Factsheet: Residents' parking permits

Who can have a permit?

Permits are usually issued to the full-time residents of the address, for use on a vehicle which is also registered at that address. Second home owners may need to supply supplementary evidence of eligibility.

Most flats or houses are eligible for two resident’s permits and two books of visitors permits per year. Each book contains 30 one day use permits. You cannot buy more than two books in any one year, and not all zones have a visitor permit option. We will let you know about these when you apply.

A property re-developed or converted, or any new building developments completed after the introduction of a permit scheme, do not automatically qualify for parking permits. Therefore, prior to moving home, you are advised to ensure necessary checks are made by yourself or legal representatives to ensure your property, or prospective property is eligible to receive a residents’ parking permit. Such information will be contained in the planning documentation held by the local planning authority. In situations of any doubt, we advise you to contact us on 0345 155 1004. An eligible address checklist can be found here.

If you are Blue Badge holder or rely on regular visits from family or carers to give you essential care and support at home, you can apply for an essential visitor permit for your visitors.

Larger vehicles, Minibuses (capable of carrying over 3500kg laden weight or not over 12 passengers) and motorhomes do not usually qualify to use a permit, please contact the Council first before buying a permit.

Motorbikes, with or without a sidecar do not need a permit in a residents’ parking scheme.

Students: Before you bring your car with you to university, please consider parking and explore greener travel options.

Student halls, new developments and re-developed properties are excluded from the on-street residents parking schemes around them.

If you are living in rented accommodation where permits are available they will be limited to 2 per household. Please do not bring a vehicle that you cannot park.