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Overview

If you live in a controlled parking zone (CPZ) you may be eligible for a resident parking permit.   

There's a different parking permits system for council estates.

Resident permits are virtual permits and are valid for 12 months from the chosen start date. 

A resident permit is only valid in the CPZ it was issued for. Having a permit does not guarantee you a parking space or give you the right to park outside your house. 

Who can apply 

You must live at an eligible address within a CPZ in the borough to apply for a resident parking permit. You cannot apply if you own a property in a CPZ but do not live there. 

Enter your postcode to find out more information about resident permits in your CPZ, including how much it costs. Not all addresses in a CPZ are entitled to a permit.

You can apply for one resident permit with up to 2 vehicles registered to it, but it can only be used on one vehicle at a time.  

You must make sure your permit is assigned to the correct vehicle in your online account or you could get a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). 

You can apply for a second resident permit which costs £216 if you live in: 

  • Charlton CPZ 
  • Caletock CPZ 
  • Blackheath Standard CPZ 
  • East Greenwich CPZ 
  • Westcome CPZ 
  • Woolwich Arsenal CPZ 
  • Woolwich B CPZ 

If you have a resident permit and you need to bring a business vehicle home, you can apply for a Resident Business Permit which will be charged at the higher business rate for your CPZ.  

Find out how much a resident business permit costs 

Apply online  

You can apply and pay for a new resident parking permit online.   

You’ll need to create an online account if you do not already have one. 

You can manage and renew your virtual permit in your online account. 

Find out what type of account you need

Electric vehicles 

If you have a fully electric vehicle, the price of your resident permit will be discounted to £25. You will need to choose “electric” when you’re asked to select the fuel type during the application.  

Renew a resident parking permit 

If your resident parking permit is due to expire you should apply and pay for a renewal online.  

You can apply to renew your permit up to 30 days before your existing permit expires. We recommend you do this in good time in case we need to contact you about your application. 

If you have a paper permit, continue to display it until your virtual permit has been issued.  

Find out what to do if you have a paper permit

Renew a resident parking permit 

Renew a Blue Badge resident parking permit 

You can renew a Blue Badge resident parking permit online. These permits are free of charge.  

Find out how to apply for or renew a Blue Badge

Apply for a new resident parking permit 

When you apply for a new resident permit, you’ll be asked to upload some documents about where you live and the vehicle you want a permit for.  

What you need to apply 

You'll need one document that shows your name and address. This must be dated within the last 3 months, such as:   

  • a utility or council tax bill 
  • proof of any benefits or pensions you get  
  • a bank or building society statement  
  • a tenancy agreement or solicitors' letter with completion date if you’re a new resident  

You cannot use a driving licence as proof of address. 

You’ll also need one document to show that you either own the vehicle or are insured to drive it, such as:   

  • your Vehicle Registration Document  
  • insurance document showing the vehicle registration 
  • hire or leasing agreement  
  • a letter from your employer if the vehicle is a company car  
  • proof that you’re the named driver on the insurance policy if you do not own the vehicle  

You will also need a credit or debit card for payment. 

Apply for a new resident parking permit 

What happens next 

When you’ve completed the online application and paid the fee, your virtual permit will be issued and ready to use straight away. You’ll get an email to confirm this.

If you cannot apply online, call our contact centre on 020 8921 4339.