Permit application guidance

Depending on the type of Parking Permit you are applying for, you will need to provide documents for proof of residence and proof of the vehicle ownership to obtain a Parking Permit. Information about the types of proof we accept can be found below.

The issue and use of Parking Permits is strictly controlled by the zones traffic regulation order. Please read this information carefully.

Remember: Failure to provide the correct documents or enclose a payment (if applicable) will delay your application. If we ask you for more information, you need to respond within three months or your application will be closed and you will not be refunded.

Please read the Resident's Parking Permit eligibility guidance beforehand so you know which types of Parking Permits you or your property is eligible for.


1. Residents' Parking Permits

For a Temporary Residents' Parking Permit, you will need:

  • Proof of residence in your name and showing the address for which you are applying for the Parking Permit
  • Copy of the front of the V5 (V5C) document or Proof of Ownership, showing your name and the address for which you are applying for the Parking Permit

We will not normally issue a second Temporary Parking Permit to the same individual, but does have the discretion to do so where it considers it reasonable and appropriate.

Remember: You will not be able to apply for a full 12-month Parking Permit until the day after the three-month Temporary Parking Permit expires.

For a 12-month Residents' Parking Permit, you will need:

  • Proof of residence in your name and showing the address for which you are applying for the Parking Permit
  • Copy of the front of the V5 (V5C) document, showing your name and the address for which you are applying for the Parking Permit
If you still need to register the vehicle at address where the Parking Permit is needed, or it is currently being processed with DVLA, you will need to apply for a Temporary Resident’s Parking Permit first.

2. Visitors' Parking Permits

For an Annual Visitors’ Parking Permit or Visitors scratch cards, you will need:

  • Proof of residence in your name and showing the address for which you are applying for the Parking Permit. Remember: You will only be able to apply for a Visitors’ Parking Permit once you have your Resident’s Parking Permit.

For Essential Visitors' Parking Permit, you will need:

  • Proof of residence in your name and showing the address for which you are applying for the Parking Permit

And one of the following:

  • Letter from your GP or a duly authorised officer of the Council, verifying the need for regular visits to provide care in your home
  • Copy of your Disabled Persons badge. Do not send the original
  • Suitable official written evidence that you are being attended by a personal assistant under the Self Operated Care Scheme, the Independent Living Fund, or equivalent
  • Evidence that you are being attended by a local authority carer
  • Evidence that you are in receipt of attendance allowance or the disability living allowance care component

3. Medical Permits

You will need:

  • Signature by you and your line manager. It must then be forwarded to your nominated authorising officer
  • Proof of vehicle ownership

Documents and evidence we accept

Proof of residence

This must be in your name, showing the address for which you are applying for the Parking Permit:

  • Council Tax bill
  • Bank statement (dated within the last three months)
  • Utility bill (dated within the last three months)
  • Official letter
  • Council/housing association rent books
  • DSS books
  • Solicitor's completion letter
  • Tenancy agreement from letting agency (not handwritten)
  • Child benefit/DWP correspondence

Proof of vehicle ownership (if V5C not available):

  • Copy of the front of the V5 (V5C document)
  • Certificate of motor insurance or cover note
  • Proof of Sale, signed and dated
  • Sales invoice
  • Completed Section 10 'New keeper's details' of the V5 (V5C)
  • Hire agreement, if less than 6 months
  • Lease agreement, if more than 6 months

What if I'm not the registered keeper of the vehicle?

You will need to provide a letter of authorisation from the keeper, giving you permission to use the vehicle along with a copy of the front of the V5 (V5C) of the vehicle. This letter must also give details of the vehicle make, model, colour and registration mark.

A letter of acknowledgement will be sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle confirming that a Resident's Parking Permit has been issued.

If any fall into any of the below groups, you will need to provide the following along with the proof of residence:

If the Parking Permit is for a vehicle which is registered to a parent/business/partner (who lives at the same address as you)

You will need to provide copy of the V5 (V5C) document, confirming the vehicle is registered to your partner or spouse and also confirming that the vehicle is registered to the address for which you are applying for the Parking Permit.

If the Parking Permit is for a company, work or lease vehicle (including Taxis)

We will need a signed and dated letter of authorisation from your employer, on company headed paper, confirming that you are the main driver. This letter must also give details of the vehicle make, model, colour and registration mark. You are not required to provide a copy of the V5 (V5C) of the vehicle.


My V5 (V5C) is currently with DVLA to be updated to my new address, what can I do?

If you still need to register the vehicle at the address where the Parking Permit is needed or it is currently being processed with DVLA, you can provide us with a copy of the Section 10 ‘New keeper’s details’ of the V5 (V5C). Please only do this if the V5 (V5C) is with DVLA.

You won’t be able to apply for a 12-month Resident’s Parking Permit but you can apply for a three month Temporary Parking Permit while you wait for your details to be updated.


My vehicle is registered to another address while I’m living in Southampton as a Student, what can I do?

You must register your vehicle at the address where you are living. If this isn’t possible, we will need to see proof of your student status along with proof of residence and a copy of the V5C for the vehicle.

This can be your Student reference number, which can be found on the top left of every letter you got from the course department.


Fair Processing Notice

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The information you have provided will be used for the purposes of parking management within the Southampton area including:

  • Processing and administering your Permit
  • Processing Penalty Charge Notices and collecting debt in relation to those notices
  • Preventing and detecting fraud in relation to Parking Permit applications

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