Copeland Borough Council has introduced an app to allow people to pay for their parking by phone. The MiPermit system is available in all the council's pay and display car parks.
There are posters in the car parks explaining how to pay, using a number unique to each car park. The system also allows people to pay to extend their stay, without having to return to their car to buy another ticket.
The MiPermit app is an additional payment method and motorists can still pay with coins or a card. Parking charges have not changed.
Copeland's Elected Mayor, Mike Starkie, said: "People appreciate different ways to pay. This change makes it a little easier for those who might not have the right change, or would just prefer to pay by phone.
"The fact that it lets you top up the payment and extend your stay, without going back to your car, is also really handy – People can stay and enjoy the beach or town centre a little longer without worrying that they will get a ticket."
The easy-to-use MiPermit is free and available from app stores.