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Apply for a new resident's parking permit

Permits for parking in the controlled parking zone or residents' permit holder bays near your home.

Check your zone or residents' permit area

We are now issuing Virtual Resident Parking Permits and you are no longer required to display a paper version. Please ensure you know your controlled parking zone prefix when leaving your vehicle in a Permit Holder Bay.

We are in the process of creating a Vehicle Permit Checker to enable you to check if a vehicle parked in your controlled parking zone has a Virtual Resident Permit. This will be available in due course.

You need to know which parking zone or permit area you are making an application for. In Oxford, the zone is displayed on the on-street parking signs and is made up of two letters, for example, 'EO' for East Oxford. In other areas including Henley and Abingdon, permits are designated by locality for use in bays signed for permit holders in individual roads.

You can also check on our Controlled Parking Zones and residents' permit areas.

Oxford City Council operates a completely separate residents' parking scheme on city-owned land.

Warning Not all properties are eligible for permits, and other restrictions may apply.

Before you apply for a permit

Your property may show on the map within a controlled parking zone (CPZ) or road where permit holder bays are in place. However, there may be restrictions that mean your property is not eligible for visitor and/or residential parking permits. Do not make any decisions based on the mapping system.

Before you apply for a permit, contact us, and we'll confirm if your property is eligible for a parking permit. You may need to check before signing a rental agreement.

The number of permits per property

Each eligible applicant is entitled to one residential parking permit. You cannot have more than one permit in your name.

There is a maximum of two resident permits per property in the following zones. In some cases, other restrictions may apply. Contact us for further information.

Zones with a maximum of two resident permits per property

  • Abingdon
  • Henley
  • CL (Temple Cowley)
  • CM (Cowley Marsh)
  • CT (Cowley Central East)
  • CS (Cowley Central West)
  • DV (Divinity Road)
  • EO (East Oxford)
  • ER (Elms Road)
  • FP (Florence Park)
  • FS (Iffley Fields)
  • HS (Hollow Way South)
  • HT (Holloway)
  • JE (Jericho)
  • MA (Marston North) and (Old Marston)
  • MN (Magdalen North)
  • QV (Headington Quarry)
  • RH (Magdalen Road and Howard Street)
  • SE (South Oxford Extension)
  • SO (South Oxford)
  • SM (Summertown)
  • WM (Walton Manor)
  • WO (West Oxford)  
  • WW (Waterways)

Residents' parking permit areas outside Oxford

  • Henley on Thames Residential Permit Scheme
  • Abingdon Residential Permit Scheme

For more information, refer to the explanatory notes (pdf format, 285Kb) or contact us.

Visitor permits

You'll get a free allocation of visitors’ parking permits with your resident’s parking permit unless you already got a set in the current permit year.

Blue Badge holders displaying a valid badge do not need a residents parking permit.

Information for students moving to a controlled parking zone

To apply for a parking permit, your vehicle must be registered in your name at the address within the zone you are applying for. You'll need:

  • proof of address
  • the vehicle registration certificate (V5C).

Being the named driver on an insurance policy will not qualify you for a parking permit.

Proof of address for students

You can use one of the following documents.

  • Your fully signed termed tenancy agreement (should be signed by yourself, the letting agency and witnessed)
  • Your Council Tax student exemption certificate
  • A recently dated utility bill or financial statement.

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