Permit controlled parking in Reading gives residents priority over people who live outside the area. There are also permits available enabling services to be provided efficiently to residents of permit parking zones.
Parking in the permit zones without a permit may lead to the issue of a penalty charge notice.
For renewing your permit, please see our online parking permit renewal service.
You must apply for your first permit by post, and provide proof of your address and ownership of your vehicle. After your first permit you can renew online.
To find out which permit you are eligible for, please see the guide below and download the relevant application form(s). You should also read through our Permit Management Rules factsheet [64kb] and Permit Definitions glossary. [120kb]
Please read the notes on the forms carefully, especially the details of the required proofs of residence and ownership of the vehicle.
All permits are discretionary, other than residents and business customers.
All permits run for 12 months from the date of issue. It is your responsibility to renew your permit before it expires and you must not rely on a reminder.
On first application you need to allow 28 days for the delivery of your permit - applications are dealt with strictly in the order they are received and demand can vary.
Once your application is dealt with, assuming everything is in order you will receive your permit(s) through the post.
- Residents application form [273kb]: Any resident of a household located in a permit parking zone that is registered for Council Tax, has appropriate planning permissions, and does not have a planning condition and/or an informative condition prohibiting the issue of permits. Excludes commercial vehicles. We will only issue a maximum of two permits per household.
- Business application form [273kb]: Any business operating from premises located within a permit parking zone. The business operators and recipients of any permits must not be residents of the permit zone. The business premises must also have no associated off-street parking. The recipient of any permit must require regular and frequent use of their vehicle as part of their working day - permits are not intended to provide parking for those who merely wish to park close to their work.
- Visitor permit book application form [273kb]: Residents, business and discretionary permit holders may be entitled to visitor permits. These permits allow visitors to park in your permit zone. Please note the rules for the use of visitor permits.
- Carers application form [522kb]: If you are over 65 or disabled and live in a permit zone then you may apply for a carer permit. Either you or an attorney acting on your behalf must apply for the permit, and you must not already be in possession of a resident's permit unless you can demonstrate exceptional circumstances. A carer is a family member or friend on whom you depend on for your needs - not a healthcare professionals or social care agent. The recipient of the permit must also not live with you.
- Healthcare professionals application form [395kb]: Clinical, health and social care professionals who need to park in permit zones to care for their patients. They are not valid for use while working at or visiting your practice or usual place of work, or for any other premises. It must only be used when attending the resident at their home in the specified permit zone.
- Landlords application form [391kb]: Landlords can apply for permits to service or visit any properties located in permit zones. Private landlords (owning up to three properties in permit zones) may apply for daily permits, but not for a parking zone in which they live. Business landlords and letting agents (owning or managing more than four properties) may apply for annual permits.
- Tradespeople application form [391kb]: If you provide services to homes and/or businesses in resident parking zones, you may apply for an annual tradesperson parking permit or daily tradesperson permits. These permits are valid between 7am and 7pm only.
- Discretionary permits application form [267kb]: Anyone may apply for a discretionary permit and each application will be considered on its own merits. However, nobody has an entitlement to a discretionary permit. If your application is refused there is a right of appeal. While decisions are made by employed Council staff, appeals are heard by a panel of elected Councillors. The Traffic Management Sub-Committee is an all-party body. The panel has the power to grant appeals where it concludes that the decision is justified by exceptional circumstances. All appeals must be made in writing.
- Special vehicle/town centre permit application form [248kb]: Residents and businesses operating within restricted (pedestrian) zones in central Reading may apply for a Special Vehicle Annual Permit. The permit provides access to these zones within restricted hours as listed on the application form. Permits are issued at our discretion as the Highway Authority. Residents and businesses applying for Special Vehicle Access Permits must have access to dedicated, off-street parking and are required to provide proof of status for a permit application to be considered. Please pay special attention to the required proofs as stated on the form. You must also provide a statement explaining why you are applying for a permit and how long you will need it for. Vehicles from outside the UK are subject to a charge of £330, and after six months they must then be registered with the DVLA.
You can renew online by logging in to our online permit renewal page with your permit number and PIN (supplied with your permit). Please keep your PIN safe.
It is very important that you renew your permit in good time, before your current permit expires. Displaying an expired permit will always result in a Penalty Charge Notice. You may not receive a reminder - so renewing is your responsibility.
If you do not renew your permit within seven days after the expiry date, your PIN will become invalid and you must make a new postal application, providing all necessary proofs.
You can renew your visitor permits using the same online permit renewal form that you use for your regular permit.
You will need the permit number and PIN code that appear on the letter sent with your visitor permits. These numbers will be different to your regular parking permit numbers. If you have more than one book of visitor permits, there are separate numbers for each book.
Visitor books are issued for a 12-month period. Even though the books may be printed with an expiry date of 2016, you are eligible for a new entitlement after the first 12 months. Most households will renew their visitor permits at the same time as their vehicle permit. Visitor books can only be renewed at the end of the twelve month period in which it was originally issued.
Permits are only available for renewal 30 days before the expiry date. If you do not renew in this time (ie. your permit expires), then you must make a new postal application and re-submit your proofs.
Each book of visitor permits contains 20 individual permits. Each one is valid for a single half-day use on a specific date. The conditions of use are printed on the back of the permits. You should check that the permit you are going to use adhere to the conditions. The conditions for use have changed and there may still be some old orange-coloured permits still in circulation. These can still be used but the conditions of use printed on them will still apply - be sure to read them carefully.
In order to display your visitor permit, you must validate it by:
- Scratching out one panel from each of the following sections: AM or PM, Year, Month and Date. These details must be those on which you are going to use the permit
- Writing the vehicle registration clearly in ink on the permit
- Displaying the permit in the windscreen of the vehicle so that it can be seen clearly from the outside. A validated permit must be displayed clearly at all times when in a permit parking zone.
The AM time period covers from 8am to 2pm. The PM time period covers from 2pm to 10pm.
To park all day requires two permits to be displayed in the vehicle - one for the AM period, and one for the PM period.
For residents and businesses, you will not need to supply proofs if your details remain the same (eg. no change in address or vehicle). For most other permits, the usual proofs are required.
Visitor permits each have their own permit number and PIN, and they are linked to the original application. So if you enter the permit number and PIN for a permit book that you originally paid for, then the system will renew the charged book even if it is your first book you renew the following year.
You may therefore only renew a free visitor permit book with the correct permit number and PIN. If you do not know these details then you should call the Permit Team for help.
Please note that you may be asked to re-apply from scratch if the permits have already expired after the 12-month period.
I am trying to renew a visitor permit book but have been given a message saying it's too soon to renew.
Permits are only eligible for renewal 30 days before the permit expires. To check whether your permit book is due for renewal, see the date on the letter that came with your book. If you have more than one visitor permit book, ensure that you are using the correct permit number and PIN.
Each household is eligible for two free books and five charged books per year. Permits are only eligible for renewal 30 days before the permit expires - see your permit letter to find out when your permits were issued.
If you have not used your allocation for the year and require further books, a new postal application is required. Once issued, you will receive a PIN and can renew the book(s) in the future.
If you have already applied for your full allocation for the year, you will not be eligible for more permits until the first book issued is up for renewal.
If you have not renewed within the 30 day window, your PIN will become invalid and a new postal application will be required. There is no grace period to renew visitor permits. Please download the visitor permits application form [273kb] and send it together with the necessary proofs. This can take up to 28 days to process.
If you have lost your PIN number, we may still be able to renew your permit. Please contact the Permit Team where you will be asked a number of questions in order to obtain your information. Only the original applicant may use this service - we will not give out the PIN to spouses, relatives or friends.
If you cannot answer the questions to our satisfaction or if your current permit has already expired, you must make a new postal application, providing all necessary proofs.
If you do not already have two permits, you can apply for a special parking permit for non-UK registered vehicles. [248kb] It is valid for six months and costs £330.
|Residents||First permit free, second permit £80|
|Visitors||First two books of 20 free, £22 thereafter (max five books)|
|Community Agency/Business Visitors||£22 per book|
|Other healthcare professionals||Free|
|Landlords||One-day permit £10 per permit (max 30 per year), annual permit £330 (£50 non-refundable application fee)|
|Tradespeople||One-day permit £10 per permit (max 30 per year), annual permit £330|
|Other discretionary permits||Variable|
Payment must accompany a completed application form, otherwise the application will not be processed.
You can find your parking zone on our Permit Parking Zone Street Index [176kb] to find out which streets are in which zones.
No. Not every property within a particular zone is entitled to apply for parking permits - most commonly this is the case where properties have been built or converted with 'Planning Informatives' (ie. conditions) associated which prevent the issue of permits.
Your solicitors (if purchasing) or letting agents (if renting) should be aware of (or find any existing) planning informatives during searches before signing contracts on the property.
Once you have located your zone, you can then download a map of your permit zone.
You should allow up to 28 days for delivery of your permit. If the permit has not arrived within this time you should contact the Permit Team.
In the case of online renewals you should allow up to 10 working days for delivery. If your permit has not arrived by this time then you should contact the Permit Team.
You must clearly display your permit in your windscreen at all times while you are parked in a permit bay.
You must make sure to park correctly within the permit bay, in keeping with the Highway Code. Failure to do so will result in a penalty charge notice.
You should make note of the details printed on your permit, making sure that the details of your vehicle are correct and taking note of the expiry date.
If you have a new vehicle, send your existing permit and proof of ownership of the new vehicle by post to the Permit Team.
If you include your current permit, your replacement is free of charge. If you do not have the original, the replacement costs £40. You need to arrange for alternative parking while your application is processed, unless you apply for a temporary permit [273kb]. If you cannot provide the correct proof of ownership for a new vehicle, you may apply for a temporary permit [273kb]. If you are issued a temporary permit, you must make your full application at least 28 days before your temporary permit expires.
For new vehicles, an acceptable proof can be any one of the following:
- A car sales invoice
- A temporary insurance cover note
- The V5C/2 section of the DVLA registration document, known as the New Keeper Supplement.
If you have a temporary change of vehicle for a period of more than one week (eg. a courtesy car whilst your vehicle is in for repair, or a hire car) you can apply for a temporary permit [273kb].
If you are moving house, please return your permit(s) to us for cancellation even if you are moving within the same parking zone, as we cannot issue permits to the new occupier of your former home address unless we know you have moved out. If you have moved to a new zone then you will need to apply for a permit for the new zone.
If you are moving into a household and have not held a residents parking permit and do not have any proofs acceptable for a residents parking permit, you may apply for a temporary permit [273kb].
For moving house, an acceptable proof of residence can be any one of the following:
- A mortgage offer letter
- A solicitor's completion letter
- A tenancy agreement.
Note: Tenancy agreements are not acceptable proofs for a full permit.
For moving house, an acceptable proof of vehicle ownership can be any one of the following:
- The DVLA registration document
- An insurance schedule/certificate to show proof of ownership
- Proof of entitlement to the use of the vehicle to be identified on the permit.
If you are issued a temporary permit, you must make your full application at least 28 days before your temporary permit expires.
Complete the temporary permit application form [273kb] and send it back to us by post. You can also apply in person at the Civic Offices reception between 9am and 5pm. You need to bring proofs of address and vehicle ownership with you. The permit costs £15.
Temporary permits are normally issued for eight weeks to allow you time to submit your full proofs. You must submit your full proofs at least 28 days before your temporary permit expires to give us time to process and issue your new permit before the temporary permit expires.
Temporary permit cover is not extended after the eight week period as this should be enough time for you to obtain the full proofs required. If you submit your full proofs within the 28 days of your permit expiring, there is no guarantee of your full permit arriving before the expiry of your temporary permit. In this event you will need to find alternative parking until your full permit is issued and you have received it.
This means that you have a discretionary permit - there is no right to renew these permits and you must submit a new application each year. This can include discretionary visitor permits. Please note that being granted discretionary permits will not guarantee you further permits.
Reading Borough Council is a Data Controller under the Data Protection Act 1998. We hold the information given to us for the residents' parking scheme for specific purpose of processing and managing the residents parking scheme only and we comply with the data protection principles set out in the Data Protection Act 1998 in relation to that data. These principles restrict the power of a Data Controller to disclose to third parties' personal data, which it is processing.
This authority is under a duty to protect public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you have provided on this form for prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.