Apply for a business parking permit

You can apply for a business parking permit online or by post. 

Apply online

Before you start, you'll need:

  • a letter from your employer, on headed paper, proving you’re an employee and need a parking permit. This must be dated with 3 months
  • if you use your own vehicle, provide vehicle proof, such as a copy of your vehicle registration document or insurance certificate
  • if you drive a company vehicle, a letter from your employer to confirm your name, home address and details of the company vehicle you drive.

Your proof must be clear and readable.

A business permit costs £152.

Apply for a business parking permit online

School's business permit

You cannot apply for a school's business permit online.

Please complete the paper application form and post along with all supporting documentation to: Parking Services, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR.

Please include a phone number for card payment or enclose a cheque.

What happens next

Once we've received your application, we'll send you a confirmation email.

If your application is successful, we’ll send you an email with a link for you to pay online.

We aim to send your permit to you within 10 working days of the date we received your payment.

Once you receive your permit you must display it clearly in your vehicle or risk being issued with a parking fine, also known as a penalty charge notice (PCN).

If your application is not successful, we will tell you why. If it’s due to unacceptable proof, you’ll be given one more opportunity to provide new proof before your application is closed and you’ll need to apply again.

How to use your permit

You can only use your permit in the controlled parking zone it has been issued for. You cannot use it to park in other controlled parking zones or on single or double yellow lines in a zone. 

You must display your valid permit clearly in the front windscreen of a vehicle. If your vehicle does not have a windscreen, for example you have a motorcycle, you must display it in a clear position.

If you do not display your permit clearly or use it in a different controlled parking zone, you risk being issued with a parking fine, also known as a penalty charge notice (PCN).

The permit does not guarantee you a parking space.