Guidance Note: Residential Parking

  • Published: The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT), no date
  • Authors: The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT)
  • Date Added: 18 Apr 2013
  • Last Update: 18 Apr 2013
  • Format: pdf


Provide guidance.


The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and the Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) have worked together to produce a joint publication to offer those working on planning, design and delivery of the most up to date good practice guidance.

Key Findings:

  • Parking problems manifest themselves in footway parking, obstruction of driveways and accesses, hindrance to larger delivery vehicles and refuse freighters, damage to soft landscaping and footways, and cluttered, unsightly streets.

  • Parking can affect people’s feelings about street safety, personal security and the potential for car crime, as well as having an actual effect upon those aspects of communities and neighbourhoods.

  • The Government has concluded that national constraint policies have led to “significant levels of on-street parking causing congestion and danger to pedestrians”.

  • Research carried out in Kent suggests that residents’ perceptions of the safety of their streets and their willingness to let their children own and use bicycles are undermined by ad hoc on-street parking. Conversely, developments that exhibit high cycle ownership and use tend to be those without parking problems and fears about safety. As such, getting the parking right appears to contribute towards the personal health agenda.


Guidance, Parking, Street safety


Useful guidance but does not describe road safety issues in detail.