There are delays in posting permits due to coronavirus. Follow our guidance during these delays.
About visitor parking permits
Residential parking schemes were introduced for the benefit of local residents in order to protect them from commuter parking and to give priority over limited spaces available to them and their visitors.
As there is little off-street parking in many of the Controlled Parking Zones, residents and their visitors have to compete for on-street parking with only approximately one space available per house frontage, or even less when private entrances need to be kept clear. Therefore, some form of restraint is required to ration the limited parking space available in an equitable way, thus introducing a maximum limit of 50 visitors permits per person, per year.
Oxford has a high mobile population therefore by introducing year dates to the life expectancy of a visitor permit, this prevents non-eligible persons from obtaining permits and the misuse and selling of permits when a resident leaves an address.
An allocation of 50 visitor’s permits is intended to last one year because we enter a new cycle each following year.
Who can apply
Any resident of an eligible property may apply for visitors' parking permits providing they are aged 17 years or over. They are issued in sets of 25 single use (one day) passes.
Check your property's eligibility
Before committing to a contract with a letting agency and/or landlord, contact us to confirm that the property is eligible for a visitor and/or residential parking permits.
Costs and payment
You can apply for one free set of permits every 12 months. If you require more, you need to wait six months after your first application. Residents in Bicester, Henley or Oxford will pay £25 and Abingdon £20 for the second set.
You will not be asked to make a payment until we have processed your application.
If you are over 70, you will not have to pay for your second set. If you hold a valid Oxfordshire County Council concessionary bus pass, we can check your age with your permission, but you will otherwise need to provide proof of age.
Start your application
What you need to provide
You need to provide proof of address with your application.
The quickest way of providing this information to us is to upload it when making this application. You can upload a copy of the document using a smartphone, tablet or scanner. Photos or scans of documents are acceptable, providing the relevant information is clear.
Documents we accept
A photograph or scan of one of the following.
- Utility bill or financial statement dated within the last three months.
- Council tax document for the current tax year that is addressed to you at the property that you reside in Oxford.
- Fully signed, termed Tenancy Agreement (We only require the pages showing the tenant names, property address, tenancy term dates, and the signatures).
- Letter from Solicitors confirming your name, property address and date you will be moving into the property.
- An official letter from organisations such as HMRC, NHS, Benefits agency, local Council etc. dated within the last three months.
- Payslip dated within the last three months.
Unable to upload documents
If you are unable to upload your documents to the form, you can continue and send the application. You will need to either; return to the form later to upload your documents, or take your reference number and documents to one of the libraries below to be validated.
If the libraries above are closed, you can send copies of your documents to:
Residential Parking Permits Team
Oxfordshire County Council
P.O. Box 905
Surrender of visitor permits
Unused visitor permits should be surrendered to the Council in the event of the following:
- ceasing to be a resident of the address at which you applied for the permits
- in date permits that have become defaced or illegible.
Where to send the permits
Residential Parking Permits, PO Box 905, Oxford. OX1 9QQ
As the scheme allows for a free allocation of 25 permits per year, any unused out of date visitor permits will not be replaced because each eligible resident can apply for an updated version by submitting an online application form.