Residents’ permit information and guidance

You can only buy a parking permit for the house you live in. It aims to help you park closer to your home during the day.

You can apply for 1 permit per person and 2 permits per property.

Applications for more than one permit

Permit 1 is the first person to apply for a permit at the property and permit 2 is the second person to apply for a permit at the same property. A second permit is around 25% more expensive.

When making an application for a second permit please note that if you already hold a permit in your name the second cannot be held in your name as our legislation states 1 permit per person.

The second permit would need to be applied for by another eligible resident who would need to submit a separate first time application in their name along with the required documentation.

Permit parking information

A residents' parking permit does not guarantee you a parking place.

Please ensure that you park your vehicle only in permit holders or shared use parking places within your zone.

Permit holders only parking places are recognised by a sign alongside the parking place and the words Permit Holders Only painted on the ground.

Shared use parking places have a sign alongside the parking places showing Permit Holders or Pay at Machine.

In all zones permit holders can park free of charge in public parking places from 8:30am to 9am in their zone.

In zones 1 to 4 only, permit holders can also park from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, Mondays to Fridays, and from 1:30pm on Saturdays.

View a map of your zone by using our interactive parking map.

Please ensure that your vehicle is parked fully within the bay markings. Permit holders are not permitted to park on single or double yellow lines or in parking places reserved for specific users, such as 

  • disabled parking places
  • taxi ranks
  • doctors' parking places
  • in loading bays.

Permit purchase

You can buy residents' permits in three, six or 12 month periods. Each driver is responsible for renewing their permit on time. You don't need to display your permit on parking holidays.

Cheques should be made payable to The City of Edinburgh Council.

Exempt permits

Motorcyclists and disabled persons' blue badge holders can apply for a residents' permit free of charge.

Controlled hours

Controlled hours
Areas Hours
1 to 4 8.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Saturday
5 to 8, N1 to N5 and S1 to S4 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday
B1 10am to 11.30am, Monday to Friday
B2 1.30pm to 3pm, Monday to Friday
B3 10am to 11.30am, Monday to Friday
B4 and B5 11.30am to 1pm, Monday to Friday
B6 11am to 12.30pm, Monday to Friday
B7 9.30am to 11am, Monday to Friday
B8 12.30pm to 2pm, Monday to Friday
B9 1.30pm to 3pm, Monday to Friday
B10 1.30pm to 3pm, Monday to Friday

Student housing

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

Permit mews areas

Only permit holders living in mews areas can park within them. There are signs at vehicle entrances displaying the mews number but there are no road markings within them. Mews area follow the same hours of operation of the main parking zone they are within.


Some big events, like the Tattoo, need parking places to be suspended for safe pedestrian access. If a large number of parking places are out of use permit holders will be allowed to park free of charge in public parking places. You will receive a letter with more details if this is the case. Please do not assume this will be the case as you may receive a parking ticket.

Changing your vehicle

If you need to change your vehicle or use a courtesy car you can apply for a short term permit for up to 14 days. You may need to provide some proof at the Drumbrae Hub and collect your permit.

If you replace your car, you will need to return your old permit along with details of your new vehicle. You can apply by post or in person at the Drumbrae Hub. Please allow 10 days for your new permit to arrive by post.

If you sell your car or move out of your zone, you must return your permit to us. We will refund any unused months, less a £10 admin charge.

Read more on temporary parking permits

Moved to another zone

If you have moved to another zone we can issue a temporary permit to park the vehicle at the previous address for up to five days once we receive

  • the old permit
  • a completed application for the new address
  • evidence linking you to the new address, preferably confirmation that you have registered for Council Tax at the new address.


You are not allowed to park trailers, vehicles that carry more than 12 people or those over 2.5m high with your parking permit.


If you need to surrender your permit we will make a refund for every unused day from the day that we receive the old permit less a £10 administrative charge. If you want the refund into your bank account please provide us with the name, account number and sort code of the account. If you want it by cheque please provide us with the forwarding address.

Permit team address

The Permit team are based at the Drumbrae Hub.

Opening hours are

  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8.30am to 4.30pm
  • Tuesday from 10am to 4.30pm
  • Friday from 8.30am to 3.40pm.

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