Verge and footway parking

Report damage to a verge

Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) is the local Highways Authority they are responsible for the majority of grass verges across the borough.

Contact Hertfordshire County Council's highways department who are responsible for verge maintenance.


Verge and Footway Prohibition Orders

We have introduced a Verge and Footway Prohibition Orders (VFPO) in parts of the Borough. This will be indicated by yellow signage stating "at any time on verge or footway"

This restricts parking on the footway, verges, vehicle crossovers and other green areas. It cannot tackle driving over a verge or footway or any other verge issues not relating to a parked vehicle. 

Check if your road has a VFPO

Check on the links below if your road is already covered or on the following link to see if its being considered for a VFPO on our programme of planned works.

The restrictions apply at all times, and any vehicle seen by the Civil Enforcement Officers parking on the public verge or footway, will be issued a Penalty Charge Notice. If you see any vehicles parked in such a manner in these roads, please contact 01279 655261.

If your road/area is not listed you can request it is considered for a future parking consultation.

Blue Badge Holders

Blue Badge Holders may also park upon vehicle crossovers for up to 3 hours.

Vehicles parked on the footway

Areas not currently covered by a VFPO do not specifically ban parking on a public footway. If a vehicle is parked on a public footway adjacent to a single or double yellow line during enforcement times action can be taken.


Report vehicles parked on a verge

We have a bye-law to reduce grass verge damage, by preventing cars from parking on them. This can only be enforced when an Officer witnesses someone driving onto the verge to park. The bye-law only applies to roads that is not covered by a VFPO (see below). The street may have a white sign displayed relating to a bye-law or fine amount.

We can write to registered keepers of vehicles parking on verges, to advise them not to park in these areas.

To report vehicles parked on a verge contact us at with:

  • the vehicle registration number
  • exact location
  • photograph of the vehicle on the verge showing the registration number 
  • time and date of the incident

Please ensure you take care when photographing the vehicle and do not put yourself at risk.