Resident parking permits eligibility

You are entitled to one resident parking permit if:

The vehicle must be either:

  • A passenger vehicle constructed or modified to carry not more than 16 passengers (excluding the driver), or
  • A goods carrying vehicle 


  • Must not exceed a maximum height of 3.2 metres (10ft 6 ins), a maximum length of 6.5 metres (21ft 4 ins) and must not exceed 5 tonnes Maximum Gross Weight (MGW)

If you do not meet the criteria, you do not qualify for a permit, irrespective of your interest in the property or the vehicle.

If you live on a housing estate, you may be entitled to a housing and highway permit and you should apply for a housing estate parking permit.

Vehicles the permit does not cover

The permit does not cover anything secured to a vehicle, for example a caravan, trailer, or boat.

Vehicles that do not require a permit

Provided the bay is not suspended, motorcycles, which may be parked free of charge in permit bays and shared use bays.

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) within the zone for your residency, provided the bay is not suspended. 

View controlled parking zones and search parking controls in your street.

'Greener' vehicles

The DVLA revised the structure of vehicle excise duty (VED) for vehicles registered from 1 April 2017. 

  • For vehicles registered prior to the 1 April 2017: 'Greener' vehicle permits are only available to vehicles within the DVLA band A category, electric vehicles (not hybrids, unless they are categorised as DVLA band A) or bio-methane vehicles.
  • For vehicles registered on or after 1 April 2017: 'Greener' vehicle permits are available for vehicles where the CO2 emissions are up to 100g/km.

When making an application for a greener permit, evidence must be provided.

Free one-hour resident visitor permits

Resident permit holders are also entitled to ten free one-hour resident visitor permits in a rolling 12 month period, for use within CPZs that have one hour of control.

Housing estate parking permits

If you live on a housing estate, you must apply for a housing estate parking permit. This facility is currently not available online.


If you have any questions about parking permits, use our online form to Make a parking enquiry.

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