, with any surplus used to carry out improvements to parking and general traffic management.

Improved parking enforcement has several benefits:

  • ensures fair access to parking provision
  • improves turnover of parking spaces, providing better access to shops and services which in turn has local economic benefits
  • acts as a deterrent to inconsiderate and dangerous parking (such as on double yellow lines at a junction)
  • alleviates congestion and pollution by keeping the highway open for the free flow of traffic
  • reduces abuse of disabled parking spaces, leaving them free for genuine users
  • improves safety outside schools
  • aids access and response times for emergency vehicles.

Report problems about contravention of parking restrictions

For police related offences, please call 101.

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