Resident parking permits

Residents of zones U, M, Y and Z

Apply for residents and visitor parking permits through MyAccount.

All other zones

Apply for a permit and renew a permit online.

To provide your new permit, we will need to see:

  • your vehicle registration documents (V5C) and/or the current valid insurance policy- this must be in your name and registered at the address listed on your permit application form
  • two acceptable proofs of residency that must be dated within the last three months - you must be a resident at the address you are applying for, for a minimum of five nights per week

Phone lines

Demand for our service has increased during the pandemic. Telephone calls have more than tripled and we are working hard to reduce the backlog. We apologise to our customers for the difficulties this has caused.

If you have applied for a new resident parking permit you can expect to receive this 7 days from submission to process

If you have applied for a renewal application you can expect to receive this 7 days from submission

Please use the online service and emails as these are unaffected. We aim to acknowledge your email within 10 working days. General enquiries can be sent to parking@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

If you cannot access the internet we will assist you completing the online form. This may require you to take extra steps after the phone call to complete your application, such as providing proof of address or vehicle documents by post. The parking services phone line is open to support customers unable to access our service through the website and online forms, officers answering these calls will only be able to assist you completing online forms.  If you require assistance you can phone us on 01273 296 622 between 9am – 1pm Monday to Friday. Please note the average wait time on this line is over 30 minutes.

Resident parking permit

Before you start, find out which parking zone you live in using our parking zones map.

If you live in a controlled parking zone (CPZ) we offer resident permits and visitor permits that your guests can use.

A resident permit lets you park in permit bays and shared permit and pay and display bays within your parking zone.

A resident permit does not guarantee you a parking space and there might be a waiting list for a parking permit in your parking zone.

Apply online

If you want to apply for new parking permits, you can now do it online.

Once your application has been verified you will receive a link to make payment.  You need to allow 7 working days for your permit to arrive after you have made the payment.

Please ensure that our emails are not being redirected into your email junk folder as you may also receive emails if we, for example, need any more information from you.

Please seek alternative parking until you receive your permit and this can be displayed in your vehicle. You could receive a penalty charge notice (PCN) if you park without the permit on display.

If you already have a permit you can also renew online, please see the renewal section below.

Apply by post

To apply for a new resident permit, you will need to download and complete the application form and send it to:

Resident parking permit applications
Customer Service Centre
Hove Town Hall
Norton Road
BN3 3BQ

Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to Brighton & Hove City Council. Please do not send cash in the post.

What you'll need to apply

You will need to:

To provide your permit, we will need to see:

  • your vehicle registration documents (V5C) and/or the current valid insurance policy- this must be in your name and registered at the address listed on your permit application form
  • acceptable proofs of residency that must be dated within the last 3 months - you must be a resident at the address you are applying for, for a minimum of 5 nights per week

You can only apply for one resident permit per person but there is no limit on the number of residents who can apply in any one household.

Students living in Brighton & Hove 

Find information about resident permits for students and how to apply.

Who can't apply

You're not eligible for a parking permit if you:

  • have access to off-street parking
  • live in a car-free development (PDF 202KB)
  • have a vehicle which weighs more than 2,540 kilograms, is over 2.25 metres high or is over 6 metres long
  • if you're a landlord, property owner or do not reside at the application address on a full time basis - this includes second home owners

Renew your resident parking permit

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

All applications received by the 15th of the month will ensure receipt of the new permit by the end of that month, otherwise, please allow 7 working days for your permit to arrive. If an expired permit is displayed in your vehicle, you could receive a penalty charge notice (PCN).

More information about resident parking permits

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Where you can park with a resident parking permit

You can use your resident permit to park in permit bays and shared permit and pay and display bays within your parking zone. 

You can't park in:

  • pay and display bays within their hours of operation
  • loading bays
  • disabled bays
  • doctor bays
  • on single or double yellow lines
  • suspended parking bays

CO2 emissions

To apply for a permit, you'll need to know your vehicle's CO2 emissions. You can find this on your VC5 form or from the DVLA.

From 3 April 2017, low emission diesel vehicles do not qualify for a discount and are charged at the full permit price. Vehicles registered before March 2001 do not show CO2 emissions and therefore do not qualify for a discount. They are charged at the standard permit price.

Low emission vehicle (not diesel) produces 110g per km or less CO2 emissions.

Standard emission vehicle:

  • petrol vehicle producing between 111g per km and 165g per km CO2 emissions
  • diesel vehicle producing up to 165g per km CO2 emissions 

High emission vehicle produces 166g per km or more CO2 emissions.