The council aims is to provide the highest standards of security and customer care for car park users in Sunderland, with many of the car parks in the city centre having attained "Safer Parking" status.
Free parking in Sunderland city centre
Park free in Sunderland city centre after 3pm on Thursdays, when using City Council on and off-street car parks.
Phone and Pay for parking
You can now Phone and Pay for car parking by mobile, phone or app.
Stadium of Light - event and home match parking
Only residents with permits will be able to park in 60 of the streets surrounding the Stadium of Light.
Parking management and enforcement
This page describes how parking in Sunderland is managed and enforced, including information on the Sunderland Parking Charter and any parking reports.
Community parking management schemes
Details of current and proposed community parking management schemes (CPMS).
Car parks and off-street parking
This page gives more information on council run car parks, and lists those which have been awarded safer parking staus.
Paying or appealing penalty charge notices
You can pay for, or appeal, your penalty charge notices (parking tickets) on this page.
Street parking zones
This page gives more information on the Controlled Parking Zone in Sunderland City Centre
Charge your car
Plug in and power up at one of the city's 50 electric vehicle re-charging points
Motor cycle parking
Motor cycle parking is free at all Pay and Display car parks, this page gives more information and a map of car parking.
Bicycle parking is available within several carparks across the city, this page lists them and provides more information.
Park and ride
While we don't provide Park and Ride schemes in Sunderland, there are several large car parks next to some metro stops. This page provides more information on these car parks.
Parking for disabled people
The Blue Badge Scheme only applies to on-street parking. However, Sunderland City Council allows this scheme to apply to off-street parking as well.
This page provides information on Shopmobility, a scheme whereby people with mobility difficulties can hire either wheelchairs or electric scooters to enable them to get about within the Bridges Shopping Centre.