Who can have a permit?
If you do not meet the criteria, you do not qualify for a permit, irrespective of your interest in the property or the vehicle.
You are entitled to one resident parking permit if:
- Your principal place of residence is within a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) and is not part of an excluded or permit-free development
- You are the registered keeper or have sole use of a vehicle
Proof of residence and proof relating to your vehicle must be provided before your application can be approved. View the documents we can accept for residence and vehicle proof.
If you live on a housing estate, you must apply for a housing estate parking permit.
What vehicles does the permit cover?
The vehicle can be either:
- a passenger vehicle constructed or modified for the carriage of not more than sixteen passengers (excluding the driver), or
- a goods vehicle, provided the overall height does not exceed 3.2 metres (10ft 6ins), the length does not exceed 6.5 metres (21ft 4ins) and the maximum gross weight does not exceed 5 tonnes.
Vehicles the permit does not cover
The permit does not cover a caravan, trailer, boat etc. secured to the vehicle.
Check permit costs
"Greener" vehicles - These are vehicles within the DVLA band A category, electric vehicles (not hybrids, unless they are categorised as DVLA band A) or bio-methane vehicles. When making an application for a "greener" permit evidence must be provided. Find out more about electric vehicles.
Apply for a permit
You can apply for a permit online, by post or in person.
Permits are not required for motorcycles, which may be parked free of charge in permit bays, shared use bays and pay and display only bays, provided the bay is not suspended.
Where you can use your permit
The resident parking permit is valid in any permit holder or shared use bay (permit holder or pay and display), provided the bay is not suspended.
Ten free one-hour resident visitor permits
Resident permit holders are also entitled to 10 free one-hour resident visitor permits in a rolling 12-month period, for use within CPZs that have one hour of control.