District: Harlow


Harlow is a town located in the west of Essex and is situated on the borders between Hertfordshire and Greater London. A third of the District is made up of beautiful parklands and country walks through a medieval village and along the river Stort.

The North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) are responsible for administering and enforcing both on-street and off-street based parking across the Harlow District. The District provides a total of 14 secure public car parks and parking for more than 800 cars.

Harlow Car Parks and Tariffs

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Permits Available

Annual Resident Permits

  • First Permit (12 Months) – £43.00
  • Second Permit (12 Months) – £90.00

Visitor Permits

  • 10 Stays (24 Hours) – £11.50
  • 10 Stays (6 Hours) – £6.00

Carers Permits

  • 12 Months – £30.00 (Please call 01206 282316 for further information)

Traders Permits

  • 12 Months – £230.00 (Please call 01206 282316 for further information)
Blue Badge Information

Blue Badge Information

Resident or visitor permits are not required as a blue badge can be used at any time. Please see the car park tariff page for information on blue badge requirements within a car park.

The blue badge clock should be set correctly and clearly displayed on all permitted restrictions, which we highlight on our dedicated blue badge page.

The blue badge clock should be clearly displayed when there is an advertised maximum stay. Please read tariff boards and street signs for further advice. Blue badge holders can also refer to their blue badge scheme booklet.

Blue Badges are issued by Essex County Council Social Services. For any blue badge application queries, you can speak to their team on 0845 6037630 or apply online.

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About NEPP

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Latest News

Latest News

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NEPP calls on motorists to continue to park safely and considerately

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Motorists are being encouraged to act responsibly and observe safety and critical-route parking restrictions, as wide-ranging efforts continue to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

The North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) issued the appeal in response to a series of unprecedented measures announced by the Government in recent days to help tackle the impact of the virus, which has seen normal life put on hold for the foreseeable future.

NEPP’s traffic officers are already focusing patrols on safety-critical routes and areas, while relaxing patrols in some areas to react to changing needs. The key priorities will be to manage the safe movement of traffic and ensuring safe access for emergency vehicles and other essential services such as waste and recycling lorries.

NEPP has responded to the crisis by helping to maximise parking spaces in one-hour single yellow line restrictions where commuters might usually park, by relaxing those parking restrictions to enable home-working. Motorists must obey usual rules to avoid causing an obstruction and must keep access clear, especially for emergency and waste collection vehicles.

NEPP will also be contacting all Resident Permit holders, via their online account in MiPermit or other contact details on record, regarding a temporary extension to their permits.

It is also looking at NHS permits and how more parking space can be made available. NEPP recognises the role that NHS staff are carrying out and will be honouring NHS permits where it is safe to park. More details will be provided on the NEPP website.

NEPP will continue to provide help for anyone who contacts its enquiry line but advises callers that they may experience a longer wait than usual as we move to restricted hours.

Cllr Robert Mitchell, Chairman of the North Essex Parking Partnership, said: “The current reaction to COVID-19 requires an unprecedented flexibility to parking that NEPP is proud to demonstrate. I can reassure the public that our officers are here to help, as always, but will continue to do everything they can to ensure the safe flow of traffic and responsible parking as this situation evolves.

“Most importantly, I would ask everyone to keep calm and be reasonable. There are no excuses for careless or inconsiderate parking, and we are asking all motorists to park responsibly and considerately. The number-one priority is to maintain access for essential services, for the benefit of all.

“If you are self-isolating and required to move your vehicle because it is parked illegally, then you should expect to do so if you are well enough.

“We are working together to enable parking for residents during commuter restrictions where parking patterns have temporarily changed.

“Where reports of increased verbal abuse have been received, this remains unacceptable and will be reported using evidence from body-worn cameras, as per usual. Please let our officers provide their best service.

“The bottom line is: Park up but, when you get out of your vehicle, consider carefully to see if you could have done it better or safer – and then move your vehicle if necessary!

Christmas Operational Update

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We are currently operating our services on a ‘business as usual’ basis, taking into account the pre-planned festive disruptions. We acknowledge that parts of Essex are currently in Tier 4 whereas others are, as things stand, in Tier 2.

Civil Enforcement Officer patrols are continuing in all NEPP districts, both on and off-street and resident permit schemes are operating as usual. Resident permits and visitor permits must therefore be used at all times, including where signage does not state ‘except bank holidays’.

Our business unit, including our customer services, are operating on a planned reduced service as is the case each year. Telephone lines will therefore only be open on Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st December for customer queries before returning to normal operations on the 4th January 2021.

MiPermit will operate as normal throughout the festive period however their telephone lines will not be in operation until the 4th January. All other MiPermit services – including their app, website and SMS services – will operate in the usual way.

However in light of the tiered restrictions the Government is constantly reviewing, we will review all NEPP operations on the 4th January 2021 and provide further updates should additional operational measures need to be taken. Until this time, no further changes to our services are planned.

Parking charges suspended for key NHS workers

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PARKING charges have been suspended for critical health and social care workers.

Following an agreement with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) has suspended charges for key NHS workers.

The plan means NHS staff will not have to pay to park in council car parks or at the roadside whilst carrying out their frontline duties.

NEPP also plans to waive any fines received by health and social care workers while carrying out their duties over recent days.

Workers are encouraged and will be supported to appeal the fines, with supporting evidence from their employer.

Free parking will be in place until further notice.

Robert Mitchell, chair of NEPP, said: “Critical workers are doing vital and highly valued work, day and night, to support the most vulnerable in our society, save lives and keep our country running through this unprecedented crisis.

“The NEPP welcomes its role in helping key workers get to work – enabling them to park in on-street bays or council-owned car parks without having to worry about cost or time restrictions.

Click here to find out more about how NEPP responded to the Covid-19 pandemic

Patrol Update

We have been regularly reviewing our levels of enforcement since the imposition of the Government’s Covid-19 measures back in March 2020. All our patrols are being carried out as normal, however we have now suspended the enforcement of ALL single yellow line restrictions following a further review on the 19th March 2021. 

All other restrictions, including those within residential permit areas and car parks, are being enforced as usual. 

It is important to note that the single yellow line restrictions do still apply and that where any obstruction may occur, both NEPP and the Police may enforce accordingly.

Social distancing and other precautionary measures will always be practiced by our officers in line with Government guidance. Where necessary, postal PCNs may need to be issued for us to operate as safely as possible.

It is important we carry out patrols to ensure roads are safe and clear for all users – particularly emergency services, deliveries, waste and recycling collection vehicles and outside schools. We would ask motorists to be mindful of this and continue to park considerately, legally and safely to ensure the roads remain accessible and safe.

Patrol and Enforcement Update

We have been regularly reviewing our levels of enforcement since the Government’s Covid-19 measures were first introduced in March 2020.

On 8 March 2021, all of our patrols returned to normal, however we suspended the enforcement of all single yellow lines restrictions to allow more flexibility for residents working from home. All other restrictions, including those within residential permit areas and car parks, were being enforced as usual.

In line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown and as restrictions ease and travel increases, from 17 May 2021, we will be patrolling and enforcing all parking and waiting restrictions, including single yellow lines.

In line with Government guidance, social distancing and other precautionary measures will always be practised by our officers. Where necessary, postal PCNs may need to be issued for us to operate as safely as possible.

It is important we carry out patrols to ensure roads are safe and clear for all users – particularly emergency services, deliveries, waste and recycling collection vehicles and outside schools. We ask motorists to be mindful of this and continue to park considerately, legally and safely to ensure the roads remain accessible and safe.

Key Worker Permit Update

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We have reviewed the NHS and Key Worker permit scheme that has been in place since March 2020.

In light of lock-down measures easing and with Government guidance encouraging employees to return to their workplaces where possible, we have made the decision to end the current permit scheme and replace it with a new scheme specifically for NHS Key Workers. This will align our scheme with the pre-existing Government permit, details of which can be found here.

All current permit holders have been contacted to provide further details on this decision and for how to apply for the new NHS specific scheme.

We would like to thank all Key Workers for their continued dedication to the national response to the pandemic and we are pleased that our temporary scheme has been so popular over what has been and continues to be, a difficult time.

Temporary parking restriction to improve forest parking

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A temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) is being implemented by the North Essex Parking Partnership in High Beech in Epping Forest on 22 May to address on-street parking issues, deter non-essential travel to the Forest and support the Government’s current guidelines to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The new measures hope to improve visitor safety and prevent the obstruction of local roads by problematic parking, reinforce the byelaw of local verges and release police resources that were required to manage the situation.

The TRO, a Red Route marked with double red lines is a first for North Essex and will come into force on a number of roads around & within the Forest. Full details of the restriction can be viewed on the North Essex Parking Partnership’s website and on the county’s online TRO mapping system..

Red routes were first tried in London more than 10 years ago and have tougher, zero-tolerance approach to traffic violations. The red route is being introduced to stop drivers from parking dangerously on the road and verges, and prohibits stopping, loading or unloading, and boarding or alighting from a vehicle. This comes after a large number of drivers have been turned away after parking on the verges.

The new restriction will also support the City of London Corporation’s environmental and management plans for the area as well as resulting in reduced congestion; carbon dioxide emissions; noise and air pollution. Once the current non-essential travel restrictions are lifted, motorists visiting the area, will be able to make full use of the 52 free car parks throughout Epping Forest.

The temporary TRO period allows Essex County Council to monitor the scheme closely for 18 months. Before the end of this period, and if there is a need to amend the scheme, or make it permanent, a formal public consultation will take place, enabling members of the public to provide feedback on the proposals.

The restriction which will come in, in two weeks’ time, has been requested by a partnership of Essex County Council, Epping Forest District Council, Essex Police, and the City of London Corporation Epping Forest. North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) who manage on-street parking in the area, have actioned this temporary TRO on their behalf.

Councillor Robert Mitchell, Deputy Cabinet Member for Highways at Essex County Council and Chairman of the North Essex Parking Partnership, said: “We understand that this is an incredibly difficult time for everyone, but it’s important that we do all we can to protect our local communities and the environment. This TRO will keep the roads clear and safe for all essential road users and discourage non-essential travel under the Government’s current guidelines.

“It’s testament to our flexible team that we’ve been able to respond so quickly to our partner’s requests during this challenging period and we are confident that this temporary restriction will alleviate the dangerous and unnecessary parking issues in the area.”

Cllr Nigel Bedford Cabinet Member for Communities and Partnerships at Epping Forest District Council, said: “These steps to protect public safety are being supported by a range of partners including Epping Forest District Council, Essex County Council and Essex Police. I know these restrictions will not be popular with everyone but the vast majority of residents understand how careful we have to be at this critical time in the management of the Coronavirus Pandemic. With warmer weather and bank holidays providing the temptation to go out more, it is especially important that we do not risk the hard-won progress we have achieved in the fight against the virus.”

The signs and red lining for the route are being installed and are due to be completed next week.