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Resident parking FAQs

The council or the police can temporarily suspend the whole or part of a parking place for certain reasons. Signs will be put up when a parking place is suspended. If on special occasions (e.g. a wedding or a funeral) you need additional parking space near to your house, you should apply to Parking Services for the parking place to be suspended. Full details should be supplied with your application and your application should be made as early as possible. Residents can't park in a suspended parking place unless they have the permission of the council or police.

You can get a permit for the following types of vehicles:

  • Cars or other passenger vehicles with seating for not more than 13 people
  • Goods vehicles with an unladen weight of not more than 30 cwt
  • Motorcycles

If you change your address you must notify Parking Services immediately. Your permit must be handed in if you move outside of the residents parking scheme area.

If your permit is lost or stolen you'll need to reapply for a permit and produce your documentation again. If your permit becomes faded or defaced, please hand it in to Parking Services for a replacement.

You should apply for a permit for your new vehicle and hand in your old permit. The old permit can't be used on your new vehicle. Please make sure that your permit doesn't fall into the hands of a non-resident if you sell your vehicle.

If you display a valid permit on the windscreen of your vehicle, you'll be entitled to park in the residents parking scheme area during its hours of operation. There should be sufficient space for all residents, however holding a permit doesn't guarantee that a particular space will be available for you to use.

A resident's parking permit doesn't enable a vehicle to be parked on yellow line waiting/loading restrictions, allow free parking at any pay and display area or business parking area, or unlimited time in any loading bays which may be located within the residents parking scheme area.

In addition to residents' vehicles, the following vehicles can also be parked in resident parking places:

  • Vehicles displaying a visitor/business or all zone permit
  • Police, fire brigade, ambulance and other local authority vehicles
  • Doctor's and nurse's vehicles displaying an 'on call' sign
  • Removal vans
  • Vehicles which are being used to deliver or collect goods from properties next to the parking place (these vehicles can only wait for 20 minutes)
  • Vehicles which are picking up or setting down passengers
  • Certain other vehicles in special circumstances
  • Vehicles parking in Zones P and U for less than 45 minutes (permit required after 45 minutes)

If any other vehicles are parked in the residents' parking spaces, the driver/owner of the vehicle will be liable to a Penalty Charge Notice.

The council's Civil Enforcement Officers will patrol the residents parking zones.

Penalty Charge Notices are issued for the following:

  • Parking in a resident's parking place without displaying a valid resident's or visitor's permit
  • Parking in a resident's parking place while displaying an invalid permit
  • Parking in a suspended parking bay
  • Not parking correctly within the markings of the bay or space

Residents are required to comply with all requirements of the scheme; the displaying of permits is necessary for the scheme to be successful.

If you need more information on residents parking please call Parking Services on 01642 726003.

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