Renfrewshire Council

Parking Dispensation

What is a Parking Dispensation?

It allows a vehicles to park on a single yellow line, (no dispensation is given to park on a double yellow line), in exceptional circumstances where the vehicle needs to be close to a specific location, for example; for carrying out building works that require continuous access to a building for loading or unloading goods or materials. This will need to be specified during the application process.

To apply for a parking dispensation, allow 10 working days for consideration of any dispensation requests. All applications must be made in writing to:

Renfrewshire Council, Parking Section, 2nd Floor Business Support, Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley, PA1 1BR

or by email:

Dispensations are not granted to aid convenience. You should determine a methodology for your work which takes account of the existing waiting and loading restrictions, including waiting limits and access times. In exceptional circumstances, such as when this is not possible due to physical limitations, such as having to undertake drainage works using equipment fixed to a vehicle, a dispensation may be granted.

Important - please note

  • Each application will be individually assessed
  • Applications are not considered for private vehicles
  • A parking dispensation does not guarantee a space at the agreed location.

Examples of what we give dispensation for?

  • When works can only be carried out by using equipment such as pumps which must be used when attached to a vehicle.
  • Allowing Removal companies to load and unload domestic or office goods and furniture
  • Utility services (Scottish Gas, Scottish Power, and Water) when a vehicle is actively engaged and physically connected to the works.
  • TV crews, but only for satellite broadcasting vehicles.

Examples of what do we not give dispensation for?

  • Any request to park on a double yellow line
  • Trades people who require a van for the storage of materials and tools. Subject to traffic conditions, we can give permission to exceed the maximum stay within a pay and display parking bay provided payment is made to cover the entire stay.
  • Private cars.
  • On Bus Stops, Taxi Ranks, disabled parking bays and Electric Vehicle bays.
  • Utilising pay and display bays for free. Anyone parking in a Pay and Display bay must pay for a ticket.
  • Vehicles carrying equipment that can be carried by hand.