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School streets

​COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – School Street enforcement is suspended until further notice. However, any Penalty Charge Notices previously issued for driving in a School Street will still need to either be paid or appealed​​.
Roads around school gates are often dominated by cars – many causing a danger to children and contributing to harmful pollution levels in the area. ​

We want to ensure that children in Cardiff can attend school as safely as possible and from 6th January 2020 we will be piloting a school street scheme to help reduce traffic around 5 school entrances during peak drop off and pick up times. 

Download the decision to introduce school streets (938kb PDF)​​Link opens in a new window .

How it works

During term time motor vehicles will not be permitted to drive in the streets around our 5 pilot schools on weekdays between 8.30am to 9.15am and 2.45pm to 3.45pm​.​

Signs will inform drivers of the restrictions at the entrance to the school Street and any unauthorised vehicles entering during restricted times will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice. 

School streets
​School​ ​Location and map ​​​Zone reference
​Ysgol Melin Gruffydd Glan y Nant Road, Glan Y Nant Terrace, Davis’s Terrace (698kb PDF)​​​Link opens in a new window ​SZ1
​Ysgol Pencaerau ​Cyntwell Avenue (255kb PDF)​​​​Link opens in a new window ​SZ2
​Peter Lea Primary school Carter Place (924kb PDF)​​​​External link opens in a new window ​SZ3
​Llandaff City Church in Wales Hendre Close (185kb PDF)​​Link opens in a new window ​SZ4
​Lansdowne Primary school Norfolk Street (180kb PDF​)​​Link opens in a new window ​SZ5

School Street (SZ) permits 

You may be able to apply for a permit which will allow your vehicle to drive in a School Street during restricted times. 

All School Street permits are free and need to be applied for online​. Please allow 5 working days for your permit application to be considered. 

You can apply for a permit if you live in a School Street and your vehicle is registered to your address. You will need to provide evidence of your residency (such as a council tax or utility bill) and proof your vehicle is kept at your address such as your V5c vehicle registration or insurance documents. For company vehicles you will be required to upload proof of residency.

These permits will last for up to 1 year or until your residency ends; whichever comes first.

Please be aware that these permits are not parking permits, and if you are a resident you will need to apply for a parking permit separately if you have permit parking on your street.
We will issue you with an annual School Street Permit free of charge if you are a Blue Badge holder and when:

  • you or your child attend a school in the school street 
  • you are a staff member of one of our trial schools
  • you are a resident of a school street ​

You will need to upload proof of eligibility, and applications can take up to 5 working days to be considered.

These permits will last for up to 1 year, or until your blue badge expires; whichever comes first.

You can apply for a free short term temporary waiver if you are a Blue Badge holder and need temporary
 access to the school street. 

These will last up to 2 calendar days.

You will need your Blue Badge reference number to hand.

Only residents and blue badge holders can apply for school street permits. Vehicles driven by the following are not permitted to enter the school street during operating times:

  • trades people
  • contractors
  • visitors
  • parents and school staff
  • delivery people
  • taxis

If a vehicle does not have a valid permit the driver will need to make arrangements so that they do not drive in the School Street, such as finding parking nearby or arranging to visit outside of the restricted times. 

Vehicles belonging to genuine visitors that are already within the School Street before the times of operation will be able to leave without incurring a fine. 


It is an offence to enter or drive in an active school Street without a valid school street permit. We will use enforcement cameras to monitor school streets and issue fines (Penalty Charge Notices​) to offenders. 

The fine for this offence is £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 21 days. If the fine is ignored the penalty will increase. There will be a right of appeal if you believe the Penalty Charge Notice should not have been issued. 

Enforcement will take place when schools are open​.​

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