Parking permits for residents
Residents who live in a controlled parking zone may be eligible to apply for a permit. Not all addresses in a parking zone are entitled. The permits can be used for cars, motorcycles with attached sidecars or goods vehicles no wider than 1.95 metres wide and no taller than 3 metres.
If two car owners live at the same house each is entitled to one resident permit. If one person has two vehicles they can have both registration numbers put on one permit, but it can only be used on one vehicle at a time.
There's a different parking permits system for council estates.
Cost of resident parking permits
Enter your postcode to find out how much a resident parking permit costs in your parking zone. Note that not all addresses in the area are entitled to a permit.
Complete an application form and post it to Parking Services together with your supporting documents. You can also apply in person at one of customer contact centres.
Make sure you submit your parking permit application form at least ten days before the permit is needed.
To pay by credit or debit card, call Parking Services or visit one of our customer contact centres in person. You can also pay by cheque if you are applying in person or if you're sending your form to us by post.
We'll issue a self-adhesive plastic holder free of charge with new permits so you can display the permits clearly in the windscreen.
You'll need to provide the following supporting documents with your application:
- Proof of address: A utility or Council Tax bill (issued in the last three months), rent or pension book, bank statement or building society book
- For new residents, a copy of a solicitors' letter with completion date, a tenancy agreement, or a letter from the applicant's employer or bank or building society confirming your new address is acceptable. A driving licence is not acceptable.
- For a residents' permit, proof of ownership or insurance to drive the vehicle, for example vehicle registration documents, lease or hire agreement or insurance cover note
If you already have a permit, renew it at least three weeks before it runs out. We'll send you a reminder but it's your responsibility. If you don't renew your permit and you park in a controlled parking zone, you may receive a parking ticket.
Your renewed permit will only be valid when you display it in your vehicle. You'll receive your new permit within 15 working days of applying.
There's a different process for Blue Badge resident parking permit renewals. Complete the Blue Badge resident parking permit renewal form and return it by post or in person at one of our contact centres. There's no charge for parking permits for Blue Badge holders.
Change of vehicle
If it's time to renew your permit and your vehicle has changed, you can specify the new vehicle. You'll need to provide proof of ownership and insurance. You can do this in the online form or send in proof by email after submitting the form. If it's not time to renew your permit, apply to transfer your parking permit to a new vehicle.
More information about parking permits including answers to frequently asked questions is available in the guidance notes.