Car park

Car parks

Important information -

Due to the fire at the Council Offices in Crowmarsh last week the Car Parks team currently have no access to their telephone lines or database. 

If you are a permit holder, whose permit has expired, please continue to use your existing permit until we are able to deal with the renewal.

If your query is in relation to an excess charge, please email the car parks team on providing your excess charge notice number as well as your full postal address and, provided your dispute is dated (and received) within the reduced payment period the fine will not increase to the higher amount pending the response.

If you have experienced a machine fault we will look into this as soon as we are able. 

Please bear with us during this unusual crisis and be assured that we will deal with your correspondence as soon as we are able to.​​

Our car parks

The council manages 19 car parks in Didcot, Goring, Henley, Thame, Chinnor, Wheatley, Culham, Benson and Wallingford. There are a mixture of short/long stay, free and 'pay and display' car parks that are controlled by Parking Orders (see below).

Car park fees and conditions

Car parking fees apply in the council pay and display car parks Monday to Saturday including bank holidays. Riverside car park in Wallingford is free on a Sunday. Download information on the latest car park and permit fees from the downloads menu on this page, or contact the car parks team.

You need to display a ticket to park for the free hour at car parks in Thame, Didcot, Goring, some car parks in Wallingford and the free two hours at Goldsmith’s Lane car park in Wallingford.

The other main conditions in the car parks are:

A maximum stay of four hours at the Church Road car park in Wheatley.

Riverside car park in Wallingford has:

  • free parking on Sundays
  • a new short-stay charge of 50p for up to one hour all summer (low and high season) and £1 for up to three hours in high season. The cost of parking up to 10 hours will remain the same at £2.30.
  • a new free permit for leisure centre card holders.

You can also apply for a season ticket.

Pay a car park fine or make an appeal

Car park complaints

If you are dissatisfied with any aspect of our car park service, or would like to report an incident of vandalism or misuse in the car parks, use the online form below:

Car park pricing policy

The council reviews the fees and charges every year, according to the locally agreed Car Park Pricing Policy and information from usage surveys (to see how well the car parks are being used) and comments from users via satisfaction surveys.

Road Traffic Act

South Oxfordshire District Council operates the car parks in accordance with schedule 9 of the Road Traffic Act 1984.

Terms of use of the car parks and charges

The South Oxfordshire District Council (Off Street Parking Places) Order is the document that sets out the charges for the off-street car parks and the terms and conditions relating to their use. If we vary any charges during the period of the Order then we publish a notice to tell people about the changes. You can view the latest order and notice here.

South Oxfordshire District Council (Off Street Parking Places) Order 2011 (1.3 MB) PDF

Notice of Variation March 2012 (62.4 KB) PDF

Last reviewed: 22 - 01 - 2015

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