Parking charges in some parts of the borough are set to go up by as much as 70p.
But a new cheaper 30-minute tariff will be introduced at Hemel Hempstead’s Water Gardens South car park for shoppers who want to quickly ‘pop in’ to town.
A report presented to Dacorum Borough Council’s cabinet said failure to amend the charges to cover increased operational and management costs would lead to an extra strain on general funds.
It said: “There is a need to identify budget savings and/or increase revenue income. The council faces significant challenges in producing a balanced budget over the next few years.
“Clearly income from parking charges offers an opportunity for appropriate increases in income, particularly in view of the modest rates currently being charged in comparison to other towns.”
Parking charges in Hemel Hempstead’s town centre car parks are cheaper than Watford, Luton and Milton Keynes.
Under the review the biggest hikes will be in Berkhamsted’s St John’s Well Lane and Lower Kings Road where parking for up to four hours will rise by 70p to £2.50, up to three hours will increase by 50p to £1.90, up to two hours will have 20p added on making it £1.20 and up to one hour will rise to 60p from 50p.
Moor End Road, where a flat long stay tariff is in operation, will rise from £3.50 to £4.
Elsewhere there are some increases of 10p or 20p and charges in some Hemel Hempstead car parks will remain the same.
A four-hour maximum stay rule will be introduced at King Langley’s free Langley Hill car park to free up spaces.
Much of the Civic Centre car park will be closed under redevelopment plans but a small section near the health centre will remain open and be renamed Dacorum Way.
Permits for weekday parking will be introduced at some Hemel Hempstead car parks.
Cabinet approved the changes to parking, which will come into force in 2014.15, at its meeting last week.
It is set to make the council £70,000 in the first year and £40,000 during 2015/16. A total of £27,000 will be spent to introduce the changes.