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Parking permits

All of our on-street parking permits and trade persons permits (dispensations) can be bought online. Once purchased, paper permits are sent out by first class post on the next working day.

From 3 January 2023, most of our resident zone permits will be issued as digital permits. Exeter S1 Matchday scheme and Sidmouth A permits will remain issued on paper at this time. The first permit issued will cost £35, but the price for any additional permits you buy will be linked to that vehicle’s road tax band. Motorcycle owners who use resident permit spaces for their bikes will also need to buy a permit in the future.

Paper permits will be phased out as existing permits come up for renewal. We’ll send you a reminder letter before your current permit expires with instructions on how to apply for an account with MiPermit to apply for your account.

Prior to applying for your permit please read our Residents’ parking permits factsheet for information about why zones are used and how they work. You’ll also find information on:

  • who is eligible for a permit
  • an eligible address checklist
  • our permit terms and conditions of use
  • exemptions for Blue Badge holders

You can also read the most frequently asked questions and answers.

Further information about the changes, the types of proof details that will be required for first time applications and the links to buy your permits can be found on our applications and renewals page.

Resident parking permits

Resident permit numbers are limited. Usually, no more than 2 permits are allowed and not all addresses will qualify. A permit does not guarantee you a parking space but does help manage parking for people living in those areas and improve accessibility to a space for most residents.

Resident visitors’ permits

Most addresses are entitled to 2 lots of visitor permits per year. You can either buy 2 blocks of visitor hours or 2 books of 30 one day scratch card permits or buy one of each type.

Prepaid e-visitor permits work similarly to paying for parking by phone or an app. You enter the registration number of your visitor’s car or cars and select the number of hours needed for the duration of their stay. You can extend the period if more time is needed via your MiPermit app or online.

You can purchase a book of 30 visitors’ permits for £30.00 (dependent on your location, restrictions apply). These can only be used by visitors to the address to which they were issued. They are not transferrable, refundable and cannot be sold on to anyone else.

Essential visitor permits

One essential visitor permit is available to most addresses for any full-time resident who is reliant on family or friends for regular support which enables them to continue to live independently in their own home. Typically these permits are issued to those with ongoing medical conditions, the elderly with infirmities, or those with a disability, with or without a Blue Badge.

The permit is issued to the resident for them to give out to those visiting them to provide care or support to place in their vehicle for the duration of their visit. The permit should be handed back to the resident for reuse when the care provider has finished their visit and is ready to leave.

This permit may also be issued to parents with children below school age who rely on another family member to provide childcare whilst the parent is at work.

From January 2023 there will be a charge of £10 for the permit.  A fresh application with supporting evidence to show ongoing eligibility will also be required at time of application. Family or friends may apply on behalf of the persons they support, but the permit holder name on the application and supporting documents should be that of the resident.

That evidence should show that you are the owners or occupiers of the address, and if you have a blue badge a photo or copy of the badge showing the holders name, badge number and expiry date. If this permit is for childcare use, one of the evidence documents should show the date of birth of the youngest child at the house who is looked after.  In the supporting statement give as much detail as you can about how the permit will be used and how often.

Care workers and medical staff have their own permit to display when visiting a patient or client’s home, but can use this permit too if visiting you.

Business permits

Business permits may be provided for vehicles necessary for the day to day operation of a business based within the area of a residents parking scheme or zone, for example, a florist or sandwich delivery vans. Maximum of three permits per business.  Guest house permits are also available to hotels operating in residential areas with no off street parking.

  • First permit £30 – second permit £75 – third permit £150.
  • Registered charities can obtain business permits at £30 each.
  • Supported Living residential addresses may also qualify for business permits at the lowest charged business permit price.
  • guest house £30 – allocation of one day permits.

Business permits do not provide further exemptions to a holder for loading or unloading at their work premises and they are not issued to allow the owners, managers, or staff to commute to and park near the business address in a resident zone whilst at work.

We are unable to add business permits to new businesses addresses or to a residential address where a business is operated from. You cannot have a business permit to add an additional vehicle to your home address’s allocation.

Work permits for contractors, landlords or property owners and agents

Contractor or Trade permits (dispensations) allow the holder to park on street in restricted areas across Devon. These permits are not valid in Torbay or Plymouth as they operate their own similar schemes.

Our trade permits and waivers are available daily or weekly and are usually used to carry out work at a property where it is essential to do that job to have a works vehicle parked close to the property. They should not be used to just get you to the worksite and home again later.

Professional removal vans are exempt, so don’t need a permit to park on yellow lines for loading and unloading, unless there is a prohibition of loading in place indicated by yellow kerb markings and in operation at the times you need to be working.

For more information on exemptions and how to register and apply please see Contractor Permits and Waivers scheme.   You must apply and be approved by the Council before you will be able to buy an annual permit  via our online page.  Daily and weekly permits can be applied for at anytime.

Report misuse of residents’ permits

If you suspect that a permit is being misused or has been obtained dishonestly we want to hear from you. Please use our online form to tell us more about your concerns and we will investigate.

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