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COVID-19 - Free parking for NHS staff, social care staff, charities and volunteer groups

All NHS staff, social care staff, charities and volunteer groups can apply for a free permit in all our surface level car parks and on-street pay and display parking bays. The scheme is not currently open to people who aren't working in one of these roles.

This scheme is running alongside the national Government scheme. The national scheme requires evidence of entitlement to free parking for those on duty as a NHS staff member, health or social care worker, or a NHS Volunteer Responder. Swindon Borough Council has extended this offer to volunteers helping with the recovery from the pandemic.

In the application, we will ask for proof of your work. Valid proofs are:

  • letter of confirmation/employment
  • authorised ID badge/card

Accepted file formats are jpg, png and pdf.

Apply for parking

On-street parking bays are located in Wood Street and Market Square in Old Town, and Commercial Road, Harding Street and Sanford Street in the town centre.

Please note, not all suggestions for places to park made on the government pass have been taken up by Swindon Borough Council. The scheme does not include barrier-controlled car parks, yellow lines, limited waiting or loading restrictions. Permit holders are only able to park in the places stipulated in the terms and conditions.

Read full terms and conditions (PDF)

All permits will expire on 30 September 2021. However, if the Government scheme continues past this date, we will extend the scheme for another set period. If the scheme is withdrawn by Government, this permit will become invalid immediately. Any renewal email will come from Please check your junk or spam folder.

This is a digital permit issued through our permit provider, MiPermit. Once an application has been submitted, we will process your request within 48 hours, excluding weekends. You will be notified by email when the digital permit has been created. Once the permit has been created, nothing needs to be displayed within the vehicle, because it is a digital permit. 

Swindon Borough Council will be reviewing all permits that have been issued to ensure the correct people are using the permits, now that the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic is in full swing.

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