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Resident parking permits



Colchester Borough Council's resident parking schemes exist in the following areas.  Click on the relevant link below for the area you wish to read details about:

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 9).

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 much does a permit cost?

Currently a first permit for a car per address costs £60.00 per year, a second and additional permit for a car per address costs £75.00 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.

Click here to find out more about the Blue Badge scheme

3.      Where can I park?

At any of the parking places where the roadside signs indicate that parking is for permit holders. 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.                       

4.      Where should the permit be displayed?

When you receive your permit a tax disc style holder will be enclosed with it. The permit must be clearly displayed in the front nearside windscreen of the vehicle at all times when a restriction applies. If you park without displaying a valid parking permit, you may incur a penalty charge notice. Motorcyclists are well advised to purchase a motorcycle tax disc holder in order to display their permit securely.

5.      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 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.

6.      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 months remaining.  You must not give your permit to anybody else and it would be an offence to use a permit after you have moved.

To update your MiPermit details call the NEPP on 01206282316 for further advice.

7.      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.

8.      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.  Please see the link below or ask us for a special application form.

9.      Where can my visitors park?

Visiting motorists may use permit parking spaces so long as they display a valid visitor permit.  Visitor permits cost £8.00 for a pack of 10; please include 75p towards postage when applying by post.  You can purchase visitor permits by contacting the Parking Partnership on 01206 282316. Alternatively, you can apply by post by completing a visitor permit application form. 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.

10.  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, a penalty charge notice will be issued and the driver would be held to pay the penalty charge.

11. How do I apply?

To apply for a permit click on the relevant link below:

pdf icon Resident's parking permit application form [28kb]

pdf icon Application form for a free of charge parking permit [13kb]

pdf icon Application form for a visitor parking permit [18kb]