Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) contravention codes with descriptions

Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) contravention codes are a standard system of digit-based codes used throughout Northern Ireland. These appear on each parking ticket (PCN) or bus lane PCN together with a description of the offence.

Contravention codes

Below is a list of PCN contravention codes with the relevant code number and contravention description.

On-street parking contravention codes for double and single yellow lines

Contravention code Description
01 Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours (non-goods vehicles)
01- Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours (goods vehicles)
01. Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours (Blue Badge - parked for longer than three hours)
01x Parked in a restricted street within 15m of a junction
02 Parked or loading/unloading in a restricted street where waiting and loading/unloading restrictions are in force

Other on-street parking contravention codes

Contravention code Description
05 Parked after the expiry of paid time at a pay and display bay
06 Parked without clearly displaying a valid pay and display ticket (non-goods vehicles) or having a valid cashless parking event
06. Parked without clearly displaying a valid pay and display ticket (goods vehicles) or having a valid cashless parking event
14

Parked in an electric vehicles’ charging place during restricted hours without charging

16 Parked in a permit space without displaying a valid permit
22

Re-parked in the same parking place within one hour (or other specified time) of leaving

23 Parked in a parking place or area not designated for that class of vehicle
24 Not parked wholly within the markings of the bay or space (Controlled Parking Zones only)
24. Not parked wholly within the markings of the bay or space (non-goods vehicles) (Controlled Parking Zones only)
24-

Not parked wholly within the markings of the bay or space (goods vehicles) (Controlled Parking Zones only)

25 Parked in a loading place during restricted hours without loading (non-goods vehicles)
25. Parked in a loading place during restricted hours without loading (goods vehicles)
26 Vehicle not parked close to the edge of carriageway and not within a designated parking space
30 Parked for longer than permitted
34 Vehicle seen contravening bus lane regulations
40 Parked in a designated disabled person's parking place without clearly displaying a valid disabled person's parking badge
43 Parked in a parking place designated for doctors' vehicles
44 Parked in a parking place designated for coaches
45 Parked on a taxi rank
46C

Parked on a clearway during hours of operation

46F Parked on a footway adjacent to a clearway which is not permitted at any time
47 Parked on a restricted bus stop/ stand
48

Parked in a restricted area outside a school

49 Parked wholly or partly on a mandatory cycle lane
54 Failing to comply with a sign indicating a restriction on vehicles entering and waiting in a Pedestrian Zone (where loading is not permitted)
54- Failing to comply with a sign indicating a restriction on vehicles entering and waiting in a Pedestrian Zone (non-goods vehicles)
54.

Failing to comply with a sign indicating a restriction on vehicles entering and waiting in a Pedestrian Zone (goods vehicles)

99C

Stopped on a pedestrian crossing and/ or crossing area marked by zigzags

99F

Stopped on a footway adjacent to a pedestrian crossing and/ or crossing area marked by zigzags

Off-street (car parks) contravention codes

Contravention code Description
71 Parked in an electric vehicle's charging place during operating hours without charging
80 Parked for longer than the maximum period permitted
82

Parked after the expiry of time paid for in a pay and display car park

83 Parked in a pay and display car park without clearly displaying a valid pay and display ticket or having a valid cashless parking event
86 Not parked wholly within the markings of the bay/ space
87 Parked in a disabled persons parking space without clearly displaying a valid disabled persons badge
91 Parked in an area not designated for that class of vehicle

Bus lane and other bus priority measures contravention codes

Contravention code Description
34F

Vehicle detected contravening bus lane regulations, fixed camera enforcement

34M Vehicle detected contravening bus lane regulations, mobile camera enforcement
51 Vehicle detected failing to comply with a 'No Entry' sign (buses-only street), fixed camera enforcement

Parking Enforcement Protocol

The Parking Enforcement Protocol provides information on parking enforcement, including procedures for issuing parking tickets, the role of traffic attendants, the process for challenging a penalty charge notice and details on the contravention codes used.

You can view a copy of this protocol using the link below:

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