Residents’ permit information and guidance

You can only apply for a parking permit for the home you live in. Permits help you park closer to your home during the day.

There is a limit of one permit per person and two permits per household.

Download residents' permits terms and conditions (PDF, 50 KB)

Applications for more than one permit

Permit 1 is the first person to apply for a permit in a household. Permit 2 is the second person to apply from the same address. There is a 25% surcharge on second permits. For more details on second permits, see the terms and conditions.

Permit parking information

A residents' parking permit does not guarantee you a parking place. Your permit only applies to your zone or priority parking area where you live.

Park your vehicle fully within a permit holders or shared use parking place within your zone.

'Permit holders only' parking places have signs with your zone or area number and the words 'Permit Holders Only' painted on the road. Words are not painted on the road in priority parking places.

Shared use parking places have signs saying Permit Holders or Pay at Machine, with the related zone number.

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.

A parking permit does not entitle the holder to park on yellow or red lines or in places reserved for other users, such as disabled people or car club vehicles.

Find which zone you live in.

Permit purchase

You can buy residents' permits in 3, 6 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.

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 and B3 10am to 11.30am, Monday to Friday
B2, B9 and B10 1.30pm to 3pm, 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

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 areas have the same hours of control as the zone they are within.


Some big events, like the Tattoo, need to suspend parking to ensure safe public 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 details if this is the case. Do not assume this will be the case as you may receive a parking ticket.

Changing your vehicle

If you need to use a courtesy car for up to 14 days, you must apply online. You need to provide proof of your vehicle being off the road and information about the new vehicle. You cannot park until we have approved your request. You don't need to return your existing permit.

You can only apply online once. You must contact us using the details below with further changes. 

If you replace your car permanently, you need to apply online and return your old permit to us. You cannot park your new vehicle until we have approved your request.

If you sell your car or move out of a controlled area, you must cancel your permit online and return it to us. We will refund unused days, less a £10 admin charge.

Read about temporary parking permits.

Moving home 

If you move within the same zone or area, you can amend your address details online and keep your current permit.

If you move to another zone or area, we can issue a temporary permit to park at your new address for up to five days. You will need to return the old permit and provide proof of your new address, such as confirmation that you have registered for Council Tax. 

However, you may need to cancel your existing permit online and apply for a new one. 


If you return your permit, we will refund unused days from the day that we receive your old permit, less a £10 admin charge. We can refund direct to your bank account if you provide us with the account name, number and sort code.


Your permit doesn't allow you to park

  • a trailer
  • while your vehicle is drawing a trailer
  • a vehicles that carries more than 12 people
  • a vehicle over 2.5m high.

Student housing

You can't buy a parking permit if you live in purpose-built student lodgings. Read about parking permits for students.

Residents' Parking

If you have any problems, please email us in the first instance at [email protected] We will be able to resolve most issues this way. Alternatively, you can contact us by phone on 0131 469 3203 if the issue is urgent. Please note our phone lines are open Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri from 8.30am to 1pm and 9.30am to 1pm on a Tues. The lines will be busy.