Residents' parkingLast updated: 14 November 2013 13:20 UK
Find out how to apply for a resident parking permit, where to buy scratchcards for visitor parking and read answers to questions about residents' parking in the city.
For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us at Parking to check you are eligible for a permit. Our offices are open Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, and Friday 8.30am to 4pm.
- Follow the link for a list and maps of Resident parking zones
- Read the results of our recent residents' parking survey.
Apply for a resident permit
The first resident permit is free to qualifying residents. To check that you qualify and to register your vehicle, we need to see the following documents:
proof of your address - such as a tenancy agreement or solicitor’s letter confirming purchase, a council tax bill, driving licence or bank statement, dated within the last three months, and
vehicle registration documents - including page 2 (from section 4 'vehicle details' to section 8 'declaration'). For a full permit, the vehicle registration document must be in your name at the permit address, although you can be issued with a temporary six week permit if it is an old address or a new keeper supplement.
For the six week temporary permit, we need to see either the new keeper’s supplement, insurance documents or vehicle registration document in another address. The full permit is not automatically sent to you, we need to see the full vehicle registration document in your name at the address within the zone first. We must always see proof of address for either resident or visitor permits.
Scan your application and documents and email them to email@example.com, bring them into reception at the Civic Offices in Guildhall Square or send copies of your documents by post. Allow seven days for a new permit to be issued. Applications received at Civic Offices reception can normally be collected from the office or posted back to you.
It is sensible not to wait until the permit has expired before renewing it, and to have visitor scratchcards (see below) available to cover your vehicle until the permit has been received.
Additional permit costsAlthough the first resident permit is free, second permits and business permits have a cost attached - see table below.
| First permit
cost per year
| Second permit
cost per year
|Each additional permit, |
if approved, cost per year
You can pay for these permits by cash, cheque or card at Civic Offices in Guildhall Square or contact us at Parking.
Below are some frequently asked questions about residents' parking permits and how they work.
How are residents' parking bays identified?
All bays which can be used by permit holders are identified by the words "XX zone permit holders exempt" on the sign, (where "XX" is the letters for the permit zone - such as GA Fratton or KC West Southsea). When you enter a residents’ permit parking zone, signs state 'Controlled Zone'. When you leave a zone, signs state 'Zone Ends' with the name of the zone.
What happens to my resident parking permit if I change my vehicle?
We can change the registration on a permit, but to do so we must have the original permit returned, the new vehicle registration document, new keeper’s supplement or insurance documents and proof of address dated within the last three months.
There is a charge of £21 for changing details on a permit. If we don't see the full vehicle registration document, we will issue a six week temporary permit until the full documents are seen. However, you will not have to pay again when you receive the full permit.
Can I get a residents' parking permit if I’m a named driver on the insurance?
To be issued with a full residents' parking permit, the vehicle must be registered with the DVLA to you at an address within the zone. We can issue you with a six week temporary permit until you have changed the vehicle registration documents with the DVLA, but only one of these can be issued. If you cannot or do not re-register the vehicle, you will have to purchase visitor permits to be exempt from the restrictions.
Can I get a resident parking permit for my company or commercial vehicle?
Company cars can be issued with a residents’ parking permit by providing a letter from their company on headed paper giving details of the vehicle registration, make and model.
Vans and commercial vehicles can be issued with a permit if they are the only vehicle at the property. Or if the vehicle is needed for emergency call-outs, proved by providing three months' worth of time sheets.
Only vehicles weighing under 3,500kg can obtain a permit, even if the vehicle is registered to you at your address. So we may need to see the commercial vehicle's logbook to confirm it is within the weight limit.
Can a foreign registered vehicle have a resident parking permit?
No, the vehicle must be re-registered in this country first, and issued with a new registration number and registration document by the DVLA, which will confirm it is registered to you at an address within the scheme.
Can I transfer my resident parking permit to a courtesy car for a few days?
If you have a courtesy car from a garage because of an accident, let us see the hire agreement, vehicle details and your original permit and we can issue a temporary permit . There is no charge for this but we must have your original permit back. When you get your car back, bring your temporary permit back and we will exchange it for your original permit.
For new cars, the procedure is the same as for changing your vehicle.
I live in a flat in a house, do I get a free resident parking permit?
Permits are issued per address. So a flat with a separate postal address, such as Flat 1 or Flat A, is treated separately from other flats in the building. If you live in a room in a shared house, the house is classed as one address and qualifies for only one free permit.
Visitor parking - scratchcards
You can buy visitor parking scratchcards for any visitors including workmen, by producing proof of address in the form of a utility bill dated in the last three months; we will also accept a council tax bill for the current year or a driving licence. General letters addressed to you will not be accepted. Only the resident can purchase the scratchcards, your visitors cannot buy them on your behalf. Workmen can buy them direct if they can show proof of working at your address, such as a written quote or invoice.
There are four different scratchcards available:
- 12 hours for 95p each
- 24 hours for £1.80 each
- 4 continuous days for £5.50 each
- 7 continuous days for £9.80 each
Scratchcards for all zones can be bought at Civic Offices reception in Guildhall Square and there are local purchase points for some zones - see table below. You can also buy visitor parking by registering your home or mobile number with the RingGo website. Please contact us at Parking for further information.
The local purchase points for different zones are in the table below.
|Scatchcard purchase point||Zone|
|Albert Road Post Office, 114 Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JS||MA|
|Alderman Lacey Library, 98 Tangier Rd, Baffins, PO3 6HU||HA and HB|
|Beddow Library, Milton Road, Milton, PO4 8PR||HA, GB, MB and NA|
|Buckland Post Office, 47-49 Kingston Road, Buckland, PO2 7DP||FA, FC and FD|
|Carnegie Library, Fratton Road, Fratton, PO1 5EZ||GA, JE, JF and MB|
|Cosham Library, Spur Road, Cosham, PO6 3EB||AB, BA, BB, BC and BD|
|Landport Housing Office, 24 Commercial Place, PO1 4DT||FC and JB|
|North End Library, Gladys Avenue, PO2 9AX||FD and FG|
|Southsea Post Office, 94-96 Palmerston Rd, Southsea, PO5 3PT||KC|
|Paulsgrove Housing Office, 195a Allaway Avenue, PO6 4HG||AC|
|Portsea Library or Portsea Housing Office or
John Pounds Community Centre all at 23 Queen Street, PO1 3HN
|JA and JD|
|Somerstown Post Office, 74 - 78 St James Road, Southsea, PO5 4HZ||LA and LB|
|Southsea Library, 19-21 Palmerston Rd, Southsea, PO5 3QQ||KA, KB, KC, KD, LA and LB|