Residential parking permits – 5 things you need to know
If you live in an area with parking restrictions you may find the following info helpful:
1. How much will the residential parking permits cost?
You can have one ‘open permit’ for free, this can be used for any vehicle as it doesn’t include a vehicle registration number.
If you only have one car this means you won’t have to pay anything to park near your home.
A second ‘open permit’ will cost £15 – you may choose to buy this If you need a permit for the other cars at your home or for visitors
- The second ‘open permits’ need to be renewed every 12 months (you can only have 2 open permits per household).
‘Specific permits’ for vehicles registered to your address cost £15 each, they include the vehicle registration number so it can’t be swapped between vehicles.
- ·You only have to get a new ‘specific permit’ when you change your vehicle
2. I don’t think we need parking restrictions where we live, will you take them away?
If the situation where you live has changed and parking isn’t a problem anymore you can request that the restrictions are removed.
You will need to talk to your neighbours and if 60% of them need to agree that it should be removed then there is a form you can download
3. Why should I pay to park outside my own home?
Nobody has the right to park outside their house on a public road. However, we understand that being able to park near your home is more convenient; which is why when residents have problems parking near their home we provide the option of applying for a residential parking permit scheme. However it costs money to run a parking scheme and we think it is fairest if the people who benefit from it pay for it.
4. I don’t mind paying, but are you going to enforce it?
Our officers will make regular patrols at all parking restriction areas, but I am sure you understand that we can’t be everywhere all the time.
5. What happens next?
The changes are expected to start on 1 February 2016. If you live in a parking restriction area you will receive a letter telling you about the changes and how to apply for your new residential parking permits before the 1 Feb 16.