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Coronavirus: Parking

Last updated: 13 May 2020

Find updates on measures we're introducing to our Parking service during the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Selected parks and countryside car parks re-open

As of Wednesday 13 May, selected parks and countryside car parks have re-opened.

  • Leechpool and Owlbeech woods car parks are now open
  • Southwater Country Park Station Road car park is now open and charges apply. All other Southwater Country Park car parks remain closed

For more information about parks and countryside sites, visit the Coronavirus: Parks, leisure and venues webpage.

Free parking to alleviate congestion and help key workers

Free parking is available in all Horsham District Council owned car parks, except Station Road car park in Southwater, to help Horsham residents park more safely, support key workers and avoid road congestion during the Coronavirus situation. For residents who currently park on-street, within a Controlled Parking Zone, they now have the option to use our Horsham District Council owned car parks for free.

For current season ticket holders, or those who have pre-paid for their parking, Horsham District Council will extend their parking period accordingly.

This situation will remain in place until the end of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Dispensation notices to allow parking in any on-street bays

West Sussex County Council has also introduced a dispensation notice for £10 per vehicle which will be valid for 12 weeks, this is for people who park within a Controlled Parking Zone.

This dispensation notice is valid on any on-street bay, including pay and display bays and limited waiting bays, but not on yellow lines, taxi ranks, loading bays or disabled bays.

The same on-street dispensation notice will be available to NHS staff on production of ID at no cost. It is also valid for 12 weeks.

Any queries regarding the dispensation notice should be directed to West Sussex County Council on 0300 123 5000.

How to apply for the dispensation notice

To get the new dispensation notice, please contact Horsham District Council on 01403 215379 Option 1 or e-mail the parking team

Please include the following information in your email:

  • Your Full name and address
  • Vehicle registration number and make and model
  • Contact telephone number (so that we can take payment)
  • If you are applying for the free NHS dispensation notice, please attach a picture of your NHS ID

How do you plan to enforce safe parking if you have limited staff?

On-street parking enforcement will continue albeit with a strict focus on safety and ensuring the free movement of traffic, especially for the emergency services, carers and deliveries. People are strongly advised not to park on yellow lines, loading bays and clearways.

Civil Parking Enforcement officers have a key highway safety role in this - their duty is to enforce yellow lines/loading bays etc so that particular vehicles can still travel freely on the network and not have to contend with dangerously parked vehicles.

Parking season ticket holders

For current season ticket holders, or those who have pre-paid for their parking, Horsham District Council will extend their parking period accordingly.

Car park pay machines and touch screens

Car park pay machines are cleaned regularly, throughout the day, including the touch screens.

A way to avoid touching the pay machines would be to set up an online account. This payment method has no contact with an individual or machine and removes the requirement to queue for payment. Details of this and how to set up can be found at