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Own a Driveway But Park on Road: What's the Law?

By: Sarah Clark (ILEX) - Updated: 7 Feb 2020 | comments*Discuss
Own A Driveway But Park On Road: What's The Law?


Our neighbours have a perfect driveway but they don't use it, instead choosing to park on the road outside their house. They don't even park in front of their driveway. This causes many problems for the rest of the people in our road as it's a small road with not many parking spaces. We have problems parking and find it very hard to park at night! Is there a law which says that if you have a driveway that you can use that you should use it?

(K.G, 20 July 2009)


Parking is a common source of tension between neighbours, especially when these days many households have more than one car to park and limited parking spaces in which to do so. It can be irritating when a neighbour seemingly uses up more than their entitlement of parking spaces, and it’s clearly inconsiderate of your neighbour to choose to park on the road when they have a perfectly adequate parking space on their driveway.

Unfortunately, there is no legal entitlement for a resident to be able to park outside their home – even though most of us expect to be able to do so. Difficulties with parking close to your own property sometimes lead to Disputes Between Neighbours.

What the Law Says about Parking on a Public Highway

The law doesn’t set down any rules about where you can park if the road in question is a public highway. If your neighbour's vehicle is taxed and he is abiding by the Highway Code, then he can effectively park his car anywhere that he chooses on a public highway (although not on footpaths/pavements) as long as it is legal to park there.

Paragraph 207 of the Highway Code does say that people should not park anywhere that their vehicle might cause an obstruction to pedestrians or road users, and does also give an example of not parking in front of another person’s driveway – but it doesn’t actually say that you can’t park in front of another person’s driveway or property.

The Law Versus Etiquette

So, your neighbour probably isn’t actually breaking any laws by choosing to park in front of your property, however inconvenient it may be to you. Etiquette suggests that most people will choose to use their own driveway or park in front of their own property, but nobody has the automatic right to park right in front of their own house. All your neighbour appears to be breaching, in this case, is neighbourly etiquette.

If the problem persists, a friendly request to your neighbour to consider parking on their driveway could be the way forward, but there is nothing that can legally be done to force them to do so.

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Jules - 12-Apr-19 @ 10:16 AM
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RUallClowns - 1-Oct-18 @ 8:29 PM
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jmb angry - 26-Sep-18 @ 11:31 AM
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Tine - 22-Aug-18 @ 10:06 AM
Jon - Your Question:
I live in a Cul-de-sac, and one neighbour has 3 cars on their drive, one small van parked in the very tight turning circle, which makes it difficult for cars to turn around and exit the road, plus 1 flat bed lorry which is constantly being repaired on the road outside their house. The lorry only leaves a small space for another car to get passed, let alone a Fire engine or Ambulance. Are they breaking the law?

Our Response:
If they're obstructing the path of emergency vehicles the emergency services can take steps to move the vehicle. Check with your planning department to see if any conditions are in place in relation to parking/maintenance of commercial vehicles in residential areas.
ProblemNeighbours - 13-Aug-18 @ 3:46 PM
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Jon - 13-Aug-18 @ 12:19 PM
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gmb - 26-Jul-18 @ 6:18 PM
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Scottishlass - 29-Jun-18 @ 3:07 PM
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DJ123890 - 4-May-18 @ 1:52 PM
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Buttercup - 14-Apr-18 @ 10:51 PM
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Kel - 28-Mar-18 @ 12:02 PM
Can you help. I moved into a my first house with my wife 18 months ago and my neighbor asked me not to park on the grass verge at the front of both outlet houses. To which I agreed. Since we moved in we have had our first baby and now my wife predominately has to park the family car up our drive way so she’s not getting the baby out and having to walk a car seat from the road to the house. If my wife is not home when I get back from work then I will park on the road outside my house not on the grass verge I have been asked not to park on, so she can pull straight up the driveway. My neighbor has now on a couple of occasions been quite aggressive telling me his daughter and himself struggle to get there cars off there driveway as they say my car is causing them an obstruction.i have suggested they back there onto there drive instead of trying to back off. He has now threatened to call the police if I continue to park outside my house and not on my driveway behind my wife. Where do I stand??
Bradders - 25-Jan-18 @ 10:50 PM
My neighbour leaves his Coneworx highway maintenance lorry parked really inconsiderately,at one stage even disrupting an elderly neighbours funeral when the undertaker made him move it. After this arrogant behaviour I am really tempted to involved both the police and his employer as I believe he is aware of the harassment this parking is causing,since I have recently been diagnosed with cancer and occasionally need a wheelchair it has started to be parked in such a way that while not on the pavement,it is severely restricting my access to my home. And advice would be appreciated as I believe this is targeted harassment because of my religion.
carol - 19-Jan-18 @ 6:13 PM
Crobbo86 - Your Question:
Hi, I am thinking of putting in a driveway at the front of my property (if I got permission). This driveway would lead into a “lay-by” (kind of like a really long bus lane) that comes off a busy main road. My question is, if I could go ahead and build it, can I stop people parking in front of my drive so that I don’t get blocked in? Or is there not much I can do, as access from my potential driveway leads into this “lay-by”?Thanks

Our Response:
Is it a layby (where people stop) or a slip road/access? That will make the difference into whether you get permission for a dropped kerb/driveway. Depending on where you live in the UK, you can't necessarily prevent people from stopping/parking outside your home. Contact your local highways department for more help.
ProblemNeighbours - 12-Jan-18 @ 2:51 PM
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