Residential parking permits
Getting, renewing and withdrawing a residential parking permit varies from council to council so you should check with your council for details.
What the permit allows you to do
The permit lets you park in parking spaces which are reserved for permit holders.
- your permit is valid
- your permit has not expired
- that the registration number is correct
- your permit is used in accordance with the conditions of issue
Apply for a permit
The following link will let you enter details of where you live and then take you to your local authority website where you can find out more.
Who is eligible?
Residents who keep and use a car, a van with an unladen weight not exceeding 35cwt (1,778kg) or motorcycle on a full-time basis normally qualify for a parking permit.
You cannot park in resident permit holders spaces unless you also have a valid permit for the area.
If you have a disabled persons blue badge you can usually park in two hour spaces for as long as you wish. In accordance with the orange/blue badge scheme you may park for up to three hours on single or double yellow lines.
A visitor permit is usually issued in addition to the residents parking permit.
Visitor permits may only be given to those calling at the permit holders address. It is the householders responsibility to ensure that their permit is retrieved from a visitors vehicle at the end of their stay. All permits must be displayed clearly in the windscreen of the vehicle.
Renewing your permit
You will be responsible for renewing your permit if:
- your permit expires - visitors permits are usually valid for one year and residents permits valid for two years
- you change your vehicle
Withdrawal of a permit
A permit may be withdrawn or invalidated if:
- it is found that a permit is not being used in accordance with these guidelines
- it is found that a person is no longer eligible to hold a permit
- the permit is altered or defaced in anyway or passed to unauthorised users
Parking in a controlled zone
A parking zone is a controlled parking scheme in a street or area where parking is organised in order to help residents park their vehicles.
This means that parking is only permitted in designated parking bays and that the remainder of the kerbside space is subject to yellow line restrictions.
The aim of controlled parking zones is to discourage commuter and long stay parking by people from outside the area.
To find out more information about controlled parking zones in your area, contact your local authority.
- Find your local council
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