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 and penalties are suspended until 31 July 2021 for NHS staff and others carrying out vital work relating to coronavirus (COVID-19), who park safely without causing obstruction on crossings, zig-zags or restricted areas. From 1 August 2021, a NHS parking permit will be needed.

Visitor parking permits

If you live in the controlled parking zones (CPZs) in Grays town centre or Stanford-le-Hope, or the permit parking area in South Ockendon, you may be eligible for a resident parking permit.

You may also be eligible to apply for short-stay visitor parking permits to enable your visitors' or trades persons' vehicles to park in the zone or area.

Visitor parking permits are issued in sheets, each enabling 20 visits of up to 5 hours to be made. Up to 5 sheets can be purchased per calendar month.

The first sheet of visitor parking permits is free, after which the cost is £6.50 per sheet.

You can also apply for a visiting carers parking permit.

Apply for visitor parking permits

You can apply for visitor parking permits by email.

Your email must include:

  • your name
  • your address, including postcode
  • your phone number

You must also attach a copy of a document that shows where you live. This could be a tenancy agreement, or a recent (last 3 months) utility bill, bank statement, credit card statement or council tax bill. Documents may be scanned or photographs, but the relevant words must be clear to read.

Send your email to the address below. We normally process applications within 2 weeks of receipt.

Parking permits


You can use this email address for applications and enquiries about all permit types – resident, visitor, carer, business, NHS or contractor.

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