Essential work permits

Please Note: The Parking permit centre now closes at 1pm on Tuesdays

Essential work permits are known as dispensations. We offer these if you are providing essential services in the city to keep it running. For example if you are working on the gas or electricity network. This is also known as statutory duties.

We also issue essential work permits to council workers who are required to make short and frequent stops throughout the city to provide essential services such as building surveys.



Can I get a dispensation?

To find out if you can get a dispensation here are details about the two different dispensations we issue;

How do I apply for or renew a dispensation?

You should complete a dispensation application form and return it to us by post or in person.

What documents do I need to provide?

You need to provide confirmation on headed paper from your line manager that:

  • you are carrying out essential duties
  • your stay will be no longer than 20 minutes or 1 hour for a council dispensation
  • that there is no alternative parking available

You will also be required to show company identification such as your staff ID.

How much will it cost and how can I pay?

A dispensation is £40 for 12 months.

We accept payment by cash, cheque and credit or debit card, including American Express.

Please write your name and address on the reverse of the cheque and make it payable to Brighton & Hove City council.

Where can I park with a dispensation?

Find you where you can park by visiting the web page on essential work dispensation or essential council work dispensations.

Application Form

Please complete the permit application form

I am changing my vehicle what do I need to do?

You need to complete a change of vehicle form and return it to us by post or in person.

I no longer require my dispensation what do I do?

Please return it to us as soon as possible and we will issue a refund for each full unused month. Just complete the refund form, return in to us by post or in person  and we will either credit this to your, or the person who paid for the dispensation, bank account or send a cheque.

I have received a Penalty Charge Notice when using my dispensation what do I do?

Please check the terms and conditions of use and also where you can park with a dispensation then decide if you should:

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