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Resident and Visitor Parking Permits


1. Who can apply for a parking permit?
If you live permanently in a resident parking area you can buy one permit to use in your own vehicle.  You can also buy day permits for your visitors (see note 10).

Under the terms of the Parking Order, the Council will ask you to produce evidence that the address given is where you usually live.  It is a serious offence to make a false statement to obtain a parking permit.

2. How do I apply?

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3. How much does a permit cost?
Currently a first permit for a car per address costs £62.00 per year, a second and additional permit for a car per address costs £78.00 per year and a permit for a motorcycle costs £25.00 per year.

Free of Charge Permits
Residents who fall into one or more of the following categories are eligible for a free permit:

  • Hold a disabled persons Blue Badge.
  • Are issued with a vehicle under the Mobility Scheme
  • Have a severe physical disability which restricts mobility - must produce evidence

The permit can be for the resident's own vehicle or a carer's vehicle if the resident is housebound.

4. Where can I park?
At any of the parking places where the roadside signs indicate that parking is for permit holders. In many cases there are entry signs to each zone indicating the applicable restriction. The issue of a permit does not carry with it any guarantee that a parking space will always be available. A permit does not entitle the holder to park where there are waiting restrictions or to exceed time limits.                                        

5. Where should the permit be displayed?
Resident permits are now controlled via a virtual permit system called MiPermit. This means that both resident and visitor permits are not required to be displayed. However you will need to ensure that you have contacted the North Essex Parking Partnership to set up an account for visitor permits, or have applied for a resident permit accordingly, before parking. In some instances a paper permit will be issued and this would need to be displayed clearly within the vehicle to avoid a Penalty Charge Notice being issued.

6. How do I renew my permit?
A renewal notice will be sent to you about three weeks before your current permit runs out.  Please pay this as soon as possible so that we can send your new permit in good time.

Renew your resident permit through MiPermit:
To renew your resident permit through MiPermit firstly complete the quick online registration to create your account at then follow the three steps below.

When the initial registration is complete you will be sent a PIN. Please keep this safe to use when logging in to your MiPermit account to manage your purchases and update your details.

  1. Enter your login details and select the 'virtual permits' option followed by 'resident permits'
  2. Complete the form, including entering the web code shown on the renewal notice and some basic information which will validate the code.
  3. Enter the additional information requested on the following screens to confirm your address, vehicle registration and secure payment details.

7. What happens if I change my address?
If you move out of the area, you must return the permit immediately so that we can refund the value of any time remaining. To process the refund we require a bank account number, sort code and current address in order to send a remittance too.  You must not give your permit to anybody else and it would be an offence to use a permit after you have moved. To cancel your virtual permit, you can do this by calling MiPermit directly on 0345 520 7007.

8. What if I change my vehicle?
We will include the registration number of your vehicle on the permit to help us enforce the parking regulations.  If you change your vehicle you will need to return the permit for amendment.  If the vehicle is parked in the area whilst you do this you will need to cover it with a visitor permit.

To update your MiPermit details visit for further details or call the NEPP on 01206 282316 for further advice.

9. What is the position for disabled drivers?
If you are a disabled driver and live in the area you may qualify for a free permit.  pdf icon Download the application form [13kb]

10. Where can my visitors park?
Visiting motorists may use permit parking spaces so long as they display a valid visitor permit or use a virtual visitor permit similarly. You can purchase ten virtual visitor permits for £10.00 or ten visitor paper permits cost £15.00. These can be bought by contacting the Parking Partnership on 01206 282316 or through your current MiPermit account should you have one. Please remember, not being able to obtain a visitor permit or running out of visitor permits are not valid reasons for cancelling Penalty Charge Notices.

11. How is the scheme enforced?
The parking regulations are enforced strictly.  If a parking attendant comes across a vehicle in a permit parking space not displaying a valid parking permit (or with a valid virtual permit), a Penalty Charge Notice will be issued and the owner/keeper of the vehicle would be held liable to pay the penalty charge.