Portsmouth city council

Information on applying for a resident parking permit, where to buy scratchcards for visitor parking and answers to questions about residents' parking in the city follow below.

For further information email parking@portsmouthcc.gov.uk or phone 023 9268 8310 to check you are eligible for a permit. 

The first resident permit is £30 per annum to qualifying residents - charges also apply for the second permit and third permit if approved (see permit costs below). Please note the new charge for third and subsequent permits which comes into effect for permits with a start date from 1 January 2017.

To check that you qualify and to register your vehicle, we need to see the following documents:

  • proof of your address - such as a valid tenancy agreement or solicitor’s letter confirming purchase, a Council Tax bill, driving licence or utility bill 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 and include the permit address - you can be issued with a temporary, six-week permit if it is an old address or a new keeper supplement.

How to apply

Please apply online at parkingpermits.portsmouth.gov.uk - you will need to scan or photograph, then upload a copy of your vehicle registration document. Proof of address and payment will also be required.  Your permit will then be printed and posted to you.

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, along with photo ID, such as a photocard driving licence (this can also serve as proof of address). 

Your application will be for the parking zone your address falls in. Please allow seven days for a new permit to be issued. 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.  

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.  When this is provided, the full permit will be issued, valid for the remainder of the 12 months.

Temporary permits

For the six-week temporary permit, we need to see either the new keeper’s supplement, insurance documents or vehicle registration document with another address. Temporary permits are only issued after you've paid for your resident permit (see costs below), and on the basis that the vehicle will be registered in your name and to an address within the zone.

Payment

We can accept payment by cash, cheque or card at the Civic Offices or cheque by post - we can phone you and take a card payment if you have emailed images of your documents.  Please note if you use a credit card to pay, this will incur a fee.

Permit costs

All permits and business permits have a cost attached:

Cost per yearFirst permit Second permitThird and subsequent permits
 Resident  £30  £60

 £120 (where space allows)

New or renewed permits with a start date of 1 January 2017 or after will be charged at the new rate of £510

Business  £120  £240

 £360

New or renewed permits with a start date of 1 January 2017 or after will be charged at the new rate of £510

All bays which can be used by permit holders are identified by the words 'XX zone permit holders exempt' on the sign, (where 'XX' are 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.

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 £10 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.

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.

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 with a gross weight less than 3,501kg 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.

Taxis

Lease cars can be issued with a residents’ parking permit by providing a letter from the leasing company giving details of the vehicle registration, make and model and the lease period together with proof of address.

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.

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.

To qualify for a permit your vehicle must be registered in your name and to an address within the zone.

Please refer to the section 'How do I apply for a resident permit' for further information.

Permits are issued per postal 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 and would qualify for up to two permits.

If you live in a room in a shared house, the house is classed as one postal address and qualifies for up to two permits. A third permit may be issued where space allows. 

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, along with photo ID, such as a photocard driving licence (this can also serve as proof of address). 

Only residents can purchase 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:

  • Visitor Parking for 12 Hours £1
    • Visitor Parking for 24 Hours £1.90
    • Visitor Parking for 4 days £5.70
    • Visitor Parking for 7 days £10

Scratchcards for all zones can be bought at Central Library, Guildhall Square and Civic Offices reception, Guildhall Square and there are local purchase points for some zones - see the list below. You can also buy visitor parking by registering your home or mobile number with the RingGo website.

The local purchase points for different zones are in the table below.

 Scratchcard purchase point Zone
Albert Road Post Office, 114 Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JS MA and MC
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, BD and BF
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
Portsea Library or Portsea Housing Office at the John Pounds Community Centre,  23 Queen Street, PO1 3HN JA
Portsea Library or Portsea Housing Office at the John Pounds Community Centre, 23 Queen Street, PO1 3HN 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

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