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Resident parking

Tower Hamlets issues resident parking permits to residents who keep a vehicle on a full-time basis within a Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs).

Disabled parking

Blue Badge parking allow cars carrying people who are registered blind or people who have severe walking difficulties to be parked near shops, stations and other facilities. Residents with severe disabilities may also be eligible to apply for a personalised parking bay near their home

See a map of disabled parking bays in the borough

Business parking

Businesses operating within a controlled zone area may qualify for business parking permits, as do appointed car club operators. There is a separate parking scheme for market traders operating at the various markets within Tower Hamlets.

Free weekend market parking

On Saturdays and Sundays, people are able to park free for two hours around markets and shopping hubs. Shoppers are able to take their two free hours during the controlled hours in marked bays where parking is usually paid for.

The free parking places are around areas such as Columbia Road, Chrisp Street, Roman Road, Brick Lane and many more. Map of parking zones where weekend parking is free (pdf 1.2Mb)

Car parks

There is a council-owned surface level car park with 30 parking bays (two of which are reserved for disabled blue badge holders) located at the junction of Roman Road and St Stephens Road, E3.

Maximum stay two hours – £3 per hour.

Open Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 6pm

The pay and display bays are not free for disabled blue badge holders.

Visitors to the borough can also use:

Alternative travel options

Tower Hamlets transport strategy encourages alternative modes of travel to private car use in order to reduce congestion and pollution and improve the health of residents in the Borough. There are a number of alternative travel options available to residents. Car clubs are a great option for those who need to use a car relatively infrequently, saving the cost of owning and maintaining a private car.

The borough also has a comprehensive public transport network: to plan a journey on public transport use TfL's journey planner, or find out more about public transport in the borough.

Finally excellent opportunities exist for anyone in the borough to get around on foot or by bike.

Important information regarding Penalty Charge Notices issued in Wood Close and/or St Matthew’s Row, E2

If you have been issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) in either Wood Close and/or St Matthew's Row, E2 for parking within a Market Trader’s Bay with a yellow line restriction within it during the last two years from June 1, 2012, you may be entitled to a full refund of the monies paid if you meet the criteria, subject to documentation evidencing the transaction.

In the first instance, please contact Shab Uddin via email with the vehicle registration, PCN number if possible and proof of payment showing amount paid, date of payment and name of payee to

This is solely related to these locations and is not setting a precedent for any other location or bay. If you have further queries in relation to this matter, please contact Parking & Mobility Services on Tel: 020 7364 5003