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Portsmouth City Council lets out more than 2,350 garages and 2,300 parking spaces across and outside of the city at very reasonable rates. Some areas have waiting lists. Charges vary according to location - price ranges are as follows:

Range of charges per week (Add VAT if not a Portsmouth tenant or leaseholder) Size

Parking spaces *

from £1.75 to £10

5.1m (16ft 10in) long x 2.4m (7ft 10in) wide

Garages

from £10 to £17

5.2m (17ft) long x 2.1m (7ft) wide x 1.8m (6ft) high

City-centre lock-ups

from £23

4.6m (15ft) long x  2.4m (7ft 10in) wide. Extra high units are available for tall vehicles.

* There are two types of parking space - ground level and underground.

Anyone can apply to rent a parking space or garage, but the government adds VAT for anyone who is not a Portsmouth City Council tenant or leaseholder.

If you'd like to buy a small parcel of land from the council (for parking or gardening use, such as putting up a shed or garage) you'll be responsible for paying our legal and surveyors' costs which are about £750.

This payment includes a non-refundable, up-front payment of around £300 for the initial investigations and a £450 legal fee to be paid on completion. VAT is added to most transactions.

The price of land used for parking or gardening is around £100 - £150 per square metre. If you want to buy land to build an extension to your residential property, the price is assessed differently. Planning permission for a change of use is often required for land sales.

The basic procedure for purchasing land from us is:

  1. Email us  at hpsland@portsmouthcc.gov.uk to ask if we will sell a particular area of land, confirming what you wish to use it for, and specifying how you will enclose the land once it's yours.
  2. We will confirm whether the land is ours.
  3. If it is, we consult with various council departments to find out if we can sell the land for your specified use.  This usually takes a few days.
  4. If we can't sell for that usage, we'll let you know why.
  5. If we can sell for that use, we sometimes need to consult with other people (such as other residents in the area), which may take up to six weeks.  We have to consider local people's views, so may have to write to them to see if anyone objects to your proposals or if they want to buy the land themselves.
  6. Based on the result of our investigations we will either make you an offer, or reject your proposal. All offers we make are subject to contract and without prejudice. Offers, usually, are valid for 12 months to give you enough time to apply for any relevant planning permission.
  7. At this point, if you need planning permission for change of use you would need to apply and pay all associated costs. Follow the links for information on submitting a planning application in Portsmouth or for land in Havant (such as Leigh Park).
  8. If planning permission is granted, you can accept our offer by email and appoint a solicitor. After accepting, we pass the sale to our legal team for preparation of the deed, and to complete the sale. The legal process takes around 8-16 weeks.

To find out what's available, please email hpsland@portsmouthcc.gov.uk with the following information:

  • Whether you are interested in parking spaces, garages (or both) - or a small area of land
  • Your address
  • The address or area you are looking in

To enquire about larger areas of land or potential development sites, please email commercialpropertyforsale@portsmouthcc.gov.uk instead.

You'll need to sign a licence agreement that lists the conditions of use, which you can download below.

It's easy to make regular payments by direct debit - you'll need to give the council's details to your bank:

  • Portsmouth City Council Collection Account, Barclays Bank Ltd, 107 Commercial Road, Portsmouth, PO1 1BT
  • Account number 23526623
  • Sort code 20-69-40

Alternatively, you can:

Pay for your garage or parking space online

Please contact us to give one week's notice if you wish to vacate your garage or parking space.

If we need to end the agreement we will give you at least one week's written notice.

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