Parking zones and parking bays

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – parking

The following car parks are in use as coronavirus test sites: Grays Beach on Thames Road, Crown Road in Grays, Gordon Road (Grover Walk) in Corringham, and Canterbury Parade in South Ockendon. Canterbury Parade car park is closed for parking, while others have fewer spaces.

Parking charges are suspended for NHS staff and others carrying out vital work relating to coronavirus (COVID-19). Penalties will not be issued – nor enforced, if issued in error – to these workers who park safely without causing obstruction on crossings, zig-zags or restricted areas.

Parking permits and controlled parking

A controlled parking zone (CPZ) is an area in which all space along the kerb is controlled either by waiting or loading restrictions, or by designated parking spaces.

A permit parking area (PPA) is an area of residential streets where parking is reserved for permit holders – a sign at the entrance to the street will show that parking is for permit holders only. PPAs may not have signs or bay markings within them. Sometimes there may be small plates to remind motorists of the controls in place.

CPZs and PPAs are often used where there is high demand for parking spaces. They give priority to residents, and offer short-term parking for shoppers and visitors. There are CPZs and PPAs at:

  • Grays
  • Tilbury
  • Purfleet
  • South Ockendon
  • Stanford-le-Hope

You can check lists of roads within each parking zone or area.

Parking restrictions do not change on public holidays unless stated on official signs.

Parking permits

We provide parking permits to eligible residents, businesses, healthcare professionals and council contractors for the CPZ in Grays, and the PPAs in South Ockendon and Stanford-le-Hope.

To find out more and apply for each permit type, go to:

When applying for any permit, be aware that:

  • parking permits must not be transferred or resold
  • anyone who knowingly makes a false statement to obtain a parking permit, or who sells a parking permit to someone else, may have their permit revoked
  • we do not send reminder letters before parking permits expire