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H Bar Markings (Access protection markings)

Access protection markings, also known as H bar markings, are white lines placed on the road, normally in front of driveways and garages. 

They help drivers identify that if they park there they may be causing an obstruction and that they shouldn’t block access to off-road parking areas.

What does a H Bar marking look like?

H bar markings are easily recognisable to help deter drivers from parking inconsiderately.


How to apply for a H Bar Marking?

You can apply for a H Bar Marking online​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window. You will need to register first and then select the link for ‘Access Protection Markings“H” Bars” from the dropdown list.

You cannot apply for a H bar marking over shared use access points unless you have written consent of everyone permitted to use that access point, or where some other parking restrictions are already present, for example double yellow lines.

You can view a full list of terms and conditions on the H Bar Terms and Conditions document (120kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window before you apply.

How much will it cost?

There is a charge of £155 per H Bar Marking, which is non-refundable. Payment must be made by Debit or Credit card before the application can be processed. There is no charge for Blue Badge Holders.

What happens next?

When you submit your request it will need to be assessed to ensure all the required details are complete. 

When your request is approved and the H Bar Marking process is completed you will receive email confirmation with the documents and cover letter. 

At any stage you can log in to view the status of your request​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​External link opens in a new window

Can someone be fined for parking on a H Bar Marking?

Yes. While it is not in itself an offence to park on a H Bar marking, a Penalty Charge Notice (parking fine) may be issued if the H bar marking is placed where the kerb has been lowered to allow for vehicle access across the footway.

If you see a vehicle parked on a H bar marking where the kerb has also been lowered then it can be reported to us confidentially.