Further details of contravention code 16

Contravention code 16 is summarised as parked in a permit space without displaying a valid permit.

Parking Permit bays

Contravention code 16 shall be used for all vehicles seen to be parked in designated Parking Permit bays without correctly displaying a valid permit. A five-minute observation period will be applied.

This contravention is currently only applicable in the Pedestrian Zone area in Castle Street, Belfast and Fountain Street, Belfast.

  • is loading/ unloading permitted? Yes, but only during permitted hours
  • are Blue Badge holders exempt? No

Exemptions to enforcement

Vehicles are not permitted to park in a permit space without displaying a valid permit with the following exemptions:

  • council/ government department in pursuance of statutory duties
  • emergency services (fire, police, ambulance, customs)
  • postal
  • statutory undertaking (NIE Networks, NI Water, BT, and so on)
  • loading/ unloading – during permitted hours
  • with police permission

You can find out more about exemptions to enforcement on the following page: 


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