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 mini-zone identification code are also erected on all bays throughout the borough and on pay and display machines.

Where are the controlled parking zones?

The borough currently has four main controlled parking zones (with mini zones within these):

  • Zone A: Bethnal Green area – six mini-zones.
  • Zone B: Bow, Poplar and Fish Island – four mini-zones.
  • Zone C: Stepney and Wapping area – four mini-zones.
  • Zone D: Isle of Dogs area – two mini-zones.

Our Controlled Parking Zones Map shows the boundaries of our zones and pay & display charges per hour per zone within Tower Hamlets.

Our online map viewer shows CPZs, as well disabled parking bays, pay & display bays, resident’s permit bays, business permit bays and motorcycle bays. 

Parking restriction times

Mini-zones A1 and A2

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

Mini-zones A3, B1, and the Chrisp Street area of B3

Restrictions apply Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.

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

Restrictions apply Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.

Mini-zone A5 

Restrictions apply on 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.

Mini-zone A6

Restrictions apply 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.

Mini-Zone B4

Restrictions apply Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 7.30pm.

Trinity Square area of C2,

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

Parking with a permit

A permit holder can park within their main zone for an unlimited period. For example, an A1 permit holder can park without time limit in A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, or A6.

A permit holder can park for up to three hours in any other zone. For example, an A1 permit holder can park for up to three hours in B1.

A public consultation on proposed changes to the B1 and B2 zone enforcement took place in October 2020.

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:

  • 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 scratchcard or cashless payment appropriate to that bay
  • your permit, etc is clearly on display so that all the details can be seen
  • 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: 12 May 2020.