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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

You can apply for your permits online. You will need to create an account and must have an e-mail address to do so. You will be required to upload your proof of address and vehicle before a permit can be issued. 

Please check what proofs are required for each permit.

If you do not have an e-mail address to create an account, please contact the permit team on 0118 937 3767 (Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm) and they will be able to post out an application form.  

You must allow time for your permits to be printed and posted, as the scheme still requires a permit to be displayed in the vehicle to be able to park in the permit zones. Some applications can take up to 28 days to be reviewed. 

Permits last for 12 months and you can apply for two residents permits per household. 

You can have two free visitor books a year - you can buy a further five. Apply for visitor permits online

We have a separate form to apply for Minster Court visitor permits.

You can apply for pdf icon Tradesperson Daily and Landlord Daily permits on this form [224kb].

Renewals

The Council has introduced a new online permit system and you will have to register for this service and re-apply for your permits.

You will need to create an account and must have an e-mail address to do so. 

With this new service, you will be required to re-apply for your permit and re-submit evidence of proof of residence and proof of vehicle ownership. Please check what proof is accepted here. 

You must allow time for your permits to be printed and posted, as the scheme still requires a permit to be displayed in the vehicle to be able to park in the permit zones. Please allow up to 7 days for a residents and visitors permit to be issued.

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) via the online system

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 see the temporary permits section below if you do not have the necessary proofs as set out here, or if you 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.

Further information on moving address.

New vehicles

If you have a new vehicle, return your existing permit to the Council. 

If you have not registered with the online service, please return your permit and send proof of vehicle ownership to the Council to replace your permit with the new vehicle. Please also provide an e-mail address and we can register an account for you. 

If you have registered with our online service, please log in and request cancellation of the permit explain that you have a new vehicle and send proof of ownership of your new vehicle (DVLA registration document or insurance certificate/schedule showing the same address you have used to apply for the permit). Please note that permits issued prior to the 1st November 2017 will not show in your account as they were issued prior to the new online system. You will need to return the permit and send proof of vehicle ownership to have a replacement permit issued. 

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 cost is £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 temporary permit.

Temporary permits can be applied for online or in person at the Civic Offices, open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

If you apply for a temporary permit online, you must allow time for the application to be approved and the permit to be printed and posted out to you. This could take up to 7 days. 

If you apply for a permit in person, it will be issued on the day, provided the correct proofs are brought in. 

Temporary permits are issued for 8 weeks; only one permit is issued. £15 charge.

New vehicles - Temporary permit requirements

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 cost is £40. 

Moving in - temporary permit requirements

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 (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.

Rules and definitions for parking permits

We produce two factsheets for pdf icon parking management rules [66kb] and pdf icon parking management definitions. [124kb]

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