Parking General Information

Car Parks

Important information about new parking charges from November 2014 

Please note that new parking charges are now in operation in most on- and off-street car parks and parking areas. Please check the tariff boards for the new parking charges.

The following car parks have not yet been updated and will be updated shortly.

Freshwater - Moa Place;

Newport - County Hall and Newport Harbour

Sandown - The Heights

Long-stay Car Parks

Long-stay car parks are located in all towns on the island and allow for stays of 24 hours from the available tariffs.  Additional days can be purchased by displaying the required number of day tickets side by side on the dashboard of your vehicle.

The tariffs can also be purchased using the PayByPhone system.  Instructions and location numbers are displayed on the ticket machines.

The all-island parking permit allows for up to six hours free parking.  The all-island permit plus supplementary permit allows an unlimited stay. 

For a list of long-stay car parks and tariffs, please click here (PDF, 89.16KB, 2 pages).

Short-stay Car Parks

Short-stay car parks are located near to town centres and allow a maximum stay of three hours. With the all-island parking permit, you can park for two hours

For a list and information about short-stay car parks, please click here (PDF, 89.16KB, 1 page).

Payment Methods

If you are not a permit holder you will need to make payment at the machines using either cash, credit/debit card (at selected machines) or the PayByPhone system, which has instructions and location numbers displayed on the ticket machines.

For more details on how to use the PayByPhone system, please visit their website.

Free Car Parks

The council operates and maintains a number of free to use car parks at various locations across the island. These are subject to maximum stay restrictions, which will be stated at the locations.

For a list of free car parks, please click here (PDF, 69.25KB, 6 pages).

Car Parks Location Map

To view where the island’s short-stay and long-stay car parks are, please click here (website).

Please note that Penalty Charge Notices (up to £70) will be issued for the following parking contraventions:

  • No valid ticket, ticket expired, parking permit expired.
  • Misuse of a parking permit.
  • Improper parking, misuse of disabled bays, misuse of motorcycle bays.
  • Not parked within a designated bay.
  • Any other violation of the parking order. 

Motorhome Parking

If you are visiting the island in a motorhome, please click here (PDF, 254.96KB, 3 pages) to view a list of car parks suitable for motorhome parking.  For an island map of these locations, please click here (PDF, 145.93KB, 1 page).