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Residents' Parking

Residents' Parking Zone Locations

This map shows an outline the residents' parking zones in the Borough of Swindon. Individual streets included in the scheme are not shown however.

View Residents' Parking Zones in a larger map


Vehicle Permits for New Residents

Generally, new residents within the residents' parking zones are able to apply for up to two permits per household in their zone.

However in some cases, new builds, conversions of existing properties into multiple units, or premises that create multiple occupation within Swindon's urban area can result in insufficient off-street parking provision to support them. In these circumstances the Council has to ensure that such developments do not generate unacceptable levels of on-street provision/parking. This is a major concern for Residents Parking Zones where parking is already restricted and permits can out-number the total number of on-street spaces.

To counteract this and to maintain the ratio of spaces to permits, the Council considers all applications for permits against the original circumstances/ratio at the time the particular parking zone was created. As a consequence, in some cases, occupants of new developments within these zones may not be able to apply for, or be granted, parking permits. This is particularly the case where, at the time planning permission was granted for the property, a planning condition/obligation was imposed to prevent occupants of the properties from applying for and obtaining parking permits. Please telephone us on 01793 445506 if you have any concerns regarding your right to make an application for a parking permit against a specific property address.

The following permit prices apply to all Residents' Parking Zones:

Standard Permit Types Available​ Price​
​Visitor Scratch Permits (Pack of 25) ​£15 (Free to residents of 60 or over)
​First Residents Permit per property (6 months duration) ​£25
​First Residents Permit per property (12 months duration) ​£35
​Second Residents Permit per property (6 months duration) ​£50
Second Residents Permit per property (12 months duration)​ £75​
Replacement of a lost permit​ £10​
Replacement permit for change of address​ Free (providing the old permit is returned)​
Replacement permit for change of vehicle registration ​ Free (providing the old permit is returned)​

Please Note:

  • Annual (12 months) permits are available where the applicant owns the property or is in an assured tenancy agreement. A permit for 6 months will be issued for applicants in a short-hold tenancy.
  • An administration charge of 1.75% will be added where payment is made by credit card. No additional charge is made for other forms of payment such as Debit Cards.

To make an application for a Residents' Parking Permit please visit the How to Apply page.

Renewal of Residents' Parking Permits

A renewal reminder is sent to holders of Residents' Parking Permits approximately 21 days before the expiry date of the current permit. Please allow 14 days following your 'application to renew' for your permit to be processed and received.

Please Note:

  • If you have not received your reminder within 14 days of expiry please contact us so that a duplicate application can be sent (telephone 01793 445506 or e-mail:
  • It is your responsibility to ensure a valid permit is displayed; the Council cannot accept responsibility for late applications or delays in the postal service resulting in non-receipt or late arrival of permits.

Blue Badge Holders

Resident Permits are free of charge to Blue Badge holders. No age restriction applies to this and there is no need for the Blue Badge holder to be the owner/registered keeper of a vehicle (although this concession is intended to be used for the vehicle which is primarily used to assist the Blue Badge holder).

There is a restriction of one free resident permit per property and this forms part of the allocation allowed to that property. Any second permit applied will be charged at the annual cost of a first permit. 


If you surrender a Resident Permit, you are entitled to a refund based on the number of months used versus the number of complete months remaining. To receive a refund, your Residents Permit must be sent back to us. 

Please be aware that, if you use a postal service to send us a surrender request (including the old permit), the Council can only make a refund based on the actual date of receipt and cannot be held responsible for any:

  • Postal delays.
  • Loss during transit.

Visitors' Scratch Card Permits

Please see Visitors' Permits

Parking Restrictions in Back Roads

Double yellow lines exist in some back road areas to enable residents to gain access to their garages and hard standings. These lines are enforceable, regardless of whether a Residents' Parking Permit is displayed. 

Limited Waiting Areas

Some of the ‘limited waiting’ parking areas are ‘dual use’, allowing Residents' Parking Permit holders to park there free of time restrictions.

Contractors' Permits

If you are having work carried out and you need a contractor (e.g. a builder or electrician) to use a Residents' Parking bay, then you or your contractor can apply for a special temporary permit to park in a Resident Parking bay. These can be used Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 5.30pm.

A letter on headed paper from the contractor confirming work is being undertaken must be provided. This should clearly show the address where the work is being carried out and the expected duration of work. 

The fee is £12.50 per week.

Operational One-hour Parking Permits

These are 'scratch card'-type permits intended for use by those who need to park for a short term on several occasions - rather than for long periods, for which a Contractors' Permit (see above) would be better suited.

Each permit is valid for up to one hour when parked in any designated resident parking bay.

Books of 20 permits can be purchased for £22.

These are typically bought by operators, not by residents. 

Special Needs Permits

Residents who rely on a regular visitor (e.g. a carer) can apply for a permit which will allow them to use a Residents' Parking bay.

Each permit can be used for different vehicles (e.g. in case it's not always the same carer who calls), but only for one vehicle at a time.

You must provide a letter from a doctor confirming the need. For those who are 80 years old or over evidence of date of birth, such as birth certificate or passport, can be provided instead of the note from a doctor.

There is an annual charge of £40. 

Central Zone

The Residents Parking Scheme includes a 'Town Centre zone'. This enables residents not included in the existing zones and living within this area to purchase a permit to park at any time in the town centre long stay car parks (£625 per year), or park between 6.00pm and 9.00am only (£150 per year).

See the Central Zone Map

Old Town Centre Zone

The Residents Parking Scheme includes a ‘Old Town Centre Zone’. This enables residents not included in the existing zones and living within this area to purchase a permit to park at any time in Planks or Britannia Place car parks (£625 per year), or park between 6.00pm and 9.00am only at the same locations. (£150 per year).
See the Old Town Centre Zone Map.

Overnight Car Park Parking

The holder of a Residents’ Parking permit purchasing an overnight car park ticket in a car park adjoining their zone, which would normally be valid between 6.00pm and 6.00am, can park until 9.00am for no additional payment. Residents who display a valid Resident Parking Permit can also park in those car parks listed below without the need to purchase a Pay & Display ticket between 10pm and 8am.

List of Available Car Parks

Zone A – Granville St Car Park
Zone B – Harding Street Car Park, Cheltenham Street Car Park
Zone C – Granville St Car Park
Zone D –Granville Street Car Park, Prospect Place Car Park
Zone E – Prospect Place Car Park, Bath Road Car Park,
Zone F – Granville Street Car Park
Zone G – Prospect Place Car Park
Zone H – Prospect Place Car Park
Zone J – Queenstown Car Park
Zone K – Granville St Car Park
Zone L – Britannia Place Car Park
Zone N – Britannia Place Car Park

Business Permits

A business situated within a resident zone may be eligible to apply for a permit to park in resident bays in that zone. Applications should be made on company headed paper. The charges are:

Zone A Crombey Street Area

​Period ​Cost
​12 months ​£595

 All Other Zones

​Period ​Cost
​12 months ​£510

Resident, Business and Visitor Permits : Full Terms and Conditions

To view the full terms and conditions for Resident, Business and Visitor Permits, please see:

Resident Business and Visitor Permits - Terms and Conditions (PDF - 327Kb).

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