Penalty Charge levels are aligned with the seriousness of the contravention.
A higher charge, £70 (reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days) will be made for unlawful parking which causes the most disruption and danger to road users e.g. parking on a yellow line.
A lesser charge, £50 (reduced to £25 if paid within 14 days) will apply to less serious parking contraventions such as overstaying a pay and display ticket.
How to Pay?
You can pay in the following ways:
- Online Payment Service: www.stockport.gov.uk/payments
- Automated Telephone Payments Line: 0161 474 4050 (Payments only)
- In Person (Cash or Cheque) at: Stockport Direct Centre, Fred Perry House, Edward Street, Stockport SK1 3UR
- By Post - see 'Related Contacts' for details
How can I appeal?
If you believe a Penalty Charge Notice was issued incorrectly, you can appeal using one of the methods below. Appeals must be received in writing and cannot be made by phone.
- Write to the Parking Manager stating the reasons you think this is the case. You should do this within 14 days.
- Appeal on-line by filling in the online form stating the reasons you think this is the case. You should do this within 14 days.
- Download and complete the Penalty Charge Notice Appeals Form (PDF) - see 'Related Documents'. Please post to the Parking Team - see 'Related Contacts' for details.
Please ensure the Notice number is stated on all correspondence.
The statutory grounds for claiming that the Penalty Charge Notice was incorrectly issued are if:
- The contravention did not occur.
- The penalty exceeded the correct amount.
- The traffic order was invalid.
- You were not the owner/keeper of the vehicle at the time of the contravention.
- The vehicle had been taken without your consent.
- You are a hire firm and have supplied the name of the person hiring the vehicle.
However, the Council will carefully consider any circumstances you wish to present. If the Council rejects your challenge and payment is not received within a further 14 days, the owner of the vehicle will be sent a ‘Notice to Owner’ (‘NTO’) which would invite them to pay the full £70 or £50 or make formal Representations to the Council - within 28 days of receiving the NTO.
If the Council rejects your Representations and you are not satisfied, you may wish to make a formal appeal and you will automatically receive a Notice of Appeal which will allow you to appeal to an independent parking adjudicator - the Traffic Penalty Tribunal.
Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) are issued by the Council under The Traffic Management Act 2004. The enforcement of waiting restrictions by Stockport Council will no longer lead to criminal charges and an independent appeal system is available to motorists who feel that the Council may have acted unreasonably.
The decision reached by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal will be final and costs may be awarded against either party.
For more information
For more information, please visit the Traffic Penalty Tribunal Website or contact the Parking Team t: 0161 217 6111 e:
For further information about the enforcement of parking by councils in England (outside London) and Wales that are in the Civil Enforcement Scheme, please visit the PATROL Website.
The council is a member of the Parking and Traffic Regulations Outside London (PATROL) Adjudication Joint Committee. The Joint Committee publishes an Annual Statement of Accounts which is subject to external audit.