Parking zones and parking bays

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – parking

Crown Road car park in Grays is temporarily unavailable for public parking as it is in use as a coronavirus testing site.

We have suspended all parking charges for NHS workers and other visiting staff carrying out vital work in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Penalties will not be issued – nor enforced, if issued inadvertently – to anyone who parked safely without causing obstruction on crossings and zig-zags or restricted areas, if they can show they work for the NHS.

Online permit system

The online permit system is experiencing some technical issues currently. Whilst these are being resolved, please send all documentation to including a contact telephone number if a payment is required to enable us to process your permit application.

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