You must use paycards for public car parks and in chargeable parking areas on the street.
You can buy paycards from many places, including:
- local shops
- post offices
Paycards can be bought individually or in books of 10.
You must display paycards face up on the dashboard of your vehicle so that all of the paycard areas are visible from outside the car. Overlapping paycards will result in a fine.
There are five sections on a paycard. You must scratch the silver coating off in each of the sections to indicate:
- arrival time in hours
- arrival time in minutes (to the nearest five minutes)
For example, if you arrive at 10.15am on Tuesday 3 February you would scratch the silver off in the following areas:
- [TUE] in the day section
-  in the date section
- [FEB] in the month section
-  on the outer ring of the clock (arrival hour)
-  on the inner ring of the clock (arrival minutes)
Places that paycards must be used
Paycards are valid in:
- chargeable public car parks between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday (be aware of the maximum time restrictions in public car parks - some are all day car parks, whereas some have a maximum stay of three hours)
- 20 minute and one hour zones on-street in St Helier between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday
- resident parking zones, on street visitor parking Monday to Sunday between 8am and 10pm
You do not need to use paycards on Bank Holidays or Sundays. Parking is free on these days (except in resident parking zones).
One unit can last for:
depending on the car park or on street area you use. Always check the signage to see how long a paycard is valid for.
Long and short stay car parks
When a parking fine will be issued
If any of the scratched details are not visible, are scratched incorrectly, or are not scratched, then you will be issued with a parking fine.
- if you're using more than one paycard, they must all have the same details scratched off
- if you make a mistake when scratching your paycard, you must discard it and scratch another
- if you can’t scratch off the silver coating, either mark the intended details very clearly by using a pen or make a hole
- lightly marked details are not acceptable
If you park for longer than your scratched paycards are valid for, then you will get a parking fine. You will also get a parking fine if you stay longer than the maximum time restriction in a parking area, regardless of whether your paycards are valid.
Eco permits and paycards are only available from Parking Control Office in Sand Street car park.
Eco-friendly parking permits
If you park frequently and for long periods of time, then season tickets may be cheaper and more convenient.