South Ayrshire Parking Scheme (2 hours free)


Frequently asked questions

How do i claim my 2 free hours? 

New ticket-less machines have been installed within Ayr, known as Pay by Plate parking machines

When you arrive at the on-street Pay By Plate machines, you must register your vehicle using the on-screen instructions, then you can use the bay for free for up to two hours. When you return, remove your vehicle, and do not return to that location within one hour, this ensures there is a good turnover of spaces. 

 When should i purchase a ticket?

Once you have parked for free, you can return to your vehicle and move to another Pay & Display location and also park there for free, as long as you are still within your two hours.

If you do move your vehicle to a different Pay By Plate street on the same day, after your two hours has expired, you will need to purchase a ticket at the machine.

Parking updates

Parking update: Monday 8 January 2024

New cashless "pay by plate" machines have been installed throughout South Ayrshire.


Parking update: Sunday 19 November 2023

From Sunday 19 November 2023 until Monday 8 January 2024 Pay and Display parking charges will be suspended throughout South Ayrshire whilst new cashless "pay by plate" parking machines are installed. 


Parking update: Thursday 31 August 2023

Two hours free on-street parking has been introduced in Ayr Town Centre. The changes mean that anyone can enjoy one free stay of up to two hours each day and pay absolutely nothing.

The free parking applies to the following streets, but does not include car parks:

Alloway Street,

Barns Street,

Boswell Park,

Burns Statue Square,

Cathcart Street,

Charlotte Street,

Citadel Place,

Dalblair Road,

Douglas Street,

Fort Street,

Fullarton Street,

George Street,

Kyle Street,

Mill Street,

Mill Wynd,

New Bridge Street,

Parkhouse Street,

River Terrace,


Smith Street,

South Harbour Street,

Wellington Square.

Contact information 

Phone: 01563 503 160


Address:  Ayrshire Roads Alliance, Opera House, 8 John Finnie Street, Kilmarnock, KA1 1DD