Electric vehicles and charging

Service update: Friday 3 April 2020

Due to the current situation relating to the Covid-19 pandemic, the council is having to reduce or stop services.

Our parking phone line is open from 9am to 1pm. We cannot currently accept cheque as a payment method. 

Parking Permit Centre 

The Parking Customer Service Team are not able to offer a counter service at present, the online service and emails are currently unaffected.

The parking customer service phone lines will now only be answered between 9am-1pm. 

We aim to continue to issue parking permits, however it may not be possible, as swiftly as we would like, as council staff are having to prioritise essential services.  Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience, we hope to return to usual service standards as soon as possible.

We aim to acknowledge your email within 2 working days.

For details of how we handle the information that you provide to us, please read our data processing and privacy notices

Key Workers and Carers

We are making a number of concessions to key workers and carers to support their important work on a temporary basis.  We will be providing more information on this soon.

NHS and social workers

We will be providing free parking for NHS staff and social care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. This will enable them to park in on street parking bays and council owned car parks without having to worry about cost or time restrictions.

These workers need to display either their Key Worker Letter or a copy of their work identification (with any sensitive information removed) in their windscreen or, when parking in barrier car parks, buzz the intercom and show their pass.

This will enable them to park in on street parking bays and council owned car parks without having to worry about cost or time restrictions.

Parking Enforcement

Parking enforcement is operating a core hours service and is focussing on the more serious contraventions and incidents of obstructive or dangerous parking that could have a more significant impact on safety and traffic flow.

It is important to keep the city moving and ensure essential services and supplies can be accessed by people most in need of support.  We will continue to monitor the situation in line with government advice


Electric vehicles and charging

Brighton & Hove City Council has committed to becoming a carbon neutral city by 2030. 

As electric vehicle ownership grows, we are expanding our network of charging locations.  More than 200 new on-street charging points have been installed across the city, thanks, in part, to a £300,000 grant from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles.

Charging my electric vehicle

Find a charging point

You can find your nearest charging point by downloading the Electric Blue App to your mobile phone.

4 rapid taxi charging hubs are also being proposed in:

  • Preston Park
  • Ashton Rise
  • Brighton Racecourse
  • Victoria Road

These hubs can be used by electric vehicle owners until such time that taxi uptake requires all the bays.

Charging your car

The Electric Blue App enables users to register and view local charge points in one place. Charge will be started via this App and at certain points, contactless payment will be available. The App will also contain information about parking zones and permit restrictions.

If you do not have access to a smart phone, please call the number on the unit and provide your payment details to start your charge.


Both taxi rapid hubs and residential chargers will cost 26p per kWh and are fuelled by 100% renewable energy.

Chargers being blocked by a non-electric vehicle

In response to potential blocked bays, we have conducted surveys on the charging point locations to assess the likelihood of the bays being blocked.

25 mandatory EV bays have been marked and we will continue to monitor the remaining spaces.

Non-EV cars parked in a mandatory EV bay may be subject to a Penalty Charge Notice.

Reporting a problem with a charging point

If a charging point is damaged or not working, you can contact the Charging Point Operator Electric Blue by calling 0330 111 0078.

Request an electric vehicle charge point

If you would like to request an electric vehicle charge-point in your street or local area or have a query, please contact us by:

email: electric.vehicles@brighton-hove.gov.uk

telephone: 01273 295 924 - our lines are open 10am to 4pm.

More information

Resident parking permits

We offer a 50% discount for resident parking permits for eligible low-emission vehicles.

Funding for electric vehicles

The UK government website provides information on grants to reduce the price you pay for brand new electric and hybrid vehicles.

Electric Brighton

Electric Brighton is a community-lead website with useful information about electric vehicles, charging facilities and other forms of clean transport being adopted across the city.