Northamptonshire Highways

Pay a parking fine

You can pay a parking fine online, by telephone or by post. To challenge the parking fine, please go to the Parking Fine - Appeal page.

Before you start

If the Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) was served today you will not be able to pay online or view any details or evidence until the following day.

To pay, you will need:

  • your vehicle registration number
  • the PCN number listed on your parking ticket

Payment is acceptance of liability.

How much do I have to pay?

The penalty charge is either

  • £70 (reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days); or
  • £50 (reduced to £25 if paid within 14 days).

Ensure that payment is made for the correct amount.

How to pay

  • If you are paying more than one penalty charge please ensure that you enter each PCN number individually.
  • We do not accept payment by instalments, cash or by Visa Electron or American Express.


Pay by credit or debit card using our online payments system:

Pay your fine online


Call our 24-hour automated line on 0845 6800153* (option 1).

*calls cost 4 pence per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

Pay by post

  • Please ensure that you quote the PCN number on the back of the cheque or postal order.
  • Allow 2 working days for 1st class post and 5 working days for 2nd class post.
  • If you would like a receipt please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.

To pay by cheque or postal order, please make your cheque payable to Northamptonshire County Council and post to the following address:

Parking Services,
Northamptonshire County Council,
Riverside House,
Riverside Way,
Bedford Road,

Further information

​Unpaid PCNs are a civil debt recoverable in the same way as any other debt. The council employ Enforcement Agents to recover unpaid parking debt.

If you have been contacted by an Enforcement Agent please ensure that payment is made to them. We will not accept payment for any PCNs that have reached this stage.

Please see Road Traffic Debt Collection – New Legislation 6th April 2014 for important changes on legislation.

​The money raised from parking enforcement is used to fund the cost of the service. Any surplus raised is used for highway and environmental improvements.

Civil Enforcement Officers do not receive bonuses for the number of the PCNs they issue

​The standard contraventions and the Penalty Charge which applies can be viewed below:

  Contravention codes (PDF 180KB)

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