Pay your parking or bus lane penalty

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Pay your parking or bus lane penalty now

Appeal against a parking or bus lane penalty

If you feel you have grounds to challenge the PCN, you may be able to appeal the parking or bus lane penalty. For more information go to View evidence or challenge your parking or bus lane penalty.

How to pay online

Before you start make sure that you have your vehicle registration number and your penalty charge notice (PCN) number. The penalty charge number starts with BQ and is 10 digits long.

For parking contraventions this information may be found on your PCN:

For bus lane contraventions this information maybe found on your letter in the top right hand side text box.

Click on Pay your parking or bus lane penalty now to pay online.

Please note

If you have any difficulties accessing or making a payment using the online system we advise you to try again as faults are quickly resolved.

Click on Pay your parking or bus lane penalty now to pay online.

If you need to make the payment immediately please use an alternative method:

Other ways to pay

By telephone

Call 0345 145 0071

You can use your credit or debit card. Please allow one working day after the issue of the notice before making a payment.

In person

Take your PCN to any PayPoint or Post Office. Pay by cash only.

By post

If you cannot use any of the above methods, then you can pay by post. 

Send a cheque or Postal Order, made payable to 'Bradford Council' to Payments, PO Box 1249, Bradford, BD1 9YW.

Please include your parking ticket reference number. If you require a receipt, please include a stamped addressed envelope.

What happens if my case is passed to an Enforcement Agency?

Direct payment to the Council should not be made.

If your case has been passed to the Council's external Enforcement Agents you will be unable to pay and you must contact the relevant agent:

  • Jacobs: 0845 6012692
  • Phoenix: 0844 8243884

If a payment is made to the Council then you will still be liable for any costs incurred since the case passed across to enforcement.

How much do I have to pay?

If you contravene the parking regulations, you will get a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). Depending on the seriousness of the offence you will be charged either the higher rate of £70 or the lower rate of £50.

Bus lane contraventions will be charged at a higher rate £60.

The longer you wait before you pay the penalty charge, the more it will cost you.

If you pay within 14 days

If you pay within 14 days of receiving the PCN, the charge is reduced by 50% to either £35 or £25 for parking contraventions, and £30 for bus lane contraventions.

If you pay within 28 days

After 14 days, you will have to pay the full charge.

If you do not pay within 28 days

If payment is not received within 28 days, the owner of the vehicle may be sent a statutory notice known as a Notice to Owner (NTO), and they will have to pay the full amount.

If payments or representations are still not made within 28 days of the NTO, the Council may send a Charge Certificate and the cost of the original penalty charge will be increased by 50% of the original charge.

What will happen if I don't pay?

If payment is not made 21 days after receipt of the Charge Certificate we may register the charge with the Traffic Enforcement Centre (TEC) at Northampton County Court to recover the unpaid charge. This will add a further £8 in costs.

We may then take legal action against you which can involve using Enforcement Agents to recover unpaid penalty charges and there will be further costs to pay.

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