Traffic and Parking



On Tuesday 9th June, Laois County Council will re-introduce enforcement measures for time limited parking in Portlaoise, Portarlington and Mountmellick. From Tuesday 9th June, where parking signs provide for time limited parking (in most cases 2hr time limits), vehicles parked in excess of the signed time limits will be at risk of fixed penalty notices.

The reintroduction of time limited parking will facilitate increased turnover of spaces in town centres, supporting local businesses and coinciding with the commencement of Phase Two of the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.

This public notice pertains to parking time limits only. No public parking fees will apply until the commencement of Phase 3 (29th June) of the Roadmap and further notice will issue in that regard in the coming weeks



First Forty Five Minutes Free Parking in Portlaoise

FIRST  45 minutes free parking only, which is applicable only once in any one day.

If your visit is for longer than 45 minutes, you are required to purchase a parking disc for a maximum period of 2 hours.    All day parking is available in our Car Parks located at The Plaza, County Hall and Tower Hill.

Fines will be issued for illegal parking on footpaths, double yellow lines, in Disabled Bays (without a valid permit), in loading bays etc

Traffic and Parking around Laois

Currently we have Bye-Laws for Portlaoise, Mountmellick, Portarlington.   These Bye-Laws are implemented by Traffic Wardens employed by Laois County Council.

The maps below show details of parking in Portlaoise and Mountmellick, including Accessible Parking.

These are guidelines for Road Design,  Parking Standards, Visibility, Drainage and other standards.

The Laois Storm Water Management Policy elaborates on Council requirements relating to surface water drainage systems for developments seeking planning permission.

Casual Trading in Laois

There is casual trading in Portlaoise every Friday from 9.00 -3.00 in Peppers Lane, off Lyster Square. Please note that Parking is not permitted in that market area between the hours of 8.30am and 3.30pm on Fridays.  Penalties will be incurred for vehicles parked in this area during the time stated above. A map of   outlines the area involved.

Please contact the Roads Department if you are interested in being included in the Farmers Market.  You can email