On-street parking and disc zones

What are disc zone parking?

Parking discThe Disc Parking Scheme is in operation throughout Cumbria. It gives drivers the opportunity to locate a short-stay parking space, close to shops and the town centre facilities, while encouraging the rapid turnover of available parking spaces.

Disc Zones offer free, time-limited, on-street parking in Eden.

How to use a parking disc in a disc zone:

  • Display the disc clearly on the vehicle windscreen showing the correct time of arrival.
  • Check the disc zone signs - times allowed vary: 30 minutes, 1, 2, or 3 hours.
  • Ensure you return within the time limit to avoid receiving a Penalty Charge Notice.

Getting a parking disc

Shops in the town centre have parking discs to hand free of charge.

Email Customer.Services2@westmorlandandfurness.gov.uk and they will post a disc to you.

Visit Penrith Tourist Information Centre also has parking discs to hand free of charge.

Blue badge holders

Blue badge holders may park in certain areas on-street, see the information which came with your Blue Badge to find out where. When you park check the parking signs, as there are time limits on some on-street parking areas. In these parking areas you must display a clock disc.

Blue badge holders may also park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours. (Except where there is a ban on loading and unloading, or where emergency services need access).

Market days affecting parking disc zones

Appleby Boroughgate car park every Saturday

The disc zone in Boroughgate (between Low Cross and the Moot Hall) also becomes a market site and general parking will not be available from 8am to 6pm.

Loading restrictions

Loading and unloading time

Loading and unloading must be a continuous operation and can be done for as long as it takes to load or unload a vehicle. If the loading and unloading is being monitored by the Civil Enforcement Officers, and they don't see you loading or unloading, you could be liable for a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

You should make sure you are not causing an obstruction to other road users and pedestrians whilst in the process of loading or unloading. If loading or unloading heavy items, you should park as near to the premises as possible.

Loading and unloading is:

In general, loading and unloading is considered to be when a vehicle stops briefly to load and unload bulky or heavy goods that could not reasonably be carried to the same location.

Loading or unloading is not:

Delivering or collecting items that could be carried is not seen as loading or unloading. Stopping for some quick shopping, or to go the cash machine, is not seen as loading or unloading either.

Loading on farmers' market day

Penrith Farmers' Market is held on the third Tuesday of each month in Market Place and loading and unloading is not permitted during the market hours.

BPA Member of the British Parking Association

Last updated: Thursday, 13 April, 2023.