Apply for a resident parking permit
There are few things you need to check before applying:
- Check you are eligible for a permit by reading the permit eligibility guidance
- Check which zone your property is eligible for. Please note, not all properties within a resident parking zone will be eligible for a parking permit
Remember: If you still need to register the vehicle at the address where the parking permit is needed, or the V5 (V5C) is currently being processed with DVLA, you will only be able to apply for a temporary residents' parking permit until you receive the vehicle's new V5C from the DVLA.
Charges for resident and temporary residents' parking permits
|Zone number||First permit (12 months)||Second permit (12 Months)||Temporary permit|
|Zone 17||£100||Not eligible||£15|
|Zone 18||£60||Not eligible||£15|
|Zone 20-22||£100||Not eligible||£12.50|
|Zone 23||£60||Not eligible||£15|
Before you fill in this form
You won't be able to save this form to complete later, so please allow yourself 5-10 minutes to fill in the form.
You will need to provide the following documents, if you’re unsure on what type of proofs to provide, find out more about the types of documents we accept.
- Proof of vehicle ownership
- Proof of residence
- Payment card (registered with 3D secure)
- A printer - you can carry on without a printer but you will need one to print the temporary permit
- If you are not the registered keeper of the vehicle because it belongs to an employer, parent, business, or partner for example, you will also need to provide a letter of authorisation from the keeper or company. More information in our frequently asked questions below
Once your online application is submitted and paid for, you can print a three week temporary permit to display in your vehicle while your annual permit is being processed.
We aim to process your application within two working days of your request. Once we have processed your application, you should receive your permit in the post within seven working days.
Remember: 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.
If you are a city centre resident or anyone wishing to park in the city centre on a regular basis, you may benefit from buying a season ticket to get cheaper parking. Please see the guidance on the different options, charges and on how to apply for City Centre season tickets.
Using your parking permit
You will only be able to park in the zone you have been issued on your permit. You can check your zone boundary and restriction times using the zone map.
Please make sure you also check the roadside plates when you park to check when restrictions are in force.
Find more information on how to use your parking permit on our website.
A Residents’ Parking permit only applies to the vehicle whose registration number appears on that permit.
Frequently asked questions
I’ve lost my parking permit, how do I replace it? SHOW
Replacing a parking permit will cost £14 and can be done by visiting Gateway.
I no longer need my parking permit, what do I need to do? SHOW
If you are moving out of your property or simply wish to cancel your parking permit, you will need to let us know by either:
- By post: you will need to include a written request to cancel along with your old parking permit and post it to Parking Services, Southampton City Council, PO Box 1098, Southampton, SO14 7WE
- At Gateway: you will need to bring in your old parking permit with you
Remember: If you wish to re-apply for a parking permit, you will need to wait until the old one has been cancelled before applying for a new one.
Can I get a refund? SHOW
Refunds will no longer be offered on the permit charge for permits issued after 1 June 2018. The permit charge is to cover the administration costs of issuing the permit and maintaining the zone.
What if I'm not the registered keeper of the vehicle or I am the hirer of the vehicle? SHOW
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:
1. 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 confirming that the vehicle is registered to the address for which you are applying for the parking permit.
2. 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 vehicle is registered to another address while I’m living in Southampton as a student, what can I do? SHOW
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.
Warning: Section 115 of the Road Traffic Regulations Act, 1984
Provides penalties for any person who makes a false statement to obtain a permit 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 permit as to be calculated to deceive.
Misuse of a parking permit is fraud. We will investigate all reports of the misuse of permits.