If you are moving to or within London, one of the most important things you will need to consider is where your removal company will park their vehicle. Most London properties don’t have private parking or a driveway large enough for a removal lorry, and many roads have parking restrictions. Therefore, when you plan a move, you may also need to make temporary parking arrangements on moving day. Be sure to check out our guide below for all the information you need to know about parking in London.
Parking Permits for Removals
There are two different types of temporary parking arrangements available to movers in London – Parking Dispensations and Parking Suspensions.
A parking dispensation will allow your removals vehicle to park for a set period at a restricted parking location, such as a single yellow line or a residents parking bay. You can also get dispensation for some red routes and red boxes. However, a parking dispensation does not guarantee a parking space.
A parking suspension is a way to reserve a parking space that is only for the use of your removals company and not available to others. Parking suspensions are often needed in areas where parking is in short supply or where there are strict time limits for parking, such as controlled parking zones. Yellow warning signs are usually put in place approximately 48 hours before the suspension start date.
Each London borough has its own arrangements for organising parking suspensions or dispensations. For more information, you can check your local borough or council website. Links to all the London boroughs, where you can find more information on parking suspensions, dispensations and fees, are below for your convenience.
Parking Fees & Notices
Parking charges vary widely by each London borough, with daily rates ranging from as little as £25 to as much as £300 per day, depending on location, duration and the number of parking spaces you require. The most expensive boroughs for parking in London are Islington, Lambeth, Haringey and Hackney, while Wandsworth, Ealing, Merton and Kingston boast some of the lowest parking fees in the city.
Each borough will also require around 7-14 working days to process parking suspensions and dispensations, with some councils taking up to 17 days. Late applications can often incur additional short notice fees, which can make moving more costly.
Download our guide here to see the parking charges and notice deadlines for your area.
Fortunately you can avoid headaches over parking and fees by making us aware of the parking situation at your old and new property when you book your London move with us we can then work it into our quote at survey stage. When you select Burke and Wills for your London removals we can organise all of the necessary permits on your behalf. We can also calculate how much parking is required and for how long and work this into our fees. Whatever your moving needs are, we can provide a solution!
Check your London borough for local parking suspensions and charges:
When you select Burke and Wills for your London removals you can rest assured that you are in safe hands. Get a quote from one of our consultants today.