Zone A (City Centre) Guidance

Guidance: City Centre Residents' (Zone A) Permit

For city centre residents living in eligible streets to park in designated pay and display bays, Gloucester Square or College Street car parks at any time.

Also, your vehicle must:

  • Not exceed five metres in length
  • Not weigh more than 3.5 tonnes
  • Not be adapted to carry more than eight passengers, excluding the driver (not drawing a trailer)

How many season tickets can I apply for?

A maximum of one permit is available per postal address however, the number of permits will be restricted in this zone to protect the economic viability of the city centre.


In which car parks can I use this season ticket?

You can park in any Pay & Display bays or selected car parks listed below:

On street parking
Albert Road South Castle Way Service Road Lower Canal Walk
Andersons Road Chantry Road Marsh Lane
Anglesea Terrace (part of) Chantry Road (part of) Orchard Place
(part of) Bernard Road Charles Street Paget Street
Briton Street College Street Queen’s Way
Brunswick Square Duke Street Richmond Street
Bugle Street Elm Terrace Royal Crescent
Canute Road Endle Street Terminus Terrace Service Road
Castle Square French Street Threefield Lane
Castle Way (part of) High Street Upper Bugle Street

Car parks*
College Street Car Park Gloucester Square Car Park*


*Gloucester Square car park will be closed for approximately 30 days during the Boat Show period. Alternative parking is available in College Street Car Park. You cannot use the permit to park in the reserved bays in Gloucester Square car park, or any other marked designated bays such as car club or disabled bays (unless you have a valid disabled person’s badge and it is displayed correctly).

There may be a height restriction in some car parks and you will need to choose either parking in a surface car park or parking in a multi-storey car park. You can also download the Zone A parking map.

Always check the signs for information about parking restrictions.


How much do season tickets cost?

  • For 12 months costs £1,000 (£100 for electric vehicles)
  • A discount may be available for those who live in a council or registered housing association registered property

All permits will be dated from the first day of the month in which they are issued.


How do I apply for a season ticket?

Download an application form and complete one for each Resident’s Season Ticket you require.

You will need:

  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of vehicle ownership
  • Proof of vehicle insurance
  • Proof of your rental agreement for your council / registered housing association property, (if applying for the discount)
  • Cheque (if applying by post)

You can either return the form by post or in person (by appointment) at Gateway.

Download an application form

For those applying for the discount: If you are unable to show all the required documentation, or we need time to verify the documents submitted, a one month permit will be offered at the pro-rata annual cost.


An administration charge will be made to replace a lost/damaged season ticket.

A refund for every complete unexpired month may be made upon surrender of a season ticket for which payment was originally made to the council. The refund will be made to the person who made the payment by cheque.


WARNING: Misuse of a season ticket is fraud. We will investigate all reports of the misuse of permits.

Section 115 of the Road Traffic Regulations Act, 1984
Provides penalties for any person who makes a false statement to obtain a season ticket or with intent to deceive, forges, or alters, or uses, or lends to, or allows to be used, or has in their possession any document so closely resembling any such season ticket as to be calculated to deceive.