- City Centre Parking
- Seafront parking
- Park Free after 3 from Monday to Friday
- Pay and display parking places
- Pay-on-foot car parks
- RingGo for cashless parking
- The below charges are effective from 1 August 2020.
The following table summarises the details and facilities of the city centre car parks:
|Car Park||Spaces||Toilets||Disabled Parking||Electric Points||Peak Times Tariffs (per hour or part thereof)/|
Daily Rate (DR)/
Monthly Permit Cost (MPC)
|Pay and display||Pay on foot|
RingGo Location number
|St Mary's multi storey*||480||Y||Y - (chargeable)||4||£1.50/|
|Sunniside multi-storey*||653||Y - (chargeable)||4||£1.30/|
|Boughton Street car park*||56||Y||2||£1.30/|
|Nile Street car park*||49||Y||2||£1.20/|
|Civic Centre car park||630||Y||6||£1.20/|
|West Wear Street car park*||40||Y||0||£1.00/|
|Charles Street car park||28||Y||0||£1.00/|
|Tatham Street car park*||94||Y||0||£1.00/|
|Gorse Road car park||54||Y||0||£0.80/|
|High Street West car park*||35||Y||0||£0.90/|
|Livingstone Road car park *||157||Y||4||£1.30/|
*These car parks have been awarded 'Safer Parking Award' status.
The Safer Parking Award aims to raise security standards within car parks and effectively reduce car related crime. To be awarded the safer parking status a stringent set of standards has to be met, including patrolling security patrols, good levels of lighting and closed circuit television.
Car parks in Sunderland are either "Pay or Display" or "Pay-on-foot" both of which are explained below.
|Car Park||Spaces||Toilets||Disabled Parking||Electric Points||Peak Times Tariffs (per hour or part thereof)||Pay and display||Pay on foot||RingGo location number|
|Marine Walk car park||50||Y||£60p per hour / £3 all day||Y||N||35859|
|Harbour View car park||128||Y||2||£60p per hour / £3 all day||Y||N||35860|
Park free in Sunderland city centre after 3pm from Monday to Friday all year, in City Council car parks and on street parking places.
The City Council and City Centre Traders Association work together to encourage more people to spend more time in the city centre. Offering people free parking at certain times is a good incentive for more people to:
- Shop in the city centre (particularly in the early evening)
- Enjoy its many family-friendly attractions
- Help support traders making this a more prosperous city for all
There are over 1500 council car parking spaces in the city centre; with nearly 500 spaces at St Mary's multi-storey and more than 650 at Sunniside.
Pay and display bays are parking places on street, in surface and some multi-storey car parks which may be used by vehicles provided a ticket is purchased from a pay and display ticket machine. Guidance regarding payment and the hours of operation are stated on the front of ticket machines and/or adjacent signs. The machine prints a ticket which indicates the time of purchase and the expiry time for your stay. This ticket should be displayed inside the vehicle, on the dashboard or fascia so that the expiry time on the ticket is clearly legible from the outside of the vehicle.
The "pay-on-foot" system of parking requires the motorist to take a ticket from a machine at a barrier point on entering the car park. This ticket should then be retained by the motorist after parking the vehicle and leaving the car park. When returning to the car park the motorist should present the ticket to an automatic pay machine and pay the appropriate charge. The payment of the charge endorses the ticket which must be inserted into the machine at the barrier point at the car park exit.
There are two council operated car parks within the city centre that operate a pay on foot system: St Mary's and Sunniside car parks.