Horsham District Council (HDC) has revealed it makes £1.4million annual net revenue from off-street car parks in the town centre.
But the local authority claims all profits are invested straight back into council services.
HDC added it makes no profit from on-street parking and residents’ parking zones.
A spokesperson said: “The council does not make any profit from parking enforcement on the streets of the Horsham District.
“The council owns and operates the majority of the off-street car parks in Horsham town centre, where parking charges are favourable compared to other similar areas.
“This provides a net revenue of around £1.4million per year, which is invested back into council services.
“The law prohibits councils from making a profit from on-street parking and residents’ parking zones, but this does not apply to off-street car parks as these are assets that the council owns and maintains.”