Apply for a residents' or priority parking permit

New residents

You can no longer apply for residents' or priority parking permits in person at Council offices. However, using a self-service terminal you can apply online.

You can apply for, renew and manage your residents' parking permit online with our new service, NSL Apply.

Apply for, renew or manage your parking permit

You will need to login and create an online account. You will need to upload proof of vehicle ownership as part of your application. You can choose to upload documents to verify your address or request an Experian check. This should take you no longer than 15 minutes to apply. 

Please note we need to approve your application and this may take a few days. You will receive an email to confirm we have received your application. Once approved, you will receive another email asking you to log into your account to make payment. Please do not park until your permit is showing as active on your account.

Download our first time parking permit application guide (PDF, 1.71MB)

At this time, the only online payment option we can accept is to pay online after the application is approved. Paying via a registered card is currently not available.  We would recommend that you do not register your card until this option has been turned on.

If you have any problems activating your account or completing your application, please email We will contact you to arrange a suitable appointment time to support you with your permit application. 

What you may need

You need to prove you are the main driver of the vehicle and that you live at your address. You may need to upload

  • proof of address, such as; a lease, utility bill, bank or mortgage statement, Council Tax bill or medical card - no more than three months old.
  • proof of vehicle ownership, your vehicle registration certificate V5C.
  • If the vehicle is not registered in your name, you will also need to prove that you are the main keeper of the vehicle. Please see Section 1 of the Residents' Permits Terms and Conditions for further details.
  • If you have a blue badge, you may need to enter your valid badge number or a copy of both sides of the badge.

Please note that a residents' parking permit does not guarantee the holder a parking place.

Download residents' permits Terms and Conditions (PDF, 50 KB)

Blue Badge holders

Disabled residents with blue badges can now apply for or renew your parking permit online. You do not need pay for your permit but you still need to apply if you want to park in a residents' permit bay.


Students can't buy a parking permit if you live in purpose-built student lodgings. This does not apply to students living in private houses. Read about parking permits for students.

Permit prices

Our new online application process will calculate your permit price for you. You can also find your permit price if you know the area you live in and your vehicle's CO2 emissions or engine size for older vehicles.

Do you have any comments about this page?

Help us improve

  • The City of Edinburgh Council will only use this email address to respond to any issues raised.