Changes made to cost of parking permits

15th March 2016

Three Rivers District Council is increasing the cost of parking permits in the Rickmansworth Controlled Parking Zone and other residential Parking Zones.

In line with all local authorities in this country, TRDC is facing significant financial pressures over the next few years.  The parking services operated by Three Rivers District Council currently operate at a loss which, in the current financial climate, poses a risk to the future of providing a high quality, responsive service. 

A Parking Services Review has been initiated to eliminate the deficit in the next 2 years.  In order to continue providing the current parking services and in addition to ensuring adequate controls are in place to prevent abuse of permits, Three Rivers have taken the decision to increase permit prices.  The cost of the Rickmansworth Town Centre business permit, visitors’ permits and all residents’ permits will be increasing from 18 April 2016 as part of the Council’s review of parking services.

The changes will see the annual cost of residents’ permits streamlined into two categories.  The price of the first permit, which currently cost between £44 and £50, depending on location, would increase to £60 with existing £25 permits increasing to £30. The price of a second permit would increase to £110, with the current £25 permits increasing to £55.  Annual visitor permits currently cost £30, this would be increased to £50.  The price of annual business permits in Rickmansworth would be increased to £450+VAT.

(For more information, please look at the table at the end of this press release)

Cllr Trevett, Lead Member for Housing, Planning and Strategic Schemes said “In common with all other local authorities, Three Rivers District Council is facing ever increasing financial pressure from the government. Cuts in central government grant and restrictions on Council Tax increases mean that it is now faced with the very real possibility of having to cut services or find new sources of income through additional charges. All aspects of the Council’s services are being looked at, so we can protect the things that matter to residents. No one likes to see their costs increasing and it is not a decision we have taken lightly.”

Free off street parking is still available in most high streets and town centres in the Three Rivers area for up to 2 hours.

Please refer to the resident permit page for further details at

Table of Permit Costs

Three Rivers Zones List (pdf)