Permits

New charges from 1 April 2017

The Council will start charging for the FIRST residents permits from 1st April 2017 for which an annual charge of £30 will apply. If you already hold a first residents permit, the charge will apply when you renew your permit.

From the 1st April 2017 the following permits will also have an annual charge of £30:

  • First Discretionary Residents Permit
  • Healthcare Professional Permits
  • Medical Practitioner Permits
  • Teacher Permits

All other charges remain the same. The Council has sent pdf icon a letter [187kb] to resident permit holders explaining the changes. Please note that all first permit applications (and those listed above) received after midday on 31st March 2017 will be subject to a charge of £30.00. If you are sending your permit application the week beginning 27th March 2017, we suggest that you use a tracking service. Find out more about resident permit changes

Apply

Complete the relevant permit form and send it to us with proof of address and vehicle.

pdf icon Residents/business application form [251kb]

pdf icon Visitor permit book application form [251kb]

pdf icon Carers application form [233kb]

pdf icon Healthcare professional application form [260kb]

pdf icon Tradesperson/landlord application form [224kb]

pdf icon Discretionary permits application form [224kb]

pdf icon Special vehicle/town centre application form [234kb]

Allow 28 days for your permit to arrive. Permits last for 12 months and you can apply for two permits per household. We have a separate form to apply for Minster Court visitor permits.

You can have two free visitor books a year - you can buy a further five. 

Renewals

You can renew your parking and visitor parking permits online. Make sure to renew within seven days of your old permit expiring.

Each permit has a different permit and PIN number so must be renewed separately. Visitor permits will not be sent automatically with your residents parking permit. If you are unable to renew online, the permit team may be able to renew the permits for you if you meet the following criteria:

  • A valid residents (or carers) permit is on issue to that resident
  • If the resident does not own a vehicle, other visitor permits currently valid and on issue
  • If all permits have expired - but only expired in the last 3 months

If none of the above applies, you will need to apply for your visitor permits by post and provide proof of residency (and payment if necessary). You will only be able to renew permits that have already been applied for and issued. If you have not been issued with visitor permits you will need to make an application for them.

New residents

If you have a moved into a permit area, you will need to provide one proof of residency (utility bill, bank statement, council tax demand) and proof of vehicle ownership (DVLA registration document or insurance certificate/schedule showing the same address you have used to apply for the permit) to us by post. If the vehicle is not owned by you (company vehicle, lease car, rental car only) a letter from the registered keeper proving right to use the vehicle and a copy of the fleet/insurance certificate must be supplied with your application. Please note 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 cars or rental cars. Please complete the pdf icon Residents/business application form [251kb].

Please see the temporary permits section below if you do not have the necessary proofs as set out on the application form or require a temporary permit while we process your application.  

Moving house

Return your permits to us when you move, even if you are moving within the same parking zone. You will need to apply for a new permit as we cannot issue permits to the new occupier of your former home address unless we know you have moved out.

If you are the second permit holder you may apply to transfer the fee from your old to your new address or apply for a refund.

New vehicles

If you have a new vehicle, send your existing permit and proof of ownership (DVLA registration document or insurance certificate/schedule showing the same address you have used to apply for the permit) to us by post. If the vehicle is not owned by you (company vehicle, lease car, rental car only) a letter from the registered keeper proving right to use the vehicle and a copy of the fleet/insurance certificate must be supplied with your application. Please note 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 cars or rental cars. 

If you include your current permit, your replacement is free of charge. If you do not have the original, the replacement costs £40. 

If you do not hold a permit, you will need to provide proof of residency along with proof of vehicle ownership.

You may apply for a temporary permit while we process your application; please see below.  

Temporary permits

If you have just moved in or have a new vehicle, you may apply for a pdf icon temporary permit [251kb].

Temporary permits can be obtained by post or in person at the Civic Offices, open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Temporary permits are issued for 8 weeks; only one permit is issued.

New vehicles

If you have a new vehicle and already hold a residents parking permit, you will need to provide a car sales invoice, temporary insurance cover note or V5C/2 section of the DVLA registration document as proof for your application. Please return your current permit. 

If you do not hold a residents parking permit, you will also need proof of residency along with your proof of vehicle ownership. 

If you include your current permit, your replacement is free of charge. If you do not have the original, the replacement costs £40. 

Moving in

If you are moving into a household and have not held a residents parking permit and do not have any proofs acceptable for a (full) residents parking permit, the following proofs will be acceptable for a temporary permit: mortgage offer letter, a solicitor's completion letter or a tenancy agreement as proof of residence. You will also need a DVLA registration document, an insurance schedule/certificate or proof of entitlement to the use of the vehicle as proof of vehicle ownership (note this does not have to show the permit address, as this is only a temporary permit application).

If you are issued a temporary permit, you must make your full application at least 28 days before your temporary permit expires. 

Refunds/transfers

Return your permit with a letter asking for a refund or transfer - you can only get refunds on your second permit. The amount we refund depends on how long you have had the permit. Please return your permit(s) to:
Resident Parking Permits
Reading Borough Council,
Civic Offices, Bridge Street
Reading, RG1 2LU

You can transfer your second permit from one house to another if you move within six months of getting it.

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