Car Parking and Parking Permits






The Town Council operates six pay and display car parks in Swanage at the following locations:

Please pay for your parking by telephone, JustPark phone app, or card, if possible. However, the facility to pay by cash is still available if required.


Please note that the maximum stay period applicable in each car park is being enforced. If you are unsure about the relevant stay periods, please review this information through the links to the individual car parks above. Thank you.


Electric Vehicle Charging Facilities - the Town Council is thrilled to announce that it has now installed two Open Charge POD Point electric vehicle charging points in its Main Beach car park, and one in its Mermond Place car park. These are the first public electric vehicle charging points to be installed in the Purbeck area. Please follow the links above for further information, charging instructions, and live availability.


Spaces for Blue Badge Holders are allocated in all car parks, but please note that the car park fee applies.  A list of the charges payable can be accessed here.


Camper vans and motorhomes are welcome in the North Beach and Main Beach car parks. The standard car parking fee applies, however, if you need to park across more than one marked parking bay then you will be required to purchase a ticket for each bay utilised accordingly. Please also note that there are no camping/no overnight sleeping facilities available in the car parks. There are, however, a variety of campsites and holiday parks in the local area offering such facilities, please contact Swanage Information Centre, or visit the 'Visit Swanage and Purbeck' tourism website, for further information or assistance.


JustPark cashless parking payment facilities               



The Town Council is delighted to be working with JustPark to make parking easy and stress-free for residents and visitors. The user-friendly payment system offers a quick and reliable alternative to cash - giving drivers more choice and providing a positive parking experience.

JustPark went 'live' in Swanage on Tuesday 29th May 2018, and is currently being rolled out to car parks across Poole and Dorset, so users will only need to register once to park in the area. Check the JustPark app or website to see which car parks are included.


Please visit our 'Cashless Parking in Swanage with JustPark' page for full details and instructions, and to download the app.


Alternatively, please visit


  • See details of car parks in Swanage through the links above.


Residents’ Car Parking Permit

Residents of Swanage and the surrounding villages of Langton Matravers, Studland, Worth Matravers, Harmans Cross, Corfe Castle, Kingston, Church Knowle, Kimmeridge and Steeple are eligible to apply for a Residents’ Car Parking Permit. This entitles the permit holder to park in the Residents’ Car Park, off Horsecliffe Lane behind the Recreation Ground. A small hourly charge applies in the summer, but parking is free in the winter.

You can apply for a residents' parking permit by submitting copies of the following documents to the Town Council.

(a) Your current Council Tax Bill and Vehicle Registration Document (V5), or

(b) Your current Council Tax Bill and New Keeper Slip. 

Please note that an administration charge of £5 will be charged for each new or replacement permit.

Please see the information sheet below for further details and for information on how to apply and pay for the permit. Thank you.


Residents' Parking Permit information sheet