Parking charges

Parking charges in Harrow vary depending on the where you park your vehicle, either on a street or in car parks.

One-hour free parking

You can park for free for up to one hour in a paid for bay on a street in Harrow. To get the one hour free you will need to have a live parking session with PayByPhone.

If you do not have a mobile phone you can pay in any local shop that has the PayPoint sign. Details of the nearest one can be found on signage in car parks and near our on-street bays.

PayPoints offer ticketless parking, with no need to return to the car. You will need to quote your vehicle registration and the PayByPhone location number shown on nearby signage.

Some car parks still have Pay & Display machines. If you use a Pay & Display machine you need to put the ticket in a visible location within your vehicle.

Your one-hour free parking is only available on your first visit to any on street paid for parking bay per day.

The one-hour free parking is not available in resident permit holder bays unless stated on the signs for the particular bays.

The easiest way to pay to park in Harrow

The easiest way to register your parking session and get your free hour will be with the PayByPhone app – available from all app stores.

  • Open the PayByPhone app
  • Enter the location code of your car park
  • Activate your one hour free parking session

PayByPhone also offers text, call and online services. Please set up an account to use these at or by calling 0208 039 1101.

See more information including how-to guides at the PayByPhone website or YouTube channel 

Please check signage carefully when parking to confirm tariff and payment options.

All parking sessions, including free sessions must be registered or you may get a Penalty Charge Notice. If you use a Pay & Display machine you must place the ticket in your vehicle so it is clearly visible from the outside.

West House car park, which is owned by the Heath Robinson Museum will remain outside our discounted parking scheme and will continue to offer the first 30 minutes free.

The leisure centre car park will continue to offer up to three hours free parking.

These changes do not affect Blue Badge holders.

The free period is not available in Resident Permit bays, unless the signage at the location advises that paid for parking is allowed.

Parking for longer than one hour

If you want to park for longer than one hour you just need to enter the total time you want to park for on the PayByPhone system and it will calculate the charge for you including the first hour (or other free period) where applicable.

The same applies to registering parking in a PayPoint shop or an on street Pay & Display machine where available.

When you add money to the pay and display machine it will show your expiry time on the screen.

For details of locations and charges please see:

Bank holidays

Regular rules and charges apply on bank holidays including Christmas and Boxing Day unless otherwise stated.

Can I park on a single yellow line?

You are allowed to park on a single yellow line only outside the hours of control. The hours of control are displayed on large signs as you enter each controlled parking zone (CPZ) or on kerbside plates if they vary from the CPZ.

Can I arrange special parking for a funeral?

Arrangements can be made for funeral director vehicles. Unfortunately we are unable to make special arrangements for private vehicles. 

Please email with the location, date and times, so our parking officers are aware.

I have tradesmen carrying out works, where can they park?

If you live in a controlled parking zone, your visitors or tradesmen will be required to display a visitor parking permit to allow them to park their vehicles.

If you don’t live in a controlled parking zone, please email and we will contact you with further details.