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Trade permits – dispensations

Trade permits and parking waiver permits allow contractors, landlords and agents special permission to park on restricted roads across Devon whilst working at an adjacent property.

These permits cannot be used whilst working in Torbay or Plymouth.  Please see their websites for details of their own dispensation permit schemes.

This would usually be 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.

These permits should not be used for convenient parking 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 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*
  • attending a pre-booked appointment to service a gas appliance

*The exemption does not apply if you go on to then undertake the necessary repair whilst on site.

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.

The following permits are available without the need to pre-register:

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. This permit allows the holder to use any yellow line restrictions where there are no yellow kerb blips banning loading, or park in pedestrianised areas.

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.

You need to pre-register and be approved by the Council in advance before you can buy:

  • annual trade permits – valid for year and allows for parking in resident-only spaces and limited waiting bays, or combinations of both
  • short stay permit books – valid for up to 3 hours. Can be used to park in resident-only spaces, pay & display and limited waiting bays

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.

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

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

Account-holders will be able to make real-time changes and use a single permit more flexibly, for example, the permit can be used with one vehicle registration number on-site in the morning, and a different one in the afternoon or different days if using weekly permits.

You simply need to remember to login to your account and amend the registration number linked to your active permit number.

Account-holders can advance book their future needs without having to enter all their details in full each time.

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 a response.

How to apply for annual permits

Once your registration has been confirmed you can go online and apply for dispensation permits before you apply, read our guide to trade permits and parking waivers.

How to apply for a daily or weekly permit

Daily and weekly trade permits and parking waivers can be bought online. Payment must be made at the time of applying. If we are unable to approve your application, your payment will be refunded automatically.

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’. Before you do so, read our guide on trade permits and parking waivers.

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