Resident Parking Permit

If you live in a controlled parking zone (CPZ) we offer resident permits and resident visitor permits.

You can only use a resident permit to park in permit bays and shared permit and pay & display bays within your parking zone. A resident permit does not guarantee you a parking space. You cannot park in pay & display bays (within their hours of operation), loading bays, disabled bays, doctor bays, on single or double yellow lines or in suspended parking bays.

Applying for a resident permit

Are you living in a car free development?

Before you apply for a resident permit please check the list above. We aim to keep the list correct and up to date. There can be times when there are overlaps in information. We will let you know if you apply for a permit and your property has any constraints.

Does your zone have a waiting list?

Some of our Controlled Parking Zones have waiting lists. Please check our waiting list information page

Applying for a resident permit

To apply for a resident permit, you need to meet the resident permit terms and conditions

We will need to see:

  • Your vehicle registration documents (V5C). This must be in your name and registered at the address for which you are requesting the permit
  • Two proofs of residency (you must be resident in the city for a minimum of five nights per week)

Please note that:

  • Each resident can apply for one resident permit but there is no limit on the number of residents who can apply in any one household
  • Residents with access to off-street parking or that live in a car free development are not eligible for a resident permit
  • Residents with vehicles which weigh more than 2,540 kilograms, are over 2.25 metres high or are over 6 metres long cannot apply for a permit.

Application form

To apply for a resident permit, download and complete the application form and return it to us at the parking permit centre either in person or by post.

Low emission vehicles 

Low emission is defined as a vehicle (not a diesel vehicle) that produces 120g/km or less CO2 emissions.This needs to be verified by the production of the V5C

Vehicles registered before March 2001 do not show CO2 emissions and therefore do not qualify for a discount

From 3 April 2017 low emission diesel vehicles do not qualify for a discount. and are charged at the full permit price. For further details please see our fees and charges web page 

Renew your resident permit

We will send you a renewal letter at the beginning of the month that your permit is due to run out.

If you apply online with less than 5 working days we cannot guarantee your application will be processed and arrive before the expiry of your current permit. If an expired permit is displayed in your vehicle then you could receive a penalty charge notice (PCN).

Renew by post or at the parking permit centre

Please complete this form and return it to us at the parking permit centre to renew your permit.

Sending payments by post

Cheques or money orders should be made payable to Brighton & Hove City Council

Do not send cash in the post.