Since the end of March, Dorset Council car park charges have increased.

The parking transformation project started in 2020 to develop a more consistent approach to car parking charges across the Dorset Council area, this included a review of on-street car parking charges, council car park prices and car park permits.

Car parking charges and fines fund the operation of the council’s parking services department. Any surplus the service makes goes into the highways service, helping fund drainage works, reactive pothole repairs, car park safety and general maintenance.

Cabinet approved the new, more consistent charging structure and pricing on 8 November 2021.

Car parks in Level 3 locations were the first to have signage, machines and mobile payment information updated, followed by Level 2 location car parks and finally car parks in Level 1 locations.

Find out when prices will be changing at each car park

Find the full list of car parks and when the new charges go live

Car park charging levels

Level 1

Beaminster, Charmouth, Ferndown, Gillingham, Sturminster Newton, Verwood and West Bexington

Level 2

Blandford, Bridport, Dorchester, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Wareham, Weymouth (shops) and Wimborne

Level 3

Corfe Castle, Lyme Regis, Portland, West Bay and Weymouth (beach)

Car park charging levels
Charging level 30 minutes 1 hour 2 hours 3 hours 4 hours 10 hours
Level 1 - low season 50p 70p £1 £1.50 £2.50 £4
Level 1- high season* £1 £2 £3 £4 £5 £10
Level 2 50p £1 £1.50 £2.20 £3.50 £6
Level 3 - low season 50p £1 £1.50 £2.20 £3.50 £6
Level 3 - high season £1 £2 £3 £4 £5 £10

*Level 1 high season applies to Charmouth and West Bexington only. 
High season charges apply 1 April to 31 October

Changes to free car parks

Charges are being brought in for five Dorset Council car parks which are currently free.

These will have the tiered charging structure for their area and will be available as part of the residents’ car park permit scheme:

  • Stour Meadows, Blandford – short stay and flexi-stay permits accepted
  • The Hub, Verwood – short stay and flexi-stay permits accepted
  • Jenner Close, Verwood – short stay and flexi-stay permits accepted
  • Potters Wheel, Verwood – short stay and flexi-stay permits accepted

New permits for residents

As part of the parking transformation project, two new permits have been introduced to replace the 76 existing old district/borough permits.

Short Stay Car Park Permit

The short stay car park permit includes:

  • parking for two hours every day in the majority of Dorset Council car parks
  • two vehicles registered per permit (but can only be used on one vehicle at a time)

Cost and duration

The short stay car park permit is:

  • £78 for 12 months

Permit holders can buy extra parking from the machine or by phone/app if they need longer than a two hour session.

Flexi Stay Car Park Permit

The flexi stay car park permit includes:

  • unlimited parking in the majority of Dorset Council car parks
  • free parking for two hours every day in other Dorset Council car parks

Cost and duration

The flexi stay car park permit:

  • can be purchased monthly or for 12 months
  • costs £25 a month or £260 for 12 months
  • can have one vehicle registered per permit

These permits are now available to purchase. Apply for a parking permit.

If you have any queries regarding the previous permits, please contact Parking Services.

Previous articles about parking transformation

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