Parking fines or PCNs are mandatory penalties that vehicle owners must pay to council authorities. Through this blog post, we will discuss the modes of payment that can be used to pay a PCN in Islington Council. In addition to this, we will also review some parking rules in the area, how to appeal against a PCN if your beliveee that you have been charged with a fine in error and what are the potential consequences when someone fails to pay their PCN.

How Do I Pay PCN In Islington Council?

You can pay your Parking Charge Notice (PCN) or parking fine in Islington Council using the 10 digit PCN number that starts with “IS” or “IZ”.

Payments for a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) can be made in one of the following ways:

  • cash
  • cheque 
  • credit card 
  • debit card 
  • postal order

In case of payment through cheque, you are advised to write your PCN number on the reverse side of the cheque. In the case of postal orders, cash should not be sent through the post. 

If you pay the parking fine within 14 days of receiving the notice, you will be able to avail of a 50 per cent discount on the amount charged.

A PCN is issued by council authorities if someone has violated parking laws on public land such as council car park or high street. In addition to parking offences, a PCN can also be charged for breaking traffic rules, failing to follow road signs, not paying the charges for the London congestion zone or low emission zone.

Depending on the severity of the action, PCN charges can range between £50 to £130 and must be paid within due time.

What Are The Parking Rules In Islington Council?

Some of the key parking rules in Islington Council are as follows:

  • If you are a resident of Islington Council wishing to park your car near your home, you will need to apply for a parking permit unless you live in a permit free property. The cost of this permit will depend on the type of vehicle that you use such as a car, van or motorbike.
  • Each eligible resident in Islington Council will be issued one resident permit for parking their vehicle.  To qualify for a permit, you must make sure that your vehicle does not exceed a maximum of 5m in length or 2.5m in height.
  • As a resident of Islington Council, if you wish for your visitors and guests to park near your home you will need to purchase parking vouchers for them. Using these vouchers, they can park in any resident permit holder bay or any resident shared-use bay. They may be charged with a PCN if they parked out of the bay or within time limits.
  • In the case of visitor vouchers, there is no limitation on the size and weight of vehicles. However, caravans and trailers cannot be issued a visitor voucher.
  • If you are visiting Islington Council for construction or maintenance related work, you will need a Permission to Park Notice. Starting from a daily cost of £29.50, it goes up to £117.50 for a monthly charge.
  • Permission to Park applies to all vehicles as long as the purpose of their use in the council area is to facilitate building, construction, demolition, repair or maintenance work, or other operations or works to premises or land adjacent to a parking place. If a vehicle is found to be parked in the council area for any other reason, it may be charged with a PCN.
  • If you have changed or added a new vehicle to your household, you must complete the change of vehicle or additional vehicle request form.

How Many Days Do I Have To Pay For A PCN?

Once a penalty charge notice is issued by council authorities, you will have 28 days to make the payment and in case the amount is paid within 14 days, you may even get a 50 per cent discount on the fine.

However, whether or not you will be able to make a PCN payment online depends on the following factors:

  • The date when the PCN was issued 
  • The due date for the PCN payment
  • The authority who issued the charge
  • The amount of charge in GBP

If your PCN is more than 60 days old, you have been issued an  ‘Order for Recovery of Unpaid Penalty Charge Notice’ more than 21 days ago or you’ve been issued a bailiff’s letter, you will not be able to make an online payment to clear your PCN charges. In this case, you may have to pay through cheque, postal order or in person at the council post office.

If you do not pay your PCN within 28 days, you will be issued a charge certificate after which you will have 14 days to clear your dues. If you fail to do so, an additional amount of 50 per cent will be added to your PCN charges.

Can I Appeal Against A PCN?

Yes, if you believe that you have been incorrectly charged with Penalty Charge Notice, you can appeal to your local council office with your Vehicle Registration Number and Penalty Charge Notice number. However, you must make the appeal before paying for the PCN charges; unless your vehicle has been removed due to a violation of parking restrictions.

If a vehicle owner does not respond to notices left on their car, they will be sent a formal notice termed as a Notice To Owner. They can make a formal appeal to the council in response to this if they have evidence to prove their claim.

If your appeal is found to be valid, you will receive a Notice of Acceptance and the charges will be removed. However, if your appeal is rejected, you will receive a Notice of Rejection. You may still contend this through the London Tribunals, however, if you do not pay the charge even after their response, the council can send a debt collection agency to recover the amount. 

How Do I Appeal Against PCN?

In the case of a notice left on your vehicle by a traffic warden, you must make your appeal before the date mentioned on the notice for payment of your fine. In case of car park charges, you will need to following documents to file an appeal:

  • A copy of your season ticket if it allows you to park in the car park.
  • A copy of your pay and display ticket if it was claimed not to be shown properly. 
  • Your booking reference number and mobile phone if you paid through your mobile.
  • An explanation of not parking within the lines if that was the issue.

Meanwhile, in the case of on-street parking charges, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • A copy of your pay and display ticket if it was claimed to be not shown properly. 
  • A copy of your parking permit if it was claimed not to be shown properly.
  • A copy of your Blue Badge if it was claimed not to be shown properly. 
  • Proof of purchase from a garage in case your vehicle broke down in the street.
  • A letter of confirmation from a medical professional if you had to park on the street due to a medical emergency.
  • A copy of the delivery note if you had parked temporarily to make a delivery.
  • A copy of the hiring agreement of you had hired your car to someone else.
  • Proof of purchase or sale of you did not own the vehicle at the time of incident/notice.
  • The police crime reference number and the phone number of the police station in case your vehicle was stolen when the PCN was issued.
  • Photographs of the area if the parking space did not have any clear marking or mention of parking restrictions.

Can I Park In Front Of A Driveway Without A Dropped Kerb?

Legally speaking, yes, you can park in front of a driveway that doesn’t have a dropped kerb; however, you must realise that by doing so you will be causing an obstruction for the residents’ vehicle to pass through.

In case a driveway does have a dropped kerb, you will be in violation of parking rules and can be charged a fine of £90 for parking in front of it.

If your vehicle is found to be obstructing the driveway of a homeowner, you may be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice whether or not there is a dropped kerb in the driveway.

You should also keep in mind that if you obstruct someone’s driveway by parking your car in front of it, they may do the same with you by blocking your vehicle as well. Since there is a potential for a dispute in such matters, it is best to avoid parking in front of a driveway.

What Are Blue Badge Parking Concessions?

Blue Badge concessions are given to drivers with certain medical conditions in the UK, enabling them to park closer to their destinations. As a Blue Badge holder, you can ask your local council to allocate you parking space that is close to home.

If you qualify for a Blue Badge, you may be able to park for free in the following locations:

  • Unlimited parking on streets with parking meters or pay-and-display machines 
  • Unlimited parking (unless a time limit is displayed on a sign) in disabled parking bays on streets
  • Parking for up to three hours on single or double yellow lines (unless there’s a ‘no loading’ sign)

However, you must keep in mind that having a Blue Badge does not allow claimants to park their car anywhere; they just qualify for certain concessions in specific areas. They will still need to follow parking regulations and can get fined for breaking parking rules. 


The detailed discsussion in the article about paying a PCN in Islington Council highlights how a PCN can be made to council authorities, as well as how it can be challenged inf a vehicle owner believes that they have been fined in error. To avoid any such misunderstandings it is suggested to study the parking rules of the council or seek their advice prior to any action as council authorities generally have photographic evidence with regards to PCNs. Therefore, an error may be possible but the chances are quite low.

FAQs: How Do I Pay PCN In Islington Council?

Who is liable to pay a PCN?

The owner or Registered Keeper of the vehicle against which a parking fine has been issued is liable to the PCN.

How do I pay my rent to Islington Council?

You can pay your rent in Islington Council by phone using a credit or debit card. For details you can contact the council at 020 7527 8000.

How do you pay for parking online?

You need to visit the website of the council authorities and select the parking fines section. Here, you will find the option to pay a parking fine by entering the PCN number, the vehicle registration number, your credit or debit card number and the amount that your need to pay.

Is there a time limit on a PCN?

While there is no time limit on a PCN, if you pay the fine wihtin 14 days of a ticket being issued you can get a 50 percent dicoutn on the bill. If you do not make a payment wihtin 28 days, the council authorities will send you a formal notice to pay and eventually this may lead to a court notice if the PCN remains unpaid.

What is the penalty charge for stopping in a yellow box?

There is no penalty charge for stopping in a yellow box as this is considered to be a minor infringememnt.


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John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.

John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.