Resident parking permit

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


Before you start make sure you know which parking zone you live in. You can do this on the Find Your Parking Zone Map 

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

  • A resident permit lets you 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
  • There might be a waiting list for a parking permit in your parking zone

On this page, you can:

Apply for a resident parking permit

We have a different form if you're applying for a permit in the new parking zone P

To apply for a 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, 

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

If you want to pay by cash or card, you can visit the parking permit centre at Hove Town Hall.

What you'll need to apply

You will need to:

To provide your permit, we will need to see:

  • your vehicle registration documents (V5C) - 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 resident in the city for a minimum of five nights per week)

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

Information for Students residing in Brighton and Hove 

Please see the Resident Permits - Information for Students webpage for informtion on applying 

Who can't apply

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

  • have access to off-street parking, or
  • live in a car-free development (PDF), or
  • have a vehicle which weighs more than 2,540 kilograms, is over 2.25 metres high or is over 6 metres long
  • if you are 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 then you could receive a penalty charge notice (PCN).

More information about resident parking permits

Change your details (name, address or vehicle)

Learn how you can:

Where you can and can't park with a resident parking permit

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

You can't park in:

  • pay & 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 will need to know your vehicle's CO2 emissions. This can be found on your VC5 form or on the DVLA website.

If you choose the wrong rate it will result in you having to come in person to pay at Hove Town Hall. 

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