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Parking permits consultation April 2021

Hotels, guest houses and holiday lets: what this means for you

Whether or not you drive or will need to apply for a parking permit, these proposals will affect everyone who lives, works or travels in the neighbourhoods where we manage on-street parking and surrounding areas. Your opinion about all of our proposals matters, and we would like to hear from everyone. 

Permits you may want to buy

As a hospitality business, you will be most directly affected by our proposed changes to Hotel, Guest House and Holiday Let Parking Permits

A new way of paying for parking stays
The proposed new Hotel, Guest House and Holiday Let Parking Permits will offer an easy to use 'Permit on demand' (POD) service. This means that you will only have to pay for parking when you activate a permit stay for one of your guests. You can do this via our parking management app, MiPermit. When we start this service, we'll publish a simple step-by-step guide to support you as you get used to using it.

The impact for you

Our proposed changes to your parking permits will take your guest parking off residential streets, and bring the cost of this in line with visitor parking in city centre areas (currently £15 per 24-hour stay), and our wider Transport Strategy policy to encourage sustainable transport choices.

This proposal also reduces the opportunity to misuse the offer of parking for guests or to sell parking on to a customer, or other non-entitled party, at a profit.

The digitisation of the management of your permits will have a number of administrative advantages for your business:

  • There will no longer be a need for paper permits to be displayed in vehicles, or the danger that your guests may lose them
  • Administration of advance and multiple-day bookings will be far simpler, with the capacity to book up your guests' parking when they confirm their room booking. 
  • You can make a series of bookings at once, or book for multiple vehicles, saving you time and effort.
  • Parking stays will conveniently reflect an appropriate check-in / check-out time of noon 
  • Cancellations will avoid a parking charge, as long as they occur before noon on the day of charge
  • Stays are only chargeable at the end of each day, for easier cashflow management
  • There will be no renewal process for digital permits, saving you time and effort
  • There will be no constraint on the number of permit stays you activate, though it is important to note that an activation does not guarantee or reserve a space.

The impact for your guests

The new digital permit system will offer guests direct evidence of the cost of city centre parking. As a business, you may choose to pass these costs on to your guests, or absorb them yourself.

While Hotel, Guest House and Holiday Let Parking Permits will no longer allow parking on the street, your guests can still make use of the national loading and unloading exemption to manage their arrival and departure.

Permits will allow access to all long-term council car parks, giving guests a location which will frequently have less competition for spaces, meaning that you can find a suitable space more quickly and easily. Please note that these permits don't provide reserved parking spaces, and you may wish to explain this to your guests. 

View our hotel parking permit terms and conditions

The impact of changes to other permits

Our proposals for Residents' Parking Permits should benefit you and your business in a number of ways:

  • The changes to make Residents' Parking Permit costs emissions-based will reduce misuse and resale, making roads less congested.

  • The proposed linking of the cost of Residents' Permits to vehicle emissions aims to encourage everyone to invest in cleaner vehicles in the longer term. This will have a positive impact on air quality, enhancing the appeal of your neighbourhood to visitors.

It's possible that some trade services may pass on the increase in the cost of Trade Parking Permits to you as a customer.