Workplace Parking Licensing Regulations and Guidance

Closed 6 Sep 2021

Opened 11 Jun 2021

Feedback updated 8 Dec 2021

We asked

The Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 introduced a discretionary workplace parking licensing (WPL) power available to local authorities. It will be for the local authority to decide whether they wish to use that power and to shape proposals to suit local circumstances.

As part of our commitment to reduce car kilometres by 20% by 2030, the Climate Change Plan update committed to take forward policy consultation in advance of drafting regulations and guidance to enable local authorities to implement WPL schemes that suit their local requirements. Providing local authorities with discretionary powers to implement a WPL scheme supports National Transportation Strategy outcomes of reducing congestion and tackling climate/air emissions.

We asked for your views on certain technical elements of the Workplace Parking Licensing (WPL) regulations and guidance that will underpin local authorities’ WPL schemes, and what potential impacts of the regulations and guidance may be expected.

You said

We received 62 responses to the consultation, of which 37 were from organisations and 25 from individuals. A number of key themes were evident across consultation questions as well as across respondent groups. Some of these were outwith the scope of the consultation and were general comments on WPL and, as such, will be more appropriate for local authorities to consider when designing and implementing local WPL schemes.

Key themes include the importance of transparency and accountability in WPL schemes, the importance of alternative modes of transport. Some respondents raised concerns that WPL schemes will disproportionately impact low paid and shift workers and city centre businesses.

We did

An analysis of the responses to the consultation has been published on the Transport Scotland website, and responses published where respondents indicated permission to do so. The responses to the consultation will help inform the supporting regulations and guidance to enable local authorities to implement WPL schemes that suit their local circumstances.

As set out in the Climate Change Plan update, the intention is for regulations and guidance to be in force in 2022.

Published responses

View submitted responses where consent has been given to publish the response.


The Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 introduced a discretionary power for local authorities to implement Workplace Parking Licensing (WPL) schemes. The Act provides the legislative framework for WPL and confers powers on Scottish Ministers to make regulations in relation to certain elements. This consultation provides an opportunity for stakeholders and the general public to offer their views on the key aspects of WPL regulations and guidance that will derive from the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019.

Why your views matter

This consultation on Workplace Parking Licensing (WPL) Scheme regulations and guidance gives us an opportunity to seek your opinions on the regulatory framework and supporting guidance which will underpin local authorities’ WPL schemes, should they choose to implement WPL.

Read the consultation paper. 

What happens next

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us prepare WPL regulations and guidance. Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so. An analysis report will be published.


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