Apply for a temporary residents' parking permit

You can apply for a temporary residents' parking permit if you live or will be living in short-term temporary rented accommodation with a signed tenancy agreement of 12 months or less, in a restricted parking area in Leicestershire. This can include student accommodation.

Residents living in long-term rented accommodation (6-month rolling or more than 12 months contract) or who own their property will need to apply for a permanent residents' parking permit

Residents who will be living in a 'permit holder only' zone in the city will need to get a parking permit from Leicester City Council. 


Any resident with a postal address within one of the designated restricted parking zone areas is eligible for consideration for a temporary residents' parking permit (exclusions may apply), subject to the restrictions in the 'Operation of permit parking' document.

Restricted parking zones

There are restricted parking zones in the following areas: 

  • Loughborough
  • Melton Mowbray
  • Market Harborough
  • Oadby and Wigston

To find out if your property is in one of these restricted parking zones, please see this list of zones.

How permits are allocated

Up to 2 permits are allocated per property at any one time. 

If a single property has been converted to several properties this does not guarantee that each new property will be eligible for a permit.

We treat all applications on a first come first served basis, and will not enter into discussions or provide advice in cases where there are conflicts between residents in multi-occupancy properties. 

Permits cannot be transfered. If you leave the property and no longer require your permit, you'll need to return it, so the allocation can be available to another person at the property.

Residents may also apply for visitor parking permits.

Cost of permit

Cost for a residents' parking permit:

  • Car for up to 6 months – £25
  • Car for 6 months up to 1 year – £50
  • Motorcycles – £25
  • Blue badge holders – free

You’ll be contacted by a member of the residents' parking team from a withheld number within 5 days of your application being submitted. If your application is successful, we'll take payment over the phone.

How to use your permit 

You'll need to ensure that civil enforcement officers can clearly see your permit for it to be valid. You are not exempt from the parking restrictions if you have submitted an application but do not have the permit yet.

Your permit contains the following information:

  • permit number
  • zone number
  • vehicle registration
  • make of vehicle
  • colour of vehicle
  • expiry date

When to apply 

You need to apply for your permit as early as possible to ensure this is in your possession before you wish to park within the zone. If you are applying for a temporary permit you may apply up to 30 days before start of tenancy.

You'll receive your permit within 3 to 5 days to the address you require the permit for. 

How to apply 

You can now apply for a temporary residents' parking permit online.

We cannot consider your application for a permit without the following correct documentation / information.

1. A copy of one of the following to prove residency:

2. A copy of one of the following to prove car ownership: 

  • vehicle registration document V5C – only the 2nd page required (example V5C 2nd page)
  • V5C Section 10 (old style V5C only) – new keepers supplement is acceptable if you've recently purchased a vehicle from another owner (example V5C Section 10)
  • a copy of the V5C2 (old style V5C only) or sales invoice for the new vehicle is acceptable if you've purchased a new vehicle and do not yet have the V5C 
  • other proof of car purchase in the absence of a V5C e.g. letter from garage, or receipt of purchase. This must show your name and address

If you're a student living in temporary accommodation, your vehicle registration document may show your permanent home address and have the car registered in the name of another family member. This is acceptable for students living away from their permanent home on a term time basis.

3. If you're a blue badge holder, a copy of the front and reverse of your badge and your blue badge number.

4. The zone that you are applying for your permit.

Apply online for a temporary parking permit