Permits

Our telephone opening hours have changed to 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday, please make any enquiries outside of these times by e-mail: residents.parking@reading.gov.uk

Due to an increase in the number of residents at home, we have agreed that healthcare professional permits will be issued free of charge until 31 August 2020, valid until end of September. They need to be applied for in the usual way.

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 10am - 3pm) 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. Please allow up to 14 days for a residents and visitors permit to be issued. Discretionary 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. 

Visitor parking permits

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

New vehicles

pdf icon Guidance on how to apply for a new vehicle permit [118kb]

If you have a new vehicle, log into your online account service and request cancellation of the permit - explain that you have a new vehicle (see above pdf for information). You will need to upload proof of ownership of your new vehicle, showing name, permit address and vehicle registration:

  • DVLA registration document (V5C)
  • Current insurance certificate/schedule

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

Minster Court and Street visitor parking permits

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

Hunter's Wharf, Katesgrove Lane

Flats in Hunter's Wharf can apply for up to five books of Discretionary Visitor Parking Permits. Any books of permits will be charged for.

Tradesperson and landlord parking permits

You can apply for your permits online. Guidance on pdf icon How to apply for tradesperson daily and landlord daily permits [203kb].

Renewals

pdf icon Guidance on what to do when your permit is about to expire [118kb]

When your permit is ready to be renewed (including visitor permits), you will receive an email and will need to log into your account to renew it. You do not need to provide proofs unless your permit is a discretionary permit.

You must allow time for your permits to be printed and posted. 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 seven days for a residents and visitors permit to be issued. 

New residents

If you have 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

pdf icon Guidance on how to apply for a permit if you have moved house [112kb]

Log into your online account system and request cancellation of the permit(s) (see above for guidance).

We are unable to issue permits to new occupiers of your former home unless we know you have moved out; this includes if you are moving within the same parking zone.

If you have moved into another household that requires a parking permit, please apply for a new permit through your account (see pdf guidance)

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.

If you do not have an online account, please contact the permit team on 0118 937 3767 (Monday - Friday 10am - 3pm)

Further information on moving address.

Temporary permits

pdf icon Guidance on how to apply for a temporary permit [230kb]

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

If you apply for a temporary permit online, the permit will be e-mailed to you. Please print the permit and display in the windscreen of the vehicle. Applications will be reviewed within 24 hours on weekdays but on the next working day after weekends/bank holidays. 

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.

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

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.

Permit charges

Rules and definitions for parking permits

We produce two factsheets for pdf icon parking management rules [65kb] and pdf icon parking management definitions. [150kb].

Discretionary permit guidance

If you apply for a discretionary permit, pdf icon this is the guidance [164kb] that Council Officers use when deciding an application. The more detailed your reasons for applying, the more information the Council can use to decide your application. Please remember each case is dealt with on their own merits.

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