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Trade permits – dispensations

Trade permits and parking waivers sometimes called dispensations allow contractors, landlords and agents special permission to park on restricted roads across Devon whilst working at an adjacent property. These permits are not valid whilst working in Torbay or Plymouth.  Please see their websites for details of their own dispensation permit schemes.

These permits would usually be used to carry out building or repair work at a property where it is essential to park at or close to that property to do the work, and there are no other viable parking options available.  They should not be used to commute to and park near to where you will be working.  Unless you need regular access to tools that can only be stored in your vehicle and not onsite, you should park onsite, elsewhere or share travel with other workmates.

You don’t need one of these permits if you’re:

  • moving in to or out of a property – removal vans are exempt when loading and unloading unless there are yellow kerb markings to indicate that there is a ban on loading
  • in a wedding or funeral car – these are exempt for the service, but any private cars attending a service are not
  • attending to an emergency involving gas, electric, water, sewerage, roofing or building collapse and are making it safe. The exemption does not include time taken to make repairs. You will need to find a parking space whilst repairs are made.
  • attending a pre-booked appointment to service a gas appliance

We offer a variety of permits to help contractors avoid parking fines whilst working and charges vary. View current permit charges. These permits are not valid in any public or private off-street car parks.

Daily or weekly permits and parking waivers are digital or virtual permits. Going digital allows us to issue trade permits for parking spaces on the same day.

Daily or weekly trade permits – valid for a day or 1 week. Can be bought on the day if needed. Trade permits allow the holder to park in resident permit only or pay & display spaces or use limited waiting spaces if that is the only other option on the road where working.

Parking waiver permits – valid for a day or 1 week.  These must be applied for at least 48 hours ahead of time to guarantee that your application is considered, decided and you are notified before the work starts. Waiver permits exempts the holder to park on any yellow line restrictions where there are no yellow kerb blips banning loading, or park in pedestrianised areas.

Should any of the parking space types listed above become available whilst working onsite, a waiver also allows the vehicle to be parked in any of those as well. Please use a parking space whenever possible.

The following are also available to frequent users,  but you need to register and be pre-approved by the Council in advance before you can buy these online:

  • annual trade permits – valid for a year allows all day use of resident-only spaces and limited waiting bays, or combinations of both
  • short stay permit books – each permit valid for up to 3 hours. Allows use of pay & display spaces in addition to those stated above.  You can use additional permits if you need to extend the period of parking time you need.

Annual Permits are not valid for use on any yellow lines or in restricted or pedestrianised zones.

An annual trade permit can also be used by landlords, estate or letting agents to allow access to properties they own or represent for viewings, inventory or supervising maintenance only, but should not be used within a one-mile radius of the address for which it was issued.

How to register for annual trade permits

Contractors: If you are a contractor applying for an annual permit or short stay permits please complete this contractor registration form and read the terms and conditions.

Landlords and letting agents: If you are a landlord or letting agent applying for an annual permit or short stay permits please complete this landlord and letting agents registration form and read the terms and conditions.

Please allow at least 7 working days from submission for our response.

How to apply for annual permits

Once your registration has been confirmed you can go online and apply for an annual trade or dispensation permit  but, before you apply please, read our trade permits and parking waivers terms and conditions of use.

All annual permits and scratch card permit books are sent out by first class post.

How to apply for a daily or weekly trade permit

Daily and weekly trade permits and parking waivers can be bought online via MiPermit Devon.

Payment by credit or debit card must be made at the time of applying. If we are unable to approve your application, you will be notified as soon as is possible and you will be refunded automatically. Refunds may take up to 3 working days typically before showing in the card account used.

You do have the option to set up an account to ease future applications or be a casual user on an ‘as and when basis’.  Account-holders are able to save vehicle details, card numbers, make real-time changes to use a single permit more flexibly, for example, defer an upcoming start date if the job is delayed, use the permit with one vehicle registration number on-site in the morning, and a different one in the afternoon or on different days if using weekly permits.

Before you do so, read our trade permits and parking waivers terms and conditions of use.

Read our step by step guide to the new application process for daily and weekly permits.