Guidance

Take legal action against nuisance parking

When and how local authorities can take legal action against businesses for nuisance parking.

As a local authority you can take legal action against businesses if they:

  • leave 2 or more cars for sale on the road within 500 metres of each other
  • repair cars on the road

You can’t take legal action against:

  • private individuals selling their own car
  • anyone carrying out emergency repairs within 72 hours of the breakdown or accident

Issue fixed penalty notices

You can issue a £100 fixed penalty notice if you consider the offence to be a minor offense.

Prosecute an offender

For serious offenses, you can prosecute one of the following people:

  • the person directly responsible for the nuisance parking
  • the director, manager or secretary of the company that employs the person responsible for the nuisance parking

A magistrates’ court can issue fines of up to £2,500.

Prohibit selling on roads

You can ask your local highways authority to make a control order to prohibit a company selling good on roads.

If you get a control order from your highways authority, you can fine the offender £1,000.

If you give the offender a control order and they don’t stop selling vehicles on roads after 7 days, you can fine them £10 every day until they stop.

When you can’t get a control order

You can’t get a control order against:

  • shops
  • petrol stations
  • markets where a toll or rent is payable
  • lay-by refreshment stalls
Published 12 June 2015