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

Critical care permit

Critical care workers and volunteers can use a critical care permit at the Bristol Street car park until 31 March 2022.

The end date is subject to review and is dependent on our need to provide continuing support for the coronavirus response.

Permit holders should not park in all other surface level car parks and on-street pay and display parking bays without a valid permit or payment for your parking session. If you do so, you risk being issued with a Penalty Charge Notice. Read more information about parking permits we offer.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all critical workers in Swindon for your hard work supporting the community throughout the pandemic.

Please note this permit will expire on 31 March 2022 at Bristol Street car park.

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 31 March 2022. 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 If the scheme is withdrawn by Government, this permit will become invalid immediately.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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