Parking permits

What type of permit do I need?

Resident permits

If you live in any of the borough's ten controlled parking zones (A,B,C,G,H,N,R,S,T,V,DB,DC,DD) you can apply for a resident's parking permit. This allows you to park in a resident's parking bay, a permit holder's bay or a shared use bay (permit holders or pay and display) during restricted parking hours.

The permits can be purchased for  3, 6 or 12 months and you are entitled to apply for one permit for one vehicle, however many vehicles you keep. But any number of permits can be issued to a residence. If everyone who lives in a property keeps and uses a vehicle, they can each apply for a permit. 

Your permit can only be issued for a specific vehicle.

You can apply for a parking permit online and will need to know which parking zone your street is in -  use our 'Is your street in a parking zone' tool to find out. You also need to provide electronic copies (scanned or photographed) of documents to show proof of address and your vehicle verification. 

Copies of two of the following (one must be less than three months old and the others no more than six months old):

  • Council tax document
  • tenancy agreement
  • utility bill (not mobile phone)
  • driving licence
  • bank statement

Vehicle verification

If you own or lease your vehicle, you will need to provide a copy of one of the following:

  • DVLA issued V5C registration certificate with your name and current address
  • insurance documents showing the vehicle and driver details and current address
  • formal hire or lease agreement for vehicle showing your current address

Or, if your vehicle is owned by your employer or business you must provide both the following:

  • DVLA issued V5C registration certificate in the company name
  • a letter on the company's headed paper signed by the company secretary confirming you're the vehicle keeper, the vehicle registration and your home address

New resident permits

If you have just moved into your home you will be able to apply for a one-off new residents permit by providing a tenancy agreement or solicitor's letter dated within the last three months. These permits are only valid for 3 months.

You will need to apply for a parking permit online and will need to provide electronic copies (scanned or photographed) of documents.

One of the following (one must be less than three months old and the others no more than six months old):

  • Council Tax document
  • tenancy agreement
  • utility bill (not mobile phone)
  • driving licence
  • bank statement

One proof of your vehicle verification:

  • DVLA issued V5C registration certificate with your name and current address
  • insurance documents showing the vehicle and driver details and current address
  • formal hire or lease agreement for vehicle showing your current address

Residents who aren't eligible for a permit

Homeowners and tenants living in some properties may not be eligible for a parking permit, due to planning conditions originally agreed with the developer. This is known as the Section 106 agreement for car free or capped housing. Check with your landlord or the person who sold you the property. We can't check if you're eligible unless you apply for a permit. 


Business permits

If you pay business rates and run a business within controlled parking zones B,C,G,H,N,R,S,T,V (except Kingston town centre Zones A and A1), you can apply to buy a business parking permit. This lets you park in a permit holder’s bay (but not a resident’s parking bay).

Permits can be purchased for 3, 6 or 12 months and each business can hold a maximum of three parking permits. They must be issued under a company name and used in any vehicle (to apply you will need to input at least one vehicle registration number. You can then add or change between another vehicle registration number once your permit has been approved). 

To apply

  • complete the apply for a parking permit online form
  • all vehicles must be built to carry no more than 12 passengers (excluding the driver) and fit comfortably into a parking space (no more than 2.28 metres or 5.25 metres long)
  • you will need to provide electronic copies (scanned or photographed) of documents
  • you need to know which parking zone your street is in - use our 'Is your street in a parking zone' tool to find out

Documents required

A copy of your original business rate document. If your business is not named on the document, we need a letter from your accountant (no more than one month old) to confirm the business is based at the address you state.


Service provider permit

If you are an organisations, businesses or individual who offers services to the council or local residents in Kingston you can apply for a service provider permit. Examples of service providers that can apply are health carers, social workers, highway maintenance (Internal only), environmental health workers. 

You need to provide electronic copies (scanned or photographed) of documents to show proof of address and proof of need. You need to provide electronic copies (scanned or photographed) of documents to show proof of a service being provided. The proof should be in the form of company headed paper and a document outlining the service that is being provided. 


Contractor permit

Contractor Permit (Resident/Non Resident):

If you are having substantial repairs or building works carried out at your property that will last for more than three weeks, you can apply for permits to allow the contractors to park. You can purchase up to two permits at any one time and they are each valid for up to three months.

A contractor permit is available in controlled parking zones A,B,C,G,H,N,R,S,T,V,DB,DC,DD and a maximum of two per address can be applied for. 

You can apply for these permits online but will need to provide electronic copies (scanned or photographed) of documents to show proof of works. You will need two proofs of address and one proof of works. This proof should be in the form of a building or repairs work estimate or contract. This needs to be addressed to the applicant, name the property, be dated, specify what work is being carried out and be on official company headed paper. We will assess each application individually and may ask for further proof.

If you are having repairs or building works at a property which you do not own you can still apply for these you can apply for these permits online but will need to provide two proofs of address and one proof of works.


Carer’s permit

If you have a medical need which requires a regular carer you can apply for a permit online to allow your carer to park. Permits can be purchased for 3, 6 or 12 months.

One carer permits is avialble per address and for those that are in parking zones A,B,C,G,H,N,R,S,T,V,DB,DC,DD

You will need to provide electronic copies (scanned or photographed) of documents to show proof of address and proof of need. 

Proof of your address
Copies of two of the following (one must be less than three months’ old and the others no more than six months’ old):

  • Council tax document
  • tenancy agreement
  • utility bill (not mobile phone)
  • driving licence
  • bank statement

Proof of need
We will need to see that ongoing care is provided; this can be in the form of a doctor or hospital letter, evidence of relevant benefits or statements from the carers. We will assess each application individually and may request for further proof.


Charity permit

You can apply for a charity permit if you are in controlled parking zones B,C,G,H,N,R,S,T or V.

Permits can be purchased for 12 months online and a maximum of 3 per address. 

You need to provide electronic copies (scanned or photographed) of documents to show your business rates document showing ‘mandatory relief’.


Childcare permit

If you employ someone to take care of your child or have a regular arrangement with someone to do so you can apply for a childcare permit. 

Childacre permits can be purchased for 3, 6 or 12 months and available for controlled parking zones A,B,C,G,H,N,R,S,T,V,DB,DC or DD.

One permit can be applied for online per address and you will need to provide proof of address and childcare provision.

Proof of your address
Copies of two of the following (one must be less than three months’ old and the others no more than six months’ old):

  • Council tax document
  • tenancy agreement
  • utility bill (not mobile phone)
  • driving licence
  • bank statement

Proof of childcare arrangements
We will need to see that care is provided; this can be in the form of a formal employment contract or if you have help from family members we will accept a signed statement from the relevant family member and yourself stating details of the childcare provided.


Apply online

All parking permits are now digital, which means you will only be able to renew or apply for a permit online. Paper permits will no longer be issued. 

Register or apply for a permit online -

You will be taken to an external site where you will need to create an online account. You will be required to upload proof (documents) which can be scanned.

Detailed requirements for each of the permits can be found on the 'What type of permit do I need' webpage. 

It will take around 15 minutes to apply and receive approval. 

We have created an easy to follow guide on how to register and apply for your permit online

Other ways to apply

If you would like help to activate online visitor vouchers or do not have access to the internet, we are happy to help. Please call 020 8547 1333 (Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm). If you are expecting visitors after 5pm on weekdays or over the weekend you can activate your vouchers in advance. 

For the small number of residents who don’t have an online account for parking services, you can continue to use paper scratchcards for visitors.