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Factsheet: Residents' parking permits

Who can have a permit?

Permits are usually issued to the full-time residents of the address, for use on a vehicle which is also registered at that address. Second home owners may need to supply supplementary evidence of eligibility.

Private cars, minibuses and motor caravans not able to carry more than 12 passengers and light goods vehicles (maximum laden weight 3500kgs) may use a permit issued under the provisions in this part of the order unless there are specific provisions in place to the contrary and information regarding this will be provided in the terms and conditions for the permit.  Larger minibuses, motor caravans and commercial vehicles should be parked elsewhere.

Motorbikes, with or without a sidecar do not need a permit in a residents’ parking scheme.

If you are reliant on regular visits from family, friends or professionals for essential support to allow you to live independently in your own home, you can apply for an essential visitor permit to share with your visitors whilst they are with you.

Blue Badge holders

Blue Badge holders no longer need to buy a resident permit to park on their street as displaying a valid Blue Badge is enough.

However, if you regularly travel with friends or family in their cars and will be relying on your blue badge for parking at your destination, we do recommend that you buy a resident permit for your own car to avoid receiving a penalty charge notice for not displaying a valid permit or Blue Badge while you were away from home.


In conjunction with the University of Exeter travel guidelines, before you bring your car with you to university, please explore greener travel options. Please only bring a car with you if it is essential to the course you are studying e.g. to travel to a work placement, or if you have a personal medical need to have use of a vehicle day to day

Student halls, new developments and re-developed properties are excluded from the on-street residents parking schemes around them.

If you choose to live in privately rented accommodation or HMO where permits are available, it will be up you and your housemates to prioritise who should have use of a permit. We cannot increase the allocation of permits per address so please do not ask us to.

It is an offence to buy a permit for an address that you do not actually live, even with that home owner’s permission. Any Devon County Council permit bought for an address in which you don’t live will be cancelled. Please do not bring a vehicle with you that you cannot park.