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Resident's permit guidance

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Residents parking schemes are in operation in most of the residential areas in and around Middlesbrough town centre. The schemes are designed to keep residential streets clear from commuter and shopper’s vehicles to enable residents to park near their homes.

If you live in a street or operate a business within the residents parking scheme you will be entitled to apply for a residents parking scheme permit.

The residents parking scheme is divided into zones. There are currently twelve residents parking zones in Middlesbrough: A, B, C, D, E, G, H, J, K, L, P, and U. Streets within the residents parking scheme may have markings on the road, and all have signs.

The signs show which zone the street is included in and the zone’s hours of operation. Any vehicle may be parked for any length of time outside of the hours of operation.

Residents parking permits have the registration number of the vehicle printed on the permit. So you'll need to apply for a permit for each vehicle that you own/wish to park in the zone. Permits will also include the zone in which the permit is valid. You can't use your permits in another zone. Permits are renewed each year before the permit expiry date (printed on the permit), and are sent out in the post.

How do I apply for a permit?

Complete a residents parking permit application form. You can apply online, or download a PDF application from the residents parking scheme page.

Application forms are also available from Parking Services, Middlesbrough House, 50 Corporation Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2YQ. Opening hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30pm to 4:30pm Wednesday, and 8:30am to 4pm Friday (closed on weekends and Bank Holidays).

You'll need to provide proof of residence, for example a utility bill, bank statement etc. (less than 3 months old), and your vehicle registration documents or insurance documents.

If the vehicle belongs to your employer and you cannot get the registration/insurance document, you should get an official letter from your employer saying that you use the vehicle(s) concerned.

Which vehicles can be parked with a permit?

You can get a permit for the following types of vehicles:

  1. cars or other passenger vehicles with seating for not more than 13 people
  2. goods vehicles with an unladen weight of not more than 30 cwt
  3. motorcycles

Where can I park with my residents parking permit?

If you display a valid permit on the windscreen of your vehicle, you'll be entitled to park in the residents parking scheme zone during its hours of operation.

There should be sufficient space for all residents to park, but holding a does not guarantee that a particular space will be available. A permit also does not:

  • allow a vehicle to be parked on yellow line waiting/loading restrictions
  • allow free parking at any pay and display area, business parking area, or unlimited time in any loading bays which may be located within the residents parking scheme zone.

In addition to residents vehicles displaying a permit the following vehicles can also be parked in resident parking places:

  1. vehicles displaying a visitors/business or all zone permit
  2. police, fire brigade, ambulance and other local authority vehicles
  3. vehicles used by doctors and nurses which are displaying an 'on call' sign
  4. removal vans
  5. vehicles which are being used to deliver or collect goods from properties next to the parking place (these vehicles can only wait for 20 minutes)
  6. vehicles which are picking up or setting down passengers
  7. vehicles parking in Zones P and U for less than 45 minutes (permit required after 45 minutes)
  8. certain other vehicles in special circumstances

If any other vehicles are parked in the resident parking spaces, the driver/owner of the vehicle will be liable to get a Penalty Charge Notice.

What happens if I change my vehicle?

You should apply for a permit for your new vehicle and hand in your old permit. The old permit cannot be used on your new vehicle. Please make sure that your permit does not fall into the hands of a non-resident if you sell your vehicle.

What do I do if I move house?

If you change your address you must notify Parking Services immediately. You can call us on 01642 726003. Your permit must be handed back to us if you move outside of the residents parking scheme zone.

What do I do if my permit is lost or stolen?

If your permit is lost or stolen, you'll need to reapply for a permit and show us your documentation again.

If your permit becomes faded or defaced, hand it in to Parking Services for a replacement.

Suspending a parking place

The council and the police can temporarily suspend the whole or part of a parking place for certain special reasons. Signs will be put up when a parking place is suspended.

If on special occasions (for example, a wedding or a funeral) you need extra parking space near to your house, you should apply to Parking Services for the parking place to be suspended. You should give us as much detail as possible, and you should make your application as early as possible.

Residents cannot park in a suspended parking place unless they have permission from the council or the police.

If people visit me regularly can they park in the residents parking place?

If someone visits you regularly and we agree that it's not reasonable for them to find a parking space outside of the zone, they may be entitled to a visitor's permit. Currently, permanent visitor's permits are available for visitors to zones A, B, C, D, E, G, H, and J.

To get a permit, your visitors should complete an visitor's application form. Forms are available forms are available on the residents parking scheme page. Application forms are also available from Parking Services, Middlesbrough House, 50 Corporation Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2YQ. Opening hours are 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30pm to 4:30pm Wednesday, and 8:30am to 4pm Friday (closed on weekends and Bank Holidays).

The visitor will need a supporting statement from the resident they're visiting (you), and will also need to show their vehicle registration document or insurance document.

Visitors will be able to use a resident parking place if they're given a permit and display it in their windscreen.

Visitors to zone K must get a visitor's permit upon arrival from the resident they're visiting. The permit must be clearly displayed in the visitor's vehicle, and handed back to the resident at the end of their visit.

Visitors to Zone P and Zone U may park in a resident parking place without a permit for 45 minutes (2 hours at Park Vale Road), with no return within 2 hours. A visitor wishing to stay longer than this must obtain a visitor's scratchcard permit from the resident they're visiting, scratch off the relevant panels, and display it in their vehicle.

Who will enforce the residents parking scheme?

Our Civil Enforcement Officers will patrol the residents parking zones. Penalty Charge Notices are issued for the following:

  1. parking in a resident parking place without displaying a valid permit
  2. parking in a resident parking place and displaying an invalid permit
  3. parking in a suspended parking bay
  4. not parking correctly within the markings of the bay or space

Permit holders must comply with all the requirements of the scheme. The displaying of permits is absolutely necessary for the scheme to be successful.

If you need any further information on residents parking, please call Parking Services on 01642 726003.

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