Pavement, double and dropped kerb parking ban

With changes to Scotland wide parking legislation, councils have powers to enforce a ban on:

  • Pavement parking
  • Double-parking (more than 50cm from the edge of a carriageway)
  • Parking at dropped kerbs installed for pedestrian or cycle usage

The rules are in place from 11th December 2023. Drivers could be fined £100 for these parking offences but we will be running an awareness raising campaign first, highlighting that.

Find out about the issues caused by pavement parking

View parking privacy notices.


There are some exemptions in place that allow pavement parking, such as:

  • Emergency services and medical practitioners responding to an emergency, accident or their normal operation
  • Deliveries and collections that can't be done without the vehicle being parked on a pavement
  • Vehicles used for roadworks or removal of obstructions

Please note blue badge holders are not exempt from pavement parking rules.

View full details of exemptions, in the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019.

We can also consider exemptions to specific locations if:

  • the pavement layout or character would allow for a width of 1.5 metres to remain unobstructed when any part of a vehicle is parked on it
  • the layout or character of the carriageway associated with the pavement would obstruct an emergency vehicle, if a vehicle parked on the carriageway

We identified and assessed over 800 streets across Aberdeenshire, to determine if they should be exempt from the ban. In our assessments we have only recommended exemptions where there is an accessible alternative way for pedestrians; either on an opposite pavement or on a carriageway appropriate for shared use, and ideally with a speed limit not exceeding 20mph.

Exempt locations will be clearly signed and marked. These locations have exemptions in place:

  • Collieston: High Town, Slains Road
  • Drumlithie: Glenbervie Road
  • Fordyce: Pitchaidlie Place
  • Inverurie: Provosts Circle
  • Muchalls: Monduff Road, Stranathro Terrace
  • Oldmeldrum: King Street
  • Tarves: Tree Road

View the exemption orders.

If a location is not exempt but you think it should be, you can request an exemption.

Request assessment for location exemption

Report pavement parking

If you are aware of pavement, double and dropped kerb parking, you can report this to us. We will investigate submitted reports, but we can only take action where we see the offence.  

Report pavement, double or dropped kerb parking

Please note parking restrictions for heavy commercial vehicles (HGVs) are not enforced by the council. You should contact police to report HGVs.


If you have any queries, please use the contact form to submit them to us. 

Contact Parking team