Permit parking schemes

Local permit parking schemes

Borough and district councils administer the permit parking schemes in their area on our behalf, except as mentioned below.

In Waverley, all schemes, except those in Farnham, are administered by Guildford Borough Council. The permit schemes in Tandridge are administered by Sevenoaks District Council, and the permit schemes in Surrey Heath are administered by Woking Borough Council.

For more details or to apply for a permit, contact your borough or district council:

Elmbridge | Epsom and Ewell | Guildford or Guildford for permits in Waverley excluding Farnham | Mole Valley | Reigate and Banstead | Runnymede | Spelthorne | Surrey Heath | Tandridge | Waverley | Woking

Introduction of a permit parking scheme

We use permit parking schemes to prioritise the available parking space for use by permit holders only. Typically, this would be where residents are finding it hard to park near their homes because there are large numbers of non-residents parking there.

Criteria for introduction of a permit scheme

Generally, the criteria for introduction of a permit scheme are:

  • There must be a need for residents to park on street. If residents have lots of off street parking, there is no point in introducing a permit scheme, as it will simply result in an empty road and may cause problems in other streets through displacement.
  • The majority of residents must be in favour of a permit scheme. We would generally want to have over 70% of residents' responses to a consultation in favour of a scheme. This is however, not an absolute requirement. It may still be appropriate to install a scheme even if less than 70% of residents were in favour, if for example, all the other nearby roads were going to go ahead with a scheme.
  • There must be a significant amount of non-resident parking. There is no point in installing a permit scheme in a location where nearly all of the vehicles currently parking there belong to residents.

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Frequently asked questions

At the bottom of the page is a sheet of generic frequently asked questions (FAQs) about permit parking schemes. Each scheme can have different conditions and rules. However, there are some key points to note, which are further explained in the FAQs:

  • There is a cost associated with permits.
  • There are limits on the number of permits issued.
  • A permit scheme cannot guarantee a parking space.

How are new schemes introduced?

Depending on the size and complexity of the scheme, it may be developed through our parking review process. Some larger schemes may need external consultants, or could be undertaken in-house but separately from the general parking reviews.

Introducing a new permit scheme is not a quick or simple process. The changes to the road may only be a few new signs and lines, but there is a lot of detailed work that has to be done in the background, such as consultation with residents and stakeholders, and the legal order making procedure.

If you would like us to consider a permit scheme where you live, you can find a parking scheme request template towards the bottom of our parking reviews webpage. You should print this out and once it has been signed by at least 70% of the households in the road, return it to us.

We receive a lot of requests for permit schemes, but we can only realistically consider taking any of them forward to a consultation stage once we have seen a significant expression of interest. We also have to consider what the impact of a scheme might be on surrounding roads.

Types of scheme signs and markings

There are a couple of different of types of permit signing and marking that we can introduce. Engineers will decide which scheme is most appropriate depending on the road(s) in question.

  • Permit parking areas. These are schemes where there are no road markings, only signs which say "Permit holders only past this point", at the entry points to the area.
  • Permit parking bays with signs. These are just like normal parking bays, but the signs will say "Permit holders only". Some bays may be 'dual use', for example "Permit holders or 2 hours no return within 2 hours". This means if you have a permit you can park for an unlimited amount of time, but if you don't, you can still park for up to two hours for free.

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