Name: How do permit schemes work
Description: How do permit schemes work

How do permit schemes work


  • A permit is issued for use with one vehicle and the permit displays the vehicle registration number it can be used for and the parking zone or road name in which it can be used.
  • Lost or stolen permits can be replaced upon receipt of a £15 administration fee.
  • Permits may be obtained for motor cars (has the same meaning as in Section 136 of the RTRA 1984 and relating provisions).
  • The Council will send permit holders renewal notices twenty-one days before the renewal date. It is the permit holder's responsibility to confirm that the renewal is required and the relevant information must be received by the Council at least five working days before the renewal date.
  • Council Tax addresses are required for some permit applications and the Council Tax statement for the application year must be provided.
  • Permits will be sent to the applicants address by first class post.
  • Valid permits must be displayed on the windscreen so that permit information is legible from outside the vehicle when parked in a designated parking bay/street during the time of operation.
  • Refunds will be made for surrendered permits. The refund amount will be calculated for the number of valid months remaining from the date it is received back by the Council minus a £15 administration fee.
  • Failure to display a permit as required during the time of scheme operation will result in the serving of a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).
  • Permits will be valid from the date of issue.
  • Proof of vehicle ownership is required at the time of application for a permit. The vehicle's registration document (V5C) is accepted as proof, and for Resident Permits the Registered Keeper must detail the resident's address.

Resident Permit

  • Residents may apply for one Resident Permit per household valid for the zone in which they live, unless they have off-street parking provision.
  • Resident Permits older than eight months are deemed to have no refund value.
  • A charge of £50 is payable upon application and annually thereafter.
  • Proof of residency is required at the time of application and the documents accepted as proof are: the current year Council Tax address (automated verification); or a tenancy or mortgage agreement.
  • Proof of vehicle ownership is required at the time of application and the documents accepted as proof are: the vehicle's registration document (V5C) registered at the resident's address; or a letter from the employer for company cars detailing the resident's address; or the lease agreement detailing the resident's address for lease cars.
  • Blue Badge holder residents with disabled persons parking bays (DPPBs) within permit scheme operation areas will need to purchase a Resident Permit if a parking bay with a unique code is allocated for their specific use or a 'Permit holders only past this point' scheme operates.

Visitor Permit

  • All residents within permit parking scheme areas can obtain daily permits for their visitors. The permits are pre-printed with Zone Codes and validated by scratching out the relevant date. The Visitor Permit allows visitors to park within the scheme area for up to one day.
  • Proof of residency is required at the time of application and the documents accepted as proof are: the current year Council Tax address; or a tenancy or mortgage agreement.
  • Visitor Permits can be purchased in books of five at £5 per book and residents may purchase up to five books per month.

Temporary Permit

  • Residents may apply for up to four Temporary Permits per year for the zone in which they live and each Temporary Permit may be valid for up to four weeks.
  • Proof of vehicle ownership is required in the form of the vehicle's registration document (V5) which must detail the resident's address as the Registered Keeper.
  • The purpose of a Temporary Permit is to allow household vehicles without a Resident Permit to be left in designated permit parking scheme areas whilst residents are away from home for a period of more than one day when it is not possible to replace expired visitor permits.
  • A Temporary Permit may be purchased in lieu of Visitor Permit allocation at a cost of £1 per day plus a £15 administration fee.
  • Residency must be proven to buy a Temporary Permit. This will be checked automatically if the applicant is a Resident Permit holder, otherwise residents without a Resident Permit will need to prove residency.
  • Proof of residency is required at the time of application and the documents accepted as proof are: the current year Council Tax address; or a tenancy or mortgage agreement.

Season Permit

  • Non-zone residents (commuters) may apply for a Season Permit to enable parking in specific bays within a zone if the scheme allows.
  • There are a finite number of parking spaces for Season Permit holders and permit issue will be on a first come first served basis.
  • Once a Season Permit is secured, permits may be renewed on an on-going basis. Permit renewals must be completed no later than fourteen days before the expiration date and once a Season Permit has expired, holders forfeit their right to renewal and must join the waiting list (if one exists) for the preferred area of parking.
  • Season permits are valid from one to twelve months and a charge of £60 per month is payable upon application.
  • Season Permits with one complete month to run may be surrendered for refund, but a £15 administration fee will be deducted.

Dispensation Certificates (Trade service providers)

  • A 'trades' person may apply for a Dispensation Certificate for the zone or street in which work will be undertaken.
  • A Dispensation Certificate may be purchased at a cost of £5 per day or £15 per week plus a £5 administration charge.
  • The purpose of a Dispensation Certificate is to allow a trades person's vehicle to be left on a designated kerb-space management regulation whilst completing work on a property because continual access is required to it for tools and materials.
  • Dispensation Certificates are not a 'permit to park on a regulation' whilst works are completed on a property.

Change of vehicle

  • Permits are not transferable to other vehicles and therefore permit holders must advise of any changes immediately.
  • A 'special message' will be placed against the new vehicle registration number for six weeks allowing the owner time to obtain its V5C from the DVLA.
  • The 'special message' will expire automatically after which time a Penalty Charge Notice will be served unless a valid Resident Permit (or Visitor Permit) is displayed.
  • It remains the responsibility of the resident to upload the relevant V5C via the Council's permit application service.
Last Updated: 14th December 2018 Print Link