Essential work permits
Find out if you can get an essential work parking permit, how to apply, how much it will cost, where you can park and answers to frequently asked questions.
Parking Permit centre
The Parking Permit centre at Hove Town Hall is closed.
Please use the online service.
The parking customer service phone lines are now only answered from 9am to 1:30pm.
Please be aware that there is a long wait for calls to be answered. Please use the online service as an alternative to calling us.
Phone 01273 29 66 22.
Essential work permits
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 2 different dispensations we issue:
How do I apply for or renew a dispensation?
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?
Please complete the permit application form.
I no longer need 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 and we will either credit this to your, or the person who paid for the dispensation, bank account.
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 on this page. Then decide if you should: