Factsheet: Residents' parking permits

Introduction

Residents’ parking schemes are used in areas where there is more demand than spaces. These restrictions apply on ALL bank holidays except Christmas Day and unless stated otherwise. They don’t guarantee a parking space but help manage parking for people living in those areas.

Most flats or houses are eligible for two resident’s permits and two books of visitors permits per year however, any property re-developed or converted, or any new building developments completed after the introduction of a permit scheme, do not automatically qualify for parking permits.

Do not assume that because the road signs nearby say resident only permit holders that every property is eligible for a permit, and that every car owning person living there will be able to have a permit.

We strongly recommend prior to moving home, you ensure necessary checks are made by yourself or legal representatives to ensure your prospective home is eligible to receive a residents’ parking permit.

New developments or conversions may have condition’s imposed by the local council’s planning office in the planning consent which restrict or exclude that property from access to on street permits. Such information will be contained in the planning documentation held by the local planning authority.

Student houses and HMO’s are often still deemed a single dwelling as far as permit allocations go, so only get the same 2 permit allocation.

Each Visitor permit book contains 30 one day use permits. You cannot buy more than two books in any one year, and not all zones have a visitor permit option. We will let you know about these when you apply.

An eligible address checklist can be found here. In situations of any doubt, we advise you to contact us on 0345 155 1004.

Check to see if your area has a parking scheme and read our terms and conditions to ensure you can have a permit. If your area has a scheme and your vehicle is registered at your address you should:

  • apply to purchase a permit as soon as possible online at www.devonpermits.org
  • display a valid permit at all times when parked in a residents only area – if you don’t you can receive a parking ticket

If you do not have internet access you can use your local library’s computers free of charge.

If your vehicle is not registered at the permit address please contact us at parkingservices@devon.gov.uk or on 0345 155 1004 for further advice before buying a permit.