Yellow line dispensations

Single yellow line dispensations

We will issue a single yellow line dispensation for a vehicle to load or unload in locations:

  • where there are no suitable parking bays
  • when the vehicle needs to be very close to the premises

This includes:

  • glaziers' vehicles
  • mobile workshops
  • gas bottle deliveries

When you have finished loading or unloading, you must move your vehicle and park it elsewhere.

You can load or unload on a single yellow line for up to 40 minutes without a single yellow line dispensation but you must be loading or unloading continuously.

We do not grant any dispensations for:

  • cars
  • people carriers
  • four-wheel-drive vehicles
  • minibuses

Exemptions for constant use

You do not need a dispensation for some vehicles as long as they are in constant use. These are:

  • removal vans
  • scaffolding lorries
  • mobile asphalt mixers

Double yellow lines dispensations

Dispensations for double yellow lines or restricted zones can be given in certain exceptional circumstances.


Fees will apply for each chargeable day, per space required

The fees charged for a yellow line dispensation for applications submitted from 1 April 2023 are outlined in the tabled below.

Chargeable days

Fee per day,

per space

From 1 to 5 days


From 6 to 42 days


From 43 or more days


Each space is defined as 16 feet (or five metres) long.


Apply for a yellow line dispensation

To apply for a dispensation complete an application form and email it to: [email protected].

We only accept one vehicle per application.

This application form is not currently accessible but will be replaced with an accessible version by 1 May 2023.

You can also request an application form by:

  • emailing your name and postal address to [email protected]
  • call us by telephone on: 020 7361 4385


  • You must give us at least 48 hours' notice.
  • We can only issue a dispensation notice when we have the vehicle registration number.
  • We only accept one vehicle per application.
  • Our parking suspension officers check where your single yellow line or restricted zone dispensation will be before they can approve your application.
  • You need to pay your fee before we can issue the dispensation.
  • If you finish the single yellow line dispensation early you are entitled to a refund - we will work out the refund for each whole day from the day you return the dispensation to us.

Red routes

To apply for a dispensation to load and unload on a red route, contact the Metropolitan Police Traffic Wardens on 020 7321 8548.

Last updated: 31 March 2023