Resident and visitor parking permits
Permit terms and conditions
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You can only buy a residents' parking permit for the area you live in. While a permit does not guarantee you a space, it aims to help you park closer to your home during the restricted hours. You cannot park in residents' parking places during the controlled hours unless a valid permit is clearly displayed on your vehicle.
You can buy a residents' permit for three, six or twelve months. Each driver must renew their permit on time. You don't need to display your permit on parking holidays.
Are you a motorcyclist or a disabled persons' blue badge holder? Then you can apply for an "exempted" residents' parking permit. This means it is free of charge.
The Controlled Hours
|1-4||8.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday|
|5-8, N1-N5, S1-S4||8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday|
|B1||10.00am to 11.30am, Monday to Friday|
|B2||1.30pm to 3.00pm, Monday to Friday|
|B3||10.00am to 11.30am, Monday to Friday|
|B4 and B5||11.30am to 1.00pm, Monday to Friday|
Residents of purpose built student accomodation are not entitled to residents' parking permits. You can find more information in this report on student parking permit restrictions. This restriction does not apply to students living in private housing.
Residential Mews Areas
Only permit holders living within the mews can park within it. Mews areas do not have road markings or signs within them. Signs are present at all entrances and display the mews number.
Parking in pay and display bays
All permit holders can park free of charge in pay and display places between 8.30am and 9.00am in their zone. Those living in zones 1 to 4 can also park between 5.30pm and 6.30pm, Mondays to Fridays. These permit holders may also park on Saturdays from 1.30pm.
Sometimes big events such as the tattoo require us to suspend parking places. If a large number of residents' bays are out of use we will arrange a dispensation. Permit holders can park free of charge in pay and display bays in specific streets. We will write to you if this is the case. Please do not assume this will be the case as a parking ticket may be issued.
Courtesy Cars and changing your vehicle
Do you have a courtesy car or need to change your vehicle? You can get a temporary permit for up to 14 days from the Residents' Permits Section. Please note that you may need to show us some documents at 249 High Street and collect the permit.
If you are changing your vehicle permanently, you will need to tell us about your new car. You can either post or bring in your old permit, along with details of your new vehicle. If you are posting your application, please allow 10 days for the new permit to arrive.
If you sell your car or move out of the zone, you must return your permit to the Council. We will refund full unused calendar months, less a £10 or 10% admin charge, whichever is greater.
Restrictions in Permit Holders Parking Places
You are not allowed to park trailers, vehicles that can carry more than 12 people or those over 2.5 metres high.