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Factsheet: Resident Permits - Information & FAQ's

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 DVLA registered at that address.  If your primary address is elsewhere, you should not hold a resident permit.

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 resident permit, however larger minibuses, motor caravans (mobile homes) and long wheel based commercial vehicles should be parked elsewhere if they will take up more than one average sized family car space.

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

Do not allow any unused permits you may have for your own address to be used by a non-resident or neighbours. They are not transferable and will be cancelled if sold on to another person.

A vehicle may only have 1 active permit at any given time and that should be issued in the name of the person on record as the registered keeper of that vehicle for the address stated on the V5C.


In conjunction with the University of Exeter travel guidelines, before you bring your car with you to university, please consider all other greener travel options.  Please don’t bring a car with you that you know will be parked up for long periods and unused unless one is essential to the course you are studying to regularly 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.

Do not buy a permit for shared accommodation houses more than 10 days before the start date of your tenancy.

Many landlords contract out  the maintenance and cleaning of their properties during August before the next years residents arrive.  All post left or delivered to the house during the empty period will be disposed of.  Our permits are posted out when you buy them. If you buy too far in advance and the permit is not there when you arrive,  you may be asked to buy another permit at its full cost.

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 and will not be refunded.

Please do not bring a vehicle with you that you know will be seldom used or that you cannot park at your address, as this will be a nuisance to other residents who live and work permanently in the area and need to use their vehicles daily.  Park considerately and safely at all times.

Blue Badge holders

Blue Badge holders displaying a valid Blue Badge are exempt in our on-street resident permit holder zones.

If you are a badge holder, and you regularly travel with friends or family in their cars and will take your blue badge with you for parking at your destination, we’d recommend that you still buy a resident permit for your own car.

Holding a  resident permits as well as a blue badge will avoid you receiving a penalty charge notice for leaving your own car at home in a resident permit only space without displaying either a valid permit or your Blue Badge.