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

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Own A Driveway But Park On Road: What's The Law?

Q.

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)

A.

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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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
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?
Jon - 13-Aug-18 @ 12:19 PM
Hi, I live in a terraced house on a normal street....lots of cars require parking spaces...Neighbour across the road has a caravan parked on the drive which they take out on rare occasions...I came off my nightshift and had to park in front of it the other day as there was nowhere else to park....They came back to put there caravan back on the driveway seen my car and knocked the door....They started ranting about parking there, I did not bother explaining why as I could tell from the attitude it would have been pointless...I moved it straight away.......The person then said that the only person she gives permission to park there is another of my Neighbours but no one else is allowed....That irritated me a bit, picking and choosing who parks outside your driveway surely is not on? It is an open Driveway which leads onto about 4 feet of Pavement Kerbed and then onto the street.....The Pavement is not Dropped. I thought it was a requirement to drop the Pavement to get access to your driveway? If you did not want people to park outside it? I also thought but not sure that a person was not allowed to drive over a Kerb Pavement to access there Drive? Wether it be Car, Caravan or any other vechicle? Legally what is the stance on both points? P.S won't park there deliberately but would just like know what the Law states. regards
gmb - 26-Jul-18 @ 6:18 PM
I have rental houses across the road from me. A young couple and only the guy drives. He owns a car and a work van. Car always parked half way up the drive and van always parked on the road two wheels on road and two wheels on pavement. Stopping at least 6 houses who people own using outside their house. No attempt to put both up the drive.the longest the van has on the road without moving is a month. He has now started leaving the car on the road and moving the van on the drive just to guarantee one of this vehicles is on the road. I've had to extend my drive just so parents can put their cars on my drive when they visit cause they can t use the road. Needs to be a change in the law. Not fair on neighbours.
Scottishlass - 29-Jun-18 @ 3:07 PM
Why does my neighbor park on the street,has to go out and get his mail,because his car is hiding his mailbox. He has one car and a nice driveway. Even when weather is bad,he parks on street.
Chucks babe - 17-May-18 @ 9:33 PM
My neighbour has turned her garage into an extension (bedroom) and has grassed her drive and made flower beds. She has no off-road parking now. She now parks a trailer down the street opposite my house and it’s unsightly. In fact I’m not even sure it belongs to her but another family member. Weeds are growing under it now and it looks awful. Park it by your own house. What can I do?
DJ123890 - 4-May-18 @ 1:52 PM
My neighbor opposite moved in less than 2 years ago. They have 2 cars and a drive at the rear plus garage. The drive accommodates 3 cars. They never use it, they park outside their front gate, or opposite our driveway making it a complete nightmare to get in and out as it's on a bend. They say sorry, promise not to do it and carry on. Their visitors make it even worse. I give up, they are not breaking a law, just bad neighbours and lazy and just lie to keep the peace. Today we had words as they affect 4 neighbours including me. They even use one neighbour as a turning circle and are damagingher drive. It's not a police matter, it's not a private road. They appear to be reasonable talking but are taking the Micky. What do I do next, I have no desire to be friendly it would just make them worse. Any advice would be helpful.
Buttercup - 14-Apr-18 @ 10:51 PM
Hi there. I live in a end terrace house, I have a small yard in front, all my neighbors use for parking but my landlord says I can't park as it's a zebra crossing right in front. But the people across the road do it. How can I ask to have the crossing moved. I have a child and really need a place to park the car.
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
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
Crobbo86 - 10-Jan-18 @ 7:46 PM
I live in a mid terrace house.There is a service road leading from the public' road which has a 'T-junction' at the far end of the gardens; turn left to access the garages of my terrace of six on one side and turn right to access the adjacent terrace of six on the other side. On our side the service road is clear for vehicle access but the other side has over recent years with various new owners moving in gradually become messy with rubble/old sofas/other items lined against the fence which backs onto railway land.As well as being pretty unsightly, the debris protrudes and therefore impedes clear access particularly for a larger vehicle that may needs to reverse/manoeuvre to the back of our gardens i.e. workmen/gardeners.It has become very awkward for themAlso I'm concerned about the rubbish attracting vermin. Could you tell me if there is any legal recourse or is it simply a question of neighbours consideration/etiquette? Also is there a rule/law about rubbish against rail network land?
Fran - 10-Jan-18 @ 6:37 PM
Qc - Your Question:
I live on a new estate, our close consists of 7 houses and the road is 'unadopted '. We were made aware of this when purchasing our house, and the deeds show that we "own the road" from edge to edge of our home and up to the middle of the road directly in front of our property.assuming this is the case for all 7 properties. Our immediate neighbours are coming across as awkward and have complained about how our neighbours opposite park their vehicles. The neighbours opposite rent their property and park their second vehicle outside the house they are renting, this means that I cant park outside the front of my house as we'd block the road, but that doesn't bother me because my visitors just park elsewhere - my opinion is that its no ones fault new builds accommodate for 1 vehicle when most families now have more than 1. Hey ho life goes on - but for whatever reason, my neighbours have decided it is an issue and have told them that they are strictly not allowed to park on the road at all. Just out of curiosity, what are the rules on this? As far as I was concerned, I own the road outside my house so if I want to park on it, I will, unless it will cause obstruction to other road users, in which case common courtesy means ill park else where. I've told my neighbours opposite that their parking doesnt bother me and I wont mind if they continue to park there. They are clueless because they rent and the landlord has never mentioned anything about the parking/road/outside their front door. So assuming their landlord does own the road outside their home, provided we dont double park and block the road, can they park there? ?

Our Response:
There are no real rights or wrongs on private roads. It usually depends on how the deeds are drawn up and any covenants etc. Sadly, parking is not often included in these but it's worth checking. As a rule we would expect the "frontagers" should be able to park on the road that they own/forms part of their property as long as they're not causing an obstruction.
ProblemNeighbours - 18-Dec-17 @ 11:11 AM
I live on a new estate, our close consists of 7 houses and the road is 'unadopted '. We were made aware of this when purchasing our house, and the deeds show that we "own the road" from edge to edge of our home and up to the middle of the road directly in front of our property....assuming this is the case for all 7 properties. Our immediate neighbours are coming across as awkward and have complained about how our neighbours opposite park their vehicles. The neighbours opposite rent their property and park their second vehicle outside the house they are renting, this means that i cant park outside the front of my house as we'd block the road, but that doesn't bother me because my visitors just park elsewhere - my opinion is that its no ones fault new builds accommodate for 1 vehicle when most families now have more than 1. Hey ho life goes on - but for whatever reason, my neighbours have decided it is an issue and have told them that they are strictly not allowed to park on the road at all. Just out of curiosity, what are the rules on this? As far as i was concerned, i own the road outside my house so if i want to park on it, i will, unless it will cause obstruction to other road users, in which case common courtesy means ill park else where. I've told my neighbours opposite that their parking doesnt bother me and i wont mind if they continue to park there. They are clueless because they rent and the landlord has never mentioned anything about the parking/road/outside their front door. So assuming their landlord does own the road outside their home, provided we dont double park and block the road, can they park there? ?
Qc - 15-Dec-17 @ 7:41 AM
I live on a new estate, our close consists of 7 houses and the road is 'unadopted '. We were made aware of this when purchasing our house, and the deeds show that we "own the road" from edge to edge of our home and up to the middle of the road directly in front of our property....assuming this is the case for all 7 properties. Our immediate neighbours are coming across as awkward and have complained about how our neighbours opposite park their vehicles. The neighbours opposite rent their property and park their second vehicle outside the house they are renting, this means that i cant park outside the front of my house as we'd block the road, but that doesn't bother me because my visitors just park elsewhere - my opinion is that its no ones fault new builds accommodate for 1 vehicle when most families now have more than 1. Hey ho life goes on - but for whatever reason, my neighbours have decided it is an issue and have told them that they are strictly not allowed to park on the road at all. Just out of curiosity, what are the rules on this? As far as i was concerned, i own the road outside my house so if i want to park on it, i will, unless it will cause obstruction to other road users, in which case common courtesy means ill park else where. I've told my neighbours opposite that their parking doesnt bother me and i wont mind if they continue to park there. They are clueless because they rent and the landlord has never mentioned anything about the parking/road/outside their front door. So assuming their landlord does own the road outside their home, provided we dont double park and block the road, can they park there? ?
Qc - 14-Dec-17 @ 11:06 PM
Raks - Your Question:
We live in a close of 11 houses. One of the neighbours on the close has 9 cars. 4 of those cars parked on the driveway haven't been moved for years. 1 of the cars is parked on the road and is SORN. there is a business van that is parked on the corner fully on the pavement covering the road sign. The cars they use they park everywhere around a narrow close. The neighbours have asked them to be considerate and they are for a week and then everything is back to normal, they park their cars and vans everywhere. We are all worried emergency vehicles will not be able to access houses at the bottom of the close.We are all fed up with this and don't know where to turn. Any help and advice would be appreciated.

Our Response:
Are they running a business? If so, check with your planning department - many areas have conditions about running a business in a residential area. The SORN vehicle should not be parked on a public road, you can report this to the police or DVLA.
ProblemNeighbours - 8-Dec-17 @ 3:06 PM
We live in a close of 11 houses. One of the neighbours on the close has 9 cars. 4 of those cars parked on the driveway haven't been moved for years. 1 of the cars is parked on the road and is SORN. there is a business van that is parked on the corner fully on the pavement covering the road sign. The cars they use they park everywhere around a narrow close. The neighbours have asked them to be considerate and they are for a week and then everything is back to normal, they park their cars and vans everywhere. We are all worried emergency vehicles will not be able to access houses at the bottom of the close. We are all fed up with this and don't know where to turn. Any help and advice would be appreciated.
Raks - 7-Dec-17 @ 6:09 PM
Sjones85 - Your Question:
The house opposite to mine has a drive way but doesn't use it. There is limited parking on my road as it's a busy road. He is a mini cab driver is usually in and out late in the evening but when I get home from work it's very busy and he's taking up space outside my house rather than using his drive. I wouldn't even mind if he parked over his drive at least it would free up one more space. Am I within my rights to ask him to use his driveway either parking in it or over it?

Our Response:
He doesn't "have" to use his own drive and has just as much right to park in the road as you do. However, it would not do any harm to try and appeal to his better nature to ask him to park on his drive out of courtesy to neighbours.
ProblemNeighbours - 28-Nov-17 @ 3:07 PM
The house opposite to mine has a drive way but doesn't use it. There is limited parking on my road as it's a busy road. He is a mini cab driver is usually in and out late in the evening but when I get home from work it's very busy and he's taking up space outside my house rather than using his drive. I wouldn't even mind if he parked over his drive at least it would free up one more space. Am I within my rights to ask him to use his driveway either parking in it or over it?
Sjones85 - 27-Nov-17 @ 6:03 PM
My neighbour who lives opposite to the side of my house currently has 4 cars 2 of which they don't use. They refuse to allow other neighbours to park on a public parking area. On the side of my house there is a parking bay/area where you could park about 4 cars. This parking bay/area is situated on the right side of a T junction/road. The neighbour who lives opposite to the side of the house as well as the parking area, parks all 4 of their cars on the side (2 of which they do not use/drive). When one of their car leaves they move another one of their car in that spot. If a resident on that street attempts to park in that area the neighbour comes out yelling saying that they cannot park there. If a resident does park in the area they go find the resident knock on their door and order them to remove their car as they need to park theirs. I cannot stress enough the fact that this is a public parking space and what they are doing to not only me and my father but also the rest of the neighbours is just very very arrogant and selfish. It just doesn't make sense not allowing others to park on public street parking and also ordering other residents to move their car. What can i do or whom do i go to report this???
shiv - 11-May-17 @ 11:36 PM
We live in a detached house in a new development and have a driveway and a garage. As my partner is self employed he has a small van, a car and I also have a car. Most of the time his car is in the garage and his van and my car are in our driveway. There is an area of grass out the front of the house in front of our living room window next to our driveway. We are thinking of converting the garage in to another room and getting the grass taken away and mono-blocking put down so that we can park the 2 cars and the vans out there once the garage has gone. All of the vehicles will be parked right in front of our living room and the new room (old garage) window to the right of our house (where there is no other neighbour) and will not be in front of our other neighbour (to the left of our house) window in any way. However when my partner was chatting to our neighbour about it today the neighbour turned around and said that my partner's van will be blocking their view!! Oh and he added that if we are digging up the tree from our garden (that the builders put there) they will take it for their front garden (which in effect will block their view when it's fully grown!) I couldn't believe the cheek of him! As for "the view" he is referring to, there isn't one! A block of flats has been built right across the busy,main road from our houses so it's not like there's a beautiful stunning view there! Did he seriously expect us to say "Well ok mate, we'll not get our mono-blocking done then!"
Rach1880 - 30-Apr-17 @ 6:59 PM
HUT - Your Question:
My daughters neighbour changed the front of his house. The house is quite plain two windows up and two down the door is accessed on the side. A few years ago the downstairs to the house was changed. There was a drive in garage this was changed and they put in a window. This was not a separate garage. The frontage measures about 10' x 20' max. this leads onto the pavement. there is a dropped kerb which runs the whole width of the house. In the road there is a white a single white line. if my daughter parks on it they come straight out and tell her to move. Even for unloading they are very aggressive which is upsetting. they have a Range Rover which is quite old and they park right outside there house blocking there windows down on the ground floor. We are a bit confused on how this got planning for parking actually on this part of their property and indeed if they are allowed. Parking is restricted in this area and with the Range Rover parked sideways on when they start it up the exhausts fume go straight over into the front of my house where there is a small wall with a gate. Can you please advise if they would have had to get planning permission for the change of design from the garage down stairs, the front and the white lines painted to the front. Is there a measurement for parking outside the house at the front.

Our Response:
There may have been a dropped kerb from when the garage was still in place/use. White line H markers are usually provided by the council on application to deter others from blocking one's access. They are usually the same width as the opening.
ProblemNeighbours - 6-Apr-17 @ 11:32 AM
My daughters neighbour changed the front of his house.The house is quite plain two windows up and two down the door is accessed on the side.A few years ago the downstairs to the house was changed.There was a drive in garage this was changed and they put in a window.This was not a separate garage. The frontage measures about 10' x 20' max.this leads onto the pavement. there is a dropped kerb which runs the whole width of the house.In the road there is a white a single white line.if my daughter parks on it they come straight out and tell her to move.Even for unloading they are very aggressive which is upsetting.they have a Range Rover which is quite old and they park right outside there house blocking therewindows down on the ground floor.We are a bit confused on how this got planning for parking actually on this part of their property and indeed if they are allowed. Parking is restricted in this area and with the Range Rover parked sideways on when they start it up the exhausts fume go straight over into the front of my house where there is a small wall with a gate. Can you please advise if they would have had to get planning permission for the change of design from the garage down stairs, the front and the white lines painted to the front. Is there a measurement for parking outside the house at the front.
HUT - 4-Apr-17 @ 8:49 PM
I live in a road by town on a one way street on a busy street where cars come into the street rather fast off the main road but parking is awful where people that live on the main road park as well as the people in the street we have a neighbour that lives across the road that owns a old Land Rover and has parked his car in front of our house we do have a drive that we park the car on but get on it at a funny angle and you can just see past the hedge come and see down the road make sure it's safe to come off but this Land Rover is only used it to store things and hadn't moved it in weeks but it's obstructing our view of the road of the cars coming into the streetI'm worried that one day as our view is so obstructed of the road that some day someone may go into my car when I'm coming off it but I don't know what to do about the situation any ideas please?
Chloe - 8-Mar-17 @ 10:37 PM
Dawn- Your Question:
My neighbours have asked us not to drive on the pavement in front of their house as they will have to pay for any damage to the pavement. We park partially over the pavement in front of our own house, but use the dip on the curb outside theirs to get up the pavement outside ours. Is it true they would have to pay for damage? They nit-pick all the time so I'm sure this is rubbish.

Our Response:
Well yes probably, as they would have paid for the dropped kerb to be installed initially.
ProblemNeighbours - 22-Feb-17 @ 12:05 PM
My neighbours have asked us not to drive on the pavement in front of their house as they will have to pay for any damage to the pavement. We park partially over the pavement in front of our own house, but use the dip on the curb outside theirs to get up the pavement outside ours. Is it true they would have to pay for damage? They nit-pick all the time so I'm sure this is rubbish.
Dawn - 19-Feb-17 @ 7:31 PM
may.s - Your Question:
My neighbour is parking his coneworx roadwork lorry right on the pavement outside my front gate,completely blocking access to my front door,I don't drive or have a drive way,its actually my door way path I can't use,this is stopping me from being able to have my disabled partner from staying as I cant get her chair in or out,we have to lift it over a neighbours fence,the same with my garden bin for recycling. I am in poor health and my immediate neighbour who is also being affected is severely disabled,we have tried the police,council and asking him to move it nicely,but unfortunately he seems to be a bit of a bully who enjoys this awful situation. At Xmas my other neighbour actually took a ministroke and the ambulance crew were furiously trying to gain access to the front path and couldn't thanks to this lout,I believe that they reported his coneworx lorry,number 95,for those interested to police Scotland and his employer,but we are still being boxed in so who knows. Hope someone from Coneworx,Scotland reads this,awful person working for them

Our Response:
The police should surely do something about this? Did the ambulance crew make a complaint to the police after the incident you mention?
ProblemNeighbours - 6-Feb-17 @ 2:08 PM
My neighbour is parking his coneworx roadwork lorry right on the pavement outside my front gate,completely blocking access to my front door,I don't drive or have a drive way,its actually my door way path I can't use,this is stopping me from being able to have my disabled partner from staying as I cant get her chair in or out,we have to lift it over a neighbours fence,the same with my garden bin for recycling. I am in poor health and my immediate neighbour who is also being affected is severely disabled,we have tried the police,council and asking him to move it nicely,but unfortunately he seems to be a bit of a bully who enjoys this awful situation. At Xmas my other neighbour actually took a ministroke and the ambulance crew were furiously trying to gain access to the front path and couldn't thanks to this lout,I believe that they reported his coneworx lorry,number 95,for those interested to police Scotland and his employer,but we are still being boxed in so who knows. Hope someone from Coneworx,Scotland reads this,awful person working for them
may.s - 4-Feb-17 @ 2:37 AM
I live in a lane which has only one way access, there is parking assigned to all the houses in the lane, at the moment someone has parked a horse box outside their house, but it blocks half of the road with no access to fire engines ambulances or anything bigger than a car. What are our rights to have it removed. We all have a space with our house no on it.
jacquie - 18-Jan-17 @ 1:08 PM
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