Shere Car Park is owned by the Trustees of Shere Recreation Ground and has been managed and operated by Shere Parish Council since 2008.
The car park is located on London Lane, Shere at the eastern end of Upper Street, Shere. The main car park has approximately 90 spaces.
It is currently free to use but charging will commence on Saturday 1st June 2024.

Charging will be implemented by the car park operator Anchor Security Services Limited T/A Ocean Parking, with the following structure:

  • £1 per hour or part of an hour
  • First 30 minutes free of charge on every separate visit to the car park with no limit on the number of visits in a day
  • Operating hours are 9am-6pm 7 days a week
  • No charge on Christmas Day
  • Blue Badge holders to pay parking fee over the 30 minutes free
  • Pay after use option – up to 24 hours to pay
  • Stays can be extended
  • Grace period is 20 minutes initially, then reduced to 10 minutes
  • PCNs (penalty charge notices) will be issued by the car park operator

At the full council meeting on the 21st March 2024 the above was agreed (to be reviewed three months after installation).

Exemptions for the Main Car Park:

Please click here for a list of potential exemptions from charging, on application
Complete the form below to apply for an exemption or click on the pdf HERE and complete and return by post or email – Shere Parish Council, Tanyard Hall, 30 Station Road, Gomshall Guildford GU5 9LF or email

By completeing the form below or the pdf you are agreeing for your information to be shared with the council and current car park operator, for use to consider a car park exemption.

Shere Car Park Charging Exemption Application Form

The general public and residents have 30 minutes free parking in the main Shere Car Park. For Parish residents there is also free kerbside parking throughout the village and access to the ‘Residents and Sports Club cars only’ area adjacent to the main car park. All parking is subject to availability.
The money collected through charging in the main car park will be placed in a Parish Community Fund, to pay for the upkeep of the car park and appropriate parish maintenance and improvement projects. If on occasion a Parish Resident has to pay for the car park, due to a longer stay or lack of space elsewhere, the Council hopes that you will consider it a contribution to this Parish Community Fund.
For other exceptional reasons, applications for an exemption will be considered and if accepted your car registration number will be added to an exemption list, allowing free use of the main car park (subject to availability), in addition to the free residents and sports club area.
Please note that there is an iPad/tablet in Shere School, Shere Surgery and Shere Village Hall to request a temporary exemption for visitors and occasional users.

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Your Details (to be completed by all applicants)

Full Name
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Which of the following is your reason for exemption:

The residents and sports club area will remain free to use by all parish residents 

If you have a query regarding Shere car park please use the following email:

Statement from Shere Parish Council Chairman Roy Davey
Shere Parish Council are responsible for managing and maintaining Shere’s Public Car Park. The Car Park is on the Recreation Ground – land purchased in 1926 by public subscription – the title of which is held in Trust by the Trustees of Shere Recreation Ground Association, a registered Charity.
For some months the Parish Council and The Trustees have been debating the question of charging visitors for use of this car park.
As there was a disagreement in the interpretation of the Agreement, we went before an independent Adjudicator, appointed by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. On November 15th the Adjudicator’s decision was delivered. The decision was in favour of the Parish Council’s plan to charge users of the car park, for parking when visiting Shere.
The reason for charging is not to discourage visitors from coming to our attractive small village in the Surrey Hills. It is to relieve you, the residents, of the substantial costs you pay via your annual precept charge (collected via your Council Tax ), for the maintenance and repairing of the car park, and other village facilities such as the public toilets etc – which are largely provided for, and used by, the many visitors to our small village.

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