Car parks and on-street parking

We provide a range of car parks across the borough; some are free and others are pay and display or pay on exit. Please check the signs in the car park.

Up to three hours free parking is available in town centre off-street car parks on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s also free after 5pm seven days a week with charges resuming at 7am. Whenever you park you will always need a ticket, even when it is free. Please always check the signs in the car park if you have any doubt.

You can pay for parking through the RingGo app, by phone, or by using a pay and display machine.

Town centre car parks

Our town centre car parks are split into shopper and commuter zones, with pay and display and pay on exit offering easy access to shops, leisure attractions and the workplace.

Free parking

Parking is free for up to three hours in off-street car parks on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays. After three hours, a rate of 50p per 30 minutes will be charged in the shopper zone car parks closest to the town centre, and 30p per 30 minutes in the commuter zone slightly further out of town. The maximum stay is 24 hours.

Parking is also free in off-street car parks after 5pm seven days a week.

Please check the signs where you park for any charges and restrictions to avoid getting a penalty charge notice.

Shopper zone

The shopper zone offers parking within a three-minute walk for shops and leisure customers.

  • Weekday charges are £2 for up to three hours, then 50p per 30 minutes, up to a maximum charge of £9 for 24 hours
  • Weekend charges are free for up to three hours, then 50p per 30 minutes, up to a maximum charge of £7 for 24 hours.
  • Permits and season tickets are not valid in these car parks.

Shopper zone car parks are:

  • The Seam Lower Shopper (was Courthouse Lower Red bays)
  • The Seam Upper Shopper (was Courthouse Upper short)
  • Grahams Orchard
  • John Street
  • Market Gate Car Park
  • Sackville Street
  • St Marys Place
  • The Glass Works

Commuter zone

The commuter zone offers parking within a five minute walk suitable for commuters.

  • Weekday charges are £2 for up to three hours, then 30p per 30 minutes, up to a maximum charge of £6 for 24 hours.
  • Weekend charges are free for up to three hours, then 30p per 30 minutes, up to a maximum charge of £4 for 24 hours.
  • Permits and season tickets are valid in these car parks.

Commuter zone car parks are:

  • Berneslai Close
  • Joseph Street
  • Burleigh Street West
  • Churchfields
  • The Seam Lower Commuter (was Courthouse Lower white bays)
  • The Seam Upper Commuter (was Courthouse Upper long stay)
  • Mark Street
  • Pitt Street

On-street parking

On-street pay-and-display parking spaces in the town centre are clearly marked. 

Charges apply seven days a week, 24 hours a day. These are 90p per 30 minutes in the shopper zone, and 45p per 30 minutes in the commuter zone. Bank holidays are free.

The maximum stay is 24 hours.

Check the signs where you park for any charges and restrictions to avoid getting a penalty charge notice. 

Free parking outside the town centre

We have free parking in the following areas:

  • Cudworth: Bank Street, Robert Street and Snydale Road
  • Darton: Church Street
  • Goldthorpe: Market Street, Whitworth Street, Queen Street and the A635
  • Hoyland: Duke Street
  • Penistone: Shrewsbury Road and Park Avenue
  • Royston: Church Street
  • Wombwell: Summer Lane, Cemetery Road, Snowden Terrace, Mayflower Way (formerly Hawson Street) and Station Road

Check the signs where you park for any charges and restrictions to avoid getting a penalty charge notice.

Parking at our museums

We manage parking facilities at Cannon Hall, Worsbrough Mill and Elsecar Heritage. Our town centre car parks provide easy access for visitors to Experience Barnsley and Cooper Art Gallery

Check the signs where you park for any charges and restrictions to avoid getting a penalty charge notice.

Blue Badge parking

If you're a Blue Badge holder you can park in any council on-street parking space free of charge. Check signs for any time restrictions. Always ensure both your Blue Badge and clock are clearly displayed at all times. Failure to display both of these may result in a penalty charge notice.

Charges do apply in all town centre off-street car parks. See charges above.

Dedicated Blue Badge parking spaces are clearly marked in the following on-street locations:

  • Blucher Street
  • Eldon Street
  • Hanson Street
  • Market Hill
  • New Street
  • Pall Mall
  • Peel Street
  • Shambles Street
  • Wellington Street
  • Westgate
  • Wortley Street

You won't be able to park in the following locations:

  • resident-only parking zones unless you have a residents' parking permit for the zone
  • pedestrian zones - access is prohibited for all vehicles during restricted hours
  • restricted areas marked by yellow 'no waiting' cones
  • loading restriction zones - sections of primary routes, junctions etc. where parking would cause severe obstruction - check signs for restricted hours

You can find out more in the national Blue Badge scheme guidance.

Residents' parking

Some of our parking zones are marked as reserved for residents only. To park in a residents' parking zone you'll need to apply for a residents' parking permit for that zone.

You'll need to display a valid permit for the appropriate zone when parking in one of these areas, or you may receive a penalty charge notice.

Check the signs where you park for any charges and restrictions to avoid getting a penalty charge notice.

Season tickets for parking

You can buy a season ticket which allows you to park in any commuter zone car park and the following on-street parking bays:

  • Burleigh Street
  • Castlereagh Street
  • Churchfield
  • Doncaster Road
  • Falcon Street
  • George Street
  • Heelis Street
  • Pitt Street West
  • Sackville Street
  • Thomas Street
  • Wood Street
  • York Street

A ticket costs £978 for a full year. You can order a season ticket or request a replacement by completing our season ticket application form and emailing it back to us.

Before we process your application, we’ll ring you and ask you to pay the full cost of the permit, or the administration fee if you’re applying for a replacement. You can pay by debit or credit card.

Your season ticket will be ready to collect from the Town Hall reception three working days from the date we take your payment. You can pick it up between 9am and 4pm any weekday and you’ll need to show some photographic ID.

Failure to display a valid season ticket may result in a penalty charge.

Parking fines and restrictions

Please make sure you check the signs where you park for any restrictions, and park considerately. If you ignore any restrictions you may receive a parking penalty charge notice.

Restrictions are designed to make it easier for you to get to places as quickly, conveniently and safely as possible. We need to enforce these restrictions to make sure that our roads are safe and to keep traffic flowing properly. It's also important for us to make sure that the available parking spaces are used fairly to give everyone the access that they need.

See parking enforcement for more information on parking penalty charges and how to pay them.

Electric vehicle charging

Electric vehicle charging points are being installed at a number of car parks across the borough and we plan to introduce more soon. Most are in areas where many residents don’t have access to off-street parking and may wish to park their vehicles to charge overnight. The chargers will also be available to anyone visiting these local centres and attractions during the day.

Charging will cost 30p per kilowatt. Users can download the Shell Recharge app to their smartphone or scan the QR code on each charger to pay online. A telephone payment service is also available for those unable to use the smartphone app.

The car parks with new charge points are:

  • Bank Street Car Park, Cudworth
  • Churchfields Car Park, Town Centre
  • Duke Street Car Park, Hoyland
  • Elsecar Heritage Centre Car Park, Elsecar
  • Queen Street Car Park, Goldthorpe
  • Sackville Street Car Park, Town Centre
  • Shrewsbury Road Car Park, Penistone
  • Summer Lane Car Park, Wombwell
  • Wombwell Park and Ride

Some of these are already installed with others coming in October 2021.

For more information see our EV frequently asked questions.