Parking zones and controlled parking times

A controlled parking zone, often referred to as a CPZ, is an area where the council has introduced restrictions on parking during certain times. These restrictions only apply to public roads. Other restrictions apply to private land and streets such as council estates.

When you enter a controlled parking zone you will see a CPZ entry sign, telling you the days and the hours that the restrictions apply to.

Signs displaying the restricted hours and the zone identification code are also erected on all bays throughout the borough.

Where are the controlled parking zones?

The borough currently has 16 controlled parking zones which can be found on our controlled parking zones map below.

Parking Zones in Tower Hamlets

Parking zones and restriction times


Restriction times

A1 and A2

Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm; Sunday, 8.30am to 2pm.

A3, B1, and the Chrisp Street area of B3

Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.

A4, B2, B3 (excluding Chrisp Street area), C1, C2 (except Trinity Square), C3, C4, D1 and D2.

Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.



Monday from midnight to 7pm, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8.30am to 7pm, Thursday from 8.30am to midnight and all-day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Monday to Sunday, 8.30am to 10pm in RESIDENT permit holders parking bays only in streets to the west of Brick Lane, otherwise restrictions apply Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 7pm; Sunday, 8.30am to 2pm.


Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 7.30pm.

Trinity Square area of C2

Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 5.30pm; Sunday, 8.30am to 2pm.


Traffic Management Order

Traffic Management Orders are legal documents that allow Tower Hamlets, as the local highway authority, to manage traffic and parking across the borough. Our Traffic Management Orders are map based and show the restrictions that are in place on parking and moving traffic for all of the borough’s roads.

Details of the restrictions that are in place can be found at Tower Hamlets Traffic Orders.

Parking with a permit

Your permit is valid all day in the zone that you live, for example if you live in A1; your permit is valid during the parking-controlled hours only in A1.

Permit holders of C3 and C4  can use their permit to park all day in both the C3 and C4  zones.

Your permit is valid in any other zone for a maximum of three continuous hours in a day. For example, if you live in A1; your permit is valid for a maximum of three continuous hours in any other zone.

Where to park during the controlled hours

When you are in the controlled parking zone, you will see a range of bays marked out on the road with white lines, with signs erected to indicate who may park in these bays. View examples of commonly used parking signs.

During the controlled hours, you can only park in a bay if your vehicle meets the criteria specified on these signs. Please note that on public holidays the controls on parking bays do not apply.

We have different types of bays to reflect different types of parking users, examples of these are:

  • resident permit bay
  • permit holders bay
  • business permit bay
  • permit and pay and phone bay
  • personalised disabled bay
  • car club bays
  • suspension signs
  • doctors' bay

Make sure that when you park your vehicle:

  • you are allowed to park in the bay you have chosen
  • you have the relevant permit, visitor voucher or cashless payment appropriate to that bay
  • your permit, etc is valid – for example, make sure the permit has not expired
  • your vehicle is parked with all the wheels within the white lines.

Where to park outside controlled hours


When the CPZ hours do not apply, you can park your vehicle in any bay, except the car club bays, disabled bays and doctor bays.

Single yellow lines

You can park on a single yellow line in a CPZ outside of the restricted hours, or the hours stated on any supplementary plates.

Parking charges can be found in the parking charges section.

Page last updated: 4 November 2022.