Stockton Council has begun detailed consultation with residents most likely to be affected by proposals to introduce Pay and Display parking in Yarm.
In December, the Council agreed in principle to introduce the changes to parking arrangements in the town. At the time, it promised further consultation with residents living in the town centre area before drawing up the details of the scheme.
It has now commissioned independent research consultants NEMS to contact residents of 603 properties to gather information about their individual parking needs. Researchers will be contacting residents by telephone or in person over the next few weeks.
The information gathered will help inform the design of any new parking controls, including how a residents' parking permit scheme could operate.
The results will be reported back through meetings with residents later in the spring, where there will be an opportunity to comment further.
Councillor Mike Smith, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, said: "Some residents of Yarm town centre have understandably expressed concerns about how the proposed Pay and Display scheme will affect them.
"Before we can answer their concerns, we need to understand their detailed parking needs in order to accommodate these as far as possible in the design of the scheme.
"Cabinet agreed in December to carry out further consultation on local needs and that is what this survey is about. It's an opportunity for local people to contribute to the design.
"We'll be asking them a series of questions about things such as when and where they park at present, the types of vehicle they have and whether they have any particular needs.
"Our aim is to replace a scheme which doesn't work with one which will support local businesses by improving car parking and encouraging visitors by making more short-stay parking available."
Statutory consultation will take place later in the spring once the detailed proposals have been drawn up.