If you drive in Waterford City and County, you need to know the rules about parking. These rules are intended to help you by:

  • Reducing congestion and road obstructions.
  • Increasing the number of parking spaces available for use.

  • Where to Park ?
    You can park in the following places:

  • In any valid pay parking space using a Pay-and-Display ticket or disc.
    1. Parking in Dungarvan
    2. Parking in Tramore
    3. Parking in Waterford City
  • In a multi-storey car park.
  • In a private car park.
  • In any other location not included in the list of "Where Not to Park", as shown below.

  • Parking Charges
    The following parking charges apply in Council controlled carparks and spaces.

  • Schedule of Parking Charges 2022

  • eParking Facility - Pay by App or Online
    Waterford City and County Council has introduced Pay by App or Online 

    See the QR code on the side of the parking meter.

    Electric Vehicles and Free Parking
    For the past few years, the Council has permitted free of charge parking for electric vehicles in the public pay and display parking areas in Waterford.

    However following a review of our parking charges and given the significant increase in the numbers of EVs on the roads, the Council cannot continue to sustain this incentive.

    Accordingly public free parking for EVs within the Council’s pay and display car parks and streets will cease from 1st February, 2023.

    The Council will continue to operate free parking for EV and PHEV vehicles while charging at designated public EV charging points throughout Waterford City and County.

    The Council will also be facilitating a significant investment which will see 12 new fast EV charging points being delivered across the city and county during 2023.

    If you have any further queries in relation to this matter please contact our Customer Services Department on 0818 10 20 20.

    Where Not to Park ?
    There are several areas in Waterford City and County where you are not allowed to park. If you ignore these restrictions you could be issued with a parking ticket, or be towed away. Areas where you are not allowed to park include:

  • Double Yellow Lines
  • Single Yellow Lines
  • Parking bays reserved for people with disabilities
  • Loading Bays
  • Bus Lanes
  • Cycle lanes or tracks
  • Pedestrian areas
  • Bus & Coach parking areas
  • Bus Stops
  • Taxi Ranks
  • Other restricted areas
  • Double Yellow Lines
    No parking on a double-yellow line at any time.

    Single Yellow Lines
    No parking during the hours indicated on the street sign. This usually lasts from 8.30am - 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday.

    Parking Bays Reserved for People with Disabilities
    No parking at any time except where a valid disabled parking permit (blue badge) is displayed in the vehicle.

    Loading Bays
    No parking during the hours indicated on the street sign. This usually lasts from 7.00am - 12.00pm, Monday to Saturday. Vehicles with a goods tax disc can park in a loading bay for a maximum of 30 minutes while actively loading or unloading.

    Bus Lanes
    No parking or stopping during the hours indicated on the street sign.

    Cycle Lanes or Tracks
    For mandatory cycle tracks, no parking or stopping is permitted at any time. A mandatory cycle track is indicated by a solid white line. For non-mandatory cycle tracks, you can park for a maximum of 30 minutes while actively loading or unloading a vehicle. A non-mandatory cycle track is indicated by a broken white line. Cycle tracks operate on a 24 hour basis unless otherwise indicated on a time plate.

    Pedestrian areas
    A vehicle cannot be driven or parked in a pedestrian area during the hours indicated on the street sign.

    Bus/Coach Parking
    No parking for any vehicles other than a bus or coach, unless otherwise indicated on a street sign. The maximum stay for buses/coaches is also indicated on the street sign.

    Taxi Ranks
    No parking during the times indicated on the time plate.

    Bus Stops
    No parking at any time.

    Other restricted areas
    It is illegal to park in a way which interferes with traffic flow or obstructs or endangers other road users, for example:

  • No parking opposite a continuous white line.
  • No parking on a footpath (either partly or wholly).
  • No parking within 5 metres of a junction.
  • No parking at a pedestrian crossing or traffic lights, within 15 metres on the approach side or 5 metres on the other side.
  • Do not obstruct any entrance for vehicles, except with the occupier’s consent.
  • No parking at a school entrance.
  • No parking on a grass margin or median.
  • Small Business Delivery Permit
    The Council permits small businesses who do not have separate vehicles for personal and business use to use their private vehicle for limited deliveries to their place of business. The permit will allow the vehicle to be used in a legal parking space on a specified street adjoining the business premises only for a period of 30 minutes while actively loading or unloading, without the requirement to display a pay and display ticket. Only businesses in good standing with the rates Department are eligible for this permit. The permit costs €15 and can be applied for using the application form below.

  • Application Form - Small Business Delivery Permit
  • Council's policy on Commercial Delivery Parking

  • Why we have parking restrictions in Waterford City and County
    Parking regulations are designed to make life more pleasant, more orderly and more convenient for everyone by:

  • Eliminating obstructions and reducing congestion.
  • Improving road safety.
  • Increasing the availability of on-street parking spaces.

  • It is your responsibility to ensure you comply with the law and parking regulations above when parking.