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Resident permit changes

Reading's Residents Parking Scheme was introduced over 40 years ago, in 1976. Since then, first permits, now totalling over 7000, have been provided free of charge to households located in permit zones. The recommendation is that a first permit charge is introduced to cover the costs of running and enforcing the scheme.

Unprecedented cuts in Government funding have come at a time when demand on Council services is increasing. The Council has already made £65 million of savings since 2011. At least £42 million of savings are still needed by 2020. It means the Council is forced to consider a number of difficult budget decisions.

Unfortunately, the Council can no longer afford to provide the first permit free of charge. The vast majority of local authorities who run residents' parking schemes already charge for a first permit, including nearby West Berkshire, Wokingham and Slough.

Demand for parking in Reading continues to increase. The Council is regularly contacted by residents who want to see improved enforcement of existing permit zones and by residents who want new zones set up to allow them to park near to their homes.

New charge

The new charge is £30 and will be introduced from 1 April 2017. 


  • Improved enforcement of existing permit zones including quicker detection of illegally parked vehicles by upgrading the enforcement (CCTV) vehicle.
  • A new permit application process to allow residents to manage their parking permit needs more easily online: providing a simpler method to order additional visitor permits and for making new applications. This new improved service offer is intended to be available to residents by September 2017.
  • The introduction of more flexible visitor permit renewal system until the new online system is introduced.
  • Increased parking attendance presence in permit zones.
  • A new tool to report illegal vehicle parking,
  • Possible online booking of visitor permits by session rather than AM/PM.

Second permit

The second permit remains at £120. 

Other permit charges

Permit typeCurrent chargesNew charge from 1 April 2017
Business Discretionary£330£330
Charity (free)£0£0
Charity (charged)£120£120
Healthcare Professional£0£30
Resident Discretionary (first)£0£30
Resident Discretionary (charged)£120£120
Resident Discretionary (3rd permit)£240£240
Resident - first permits£0£30
Resident - second permits£120£120
Non-UK registered vehicle permits£330£330
Tradesperson - annual£330£330
Tradesperson - daily£10£10
Temporary permits£15£15
Visitor books - free£0£0
Visitor books - charged£22£22
Visitor - business£22£22
Visitor Discretionary (free)£0£0
Visitor Discretionary (charged)£22£22

How to pay

Residents who renew their first residents' permits online from 1st April 2017 will be asked to pay for their permit via this system.

Residents who renew/apply for their permit by post will be able to pay by enclosing a cheque or card details. Any applications received after Midday on the 31st March 2017 will be charged £30.

As part of the improvement to the scheme, we will be working on upgrading the online offer, which will allow residents to manage their permit requirements online.

Proof of vehicle ownership

The Council will no longer accept letter of authority and insurance documents for vehicles not registered at the property the permit is intended for, the only exceptions are company vehicles, lease car or rental cars.

The current permit rules/definitions will exclude permits being issued where the vehicle is not registered at the household the permit is being applied for e.g. temporary residence and use a vehicle registered outside the permit zone or registered to a non-resident. This does not affect residents who use a vehicle for employment purposes and may have a "company car".

The proof of vehicle ownership must show the address where the permit is being applied for. If you do not have the DVLA Registration document (V5C) or insurance certificate/schedule registered to the permit address, you may only apply for a discretionary residents permit.

Teacher Permits

Schools are issued permits on a case by case basis.

Transitional Arrangements

Households joining a new permit scheme will be allowed a discretionary 3rd permit for 1 year. The third permit charge of £240 would apply.

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