Overnight parking ban

Cornwall Council wants to support local businesses and encourage visitors to use the many high quality motorhome and campsites throughout Cornwall. There are many sites which provide clean and safe facilities for campers at a range of town, village and coastal locations.

Overnight sleeping has always been banned in Council car parks and following complaints from residents and town and parish councils, we introduced a new overnight parking ban for motorhomes* and caravans in 17 Council car parks identified as having the biggest issues.

These car parks are:

Bude, Cresent

Bude, Viewing Point North

Falmouth, Gyllyngvase

Lelant, Lelant Saltings

Looe, Kilminorth Woods

Looe, Millpool

Looe, Riverbank

Marazion, Marazion Station

Newquay, Pentire Headland

Newquay, Towan Headland

Newquay, Tregunnel

Newquay, Watergate Bay

Penzance, Harbour

Perranporth, Wheal Leisure


St Ives, Trenwith

Widemouth Bay

Motorhomes and caravans can continue to use all Council car parks during the day, but cannot park in the 17 car parks listed above between the hours of 11.30pm and 8am. Please note, overnight sleeping continues to be banned in all 240 Council-owned car parks. Those found to be in contravention of the overnight parking ban will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) for £70.00

Find out more about penalty charge notices and how to appeal if you feel you have been incorrectly issued with a PCN. 

*A motorhome/campervan is defined as any vehicle constructed or adapted for use as a mobile place of sleeping – ranging from a custom-built motorhome to an estate car with a mattress in the back.