Late Night and Christmas Shopping Parking Offers

colxmas_0007There’s plenty of Late Night and Christmas Shopping offers right across the NEPP area; it’s one of the things I’m asked about a lot at this time of year!

Most local authorities will have some special parking offers and others have free parking on some occasions. You can find out about these by checking the signage in the car parks (it’s always explained on the machine or tariff board nearby) or check your local authority’s website.

Details of all the North Essex Parking Partnership authority car parks and tariffs can be found on our website here under ‘North Essex Links’.

Free Parking

Long Stay Car Park Sign

I thought that title might grab your attention!

Last week, I wrote about cashless parking being available in Braintree, Colchester, Epping Forest and Uttlesford via MiPermit and I thought that this week I’d follow it up by telling you how this works when car parks offer free parking for a limited period.

When parking in any car park, please make sure you check prices and even if parking is free check how long the free parking is for and whether or not you still need to display a ticket (which is usually the case as Civil Enforcement Officers like me need to know how long a vehicle has been parked).

If you chose to pay for parking using MiPermit, the system will automatically include any free time if your stay goes beyond the allocated free time. For example, last month Epping Forest District Council began charging for parking in their long stay car parks on Saturdays and Sundays but the first two hours are free. So, if I want to park in one of Epping Forest’s long stay car parks for 3 hours on a Saturday, MiPermit will create a virtual parking stay for the whole three hours but will only charge me for the third hour when my free two hour stay is up. Likewise if I was going to park there and was going to stay less than two hours I wouldn’t use MiPermit (as there wouldn’t be any payment needed) but I would still need to go and print a ticket from the machine so that a Civil Enforcement Officer (CEO) would know how long I’d being parked there and would know when my free 2 hours of parking was up.

You can find out more about each of the NEPP’s authorities car parks and charges by visiting the NEPP’s website at