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On-street parking permits terms and conditions

Hotel permits

General information

7.1 We encourage all visitors to use sustainable modes of transport, such as public transport, to reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality for all. However, we recognise that hotel, guest house, and holiday let permit holdersmay wish to offer parking to their guests as part of their package when staying at the establishment.

7.2 Hotel Permits now include all permits previously called Hotel, Holiday Let or Guest House permits.

7.3 Only businesses with an existing Hotel, Holiday Let or Guest House permit on 16 December 2021, the date on the new Traffic Regulation Order that implement the new Hotel permit is sealed, are entitled to purchase the new Hotel permits.  

7.4  Hotel permits are only available digitally via our MiPermit service.  Permit holders are able to activate parking stays for guests on their behalf using MiPermit.

7.5 Hotel permits now operate within an Inner and an Outer permit zone, with permits able to be used differently within each zone. The distribution of these zones against current RPZ boundaries has been based on the distribution of properties which have Hotel Permits and an analysis of permit demand in June 2021.

Hotel Inner Zone (Bath Central, Zone 1 and Zone 6)

7.6i Permits are only valid in council long stay car parks where parking of more than 4 hours is available, subject to the availability of spaces. They do not provide reserved parking in specific bays.

7.6ii Guests who hold a valid Blue Badge may park in on-street resident parking bays and dual use bays (resident/on-street pay & display bays) within resident parking zone areas where they display their Blue Badge. A Hotel permit is not required as long as the Blue Badge is displayed.

Hotel Outer Zone (all other resident parking zones)

7.7 Guests issued with a Hotel Permit in these zones may park in on-street residents' permit bays and dual use bays (resident/on-street Pay & Display bays) in the zone where the establishment is located.

7.8 Parking stays are valid for 24 hours and start from noon on the activation date and end at noon the following day.  It is possible to activate stays lasting multiple days.

7.9 When parking at a council car park with a valid hotel permit, guests must comply with the terms and conditions for parking as advertised in the car park, for example, not parking in reserved bays, or out of a bay. Failure to comply may result in the issue of a PCN (penalty charge notice).

7.10 Activating a parking permit stay does not guarantee a parking space at a long stay car park or entitle the permit user to park in a reserved bay (for the Hotel Inner Zone), or guarantee an on-street parking space in the resident parking zone (for the Hotel Outer Zone).

7.11 A Hotel Parking Permit is not valid at any private car park or council short stay car park.

7.12 Upon application and once approved, you will be able to activate parking stays for visitors through a Permit On Demand (POD) account in MiPermit. It is the permit holder’s responsibility to activate a parking stay upon the guest’s arrival, in order for the permit to be valid.

7.13 Parking stays can be activated in advance, for example, at the time of the guests’ reservation or booking. A parking stay can be cancelled if done so before the hotel permit stay has started and there will be no charge.

Eligibility and entitlement

7.14 Only the owner or business manager of a hotel, guest house or holiday let that had a qualifying permit (Paragraph 7.3) and is located within a Residential Parking Zone, may apply for a Hotel Permit account.

7.15 The number of simultaneous stays that can be active at any one time (previously the number of permits) for hotels remains linked to a property’s number of discrete rooms, up to a maximum of 15. This number is also offset by the availability of off-street parking (or historic parking, where this has been surrendered to development).

7.16 Holiday Let/Guest House entitlement remains at 1 permit per property. This number is also offset by the availability of off-street parking (or historic parking, where this has been surrendered to development).

7.17 The business must be registered for Business Rates.

Cost of parking stays

7.18 Each single 24-hour stay (starting from noon on the activation date and ending at noon the following day) is chargeable at the 24 hour parking rate at a Long Stay car park (see our Parking and Travel page for current costs.)

This charge applies to both Hotel Inner and Hotel Outer Zones and is subject to change in line with any future changes to Long Stay car park charges.

7.19 Multiple day stays are charged at the equivalent multiples of the daily rate. No discount is available for longer stays.

7.20 No reduction or refund is provided for any part days not required within an activated stay.

7.21 No refund will be provided for an activated parking stay in the event a parking space is not available at any of our long stay car parks (Hotel Inner Zone) or on-street parking spaces in resident parking zones (Hotel Outer Zone).

7.22 All parking charges incurred on the account are charged against the registered bank card on a daily basis.