How the residents' parking schemes work
How the residents' parking schemes work
Information about residents' parking schemes (RPS) across Bristol, like what types of permit are available, what bays there are and what vehicles can park in them.
Residents parking schemes
A residents’ parking scheme is a street or area where parking is controlled.
The hours of operation vary according to each scheme area. The times of operation can be found:
- under individual scheme pages see residents’ parking areas
- on signs within the residents parking scheme
Parking in a residents’ parking permit scheme
To park in a residents’ parking scheme area during its hours of operation you’ll need to have a valid:
- parking permit for that residents’ parking scheme
- visitors parking permit for that residents’ parking scheme
- pay and display session and parked in a pay and display bay or shared use bay
- Blue Badge
Sundays and public holidays
Residents’ parking schemes don’t operate on Sundays or public holidays so you can park for free in permit holders’ only or shared used bays and pay and display bays without having a permit. The only exception to this is Bower Ashton where the scheme runs all days and all hours except on Christmas Day.
Types of parking place
These types of parking place may be in a residents’ parking scheme:
- Permit holders only
- Permit Parking Area (PPA)
- Shared-use: permit or pay and display parking
- Pay and Display only: pay and display parking only
- Disabled: Blue Badge holders
- Car Club: car club vehicles
- Loading: loading only
Check on signs to find out what type of parking place it is.
Residents’ parking permits
To get a permit, you need to be a resident in the area and show that you are the registered keeper of the vehicle
Each permit can have two registration numbers on it. Only one vehicle can park in the scheme area at one time. You’ll need to swap the permit between vehicles.
Each household without a driveway or garage can apply for three residents’ permits. If you have a driveway or garage, or live on a private road, you can only apply for one permit.
In a Permit Parking Areas (PPA’s) you’ll need a permit to park on any part of the adopted highway, including across your driveway. Vehicles parking in a PPA must have a valid permit on display at all times during the schemes operating hours.
You can get temporary cover of up to one month to park in a residents’ parking area if you’re waiting for your V5 document for a new vehicle.
Visitors parking permits
You don’t need to own a vehicle to get visitors’ parking permits, but you need to show that you are a resident in the area.
The number of visitor permits you can get depends on your residents’ parking scheme . Find out more by going to residents’ and visitors’ parking permit costs and allocations.
Each permit is valid for one day but can be swapped between vehicles on that day.
Permits can’t be transferred between households and mustn’t be sold on.
Pay and display
In some areas, people without a residents’ or visitors’ parking permit can park if they get a pay and display ticket or pay to park.
There will be a sign next to the parking place to show whether you need a permit, pay and display ticket or payment to park there.
You can park for up to 30 minutes free of charge using a pay and display ticket or pay £1 an hour to park for up to three hours. In some areas, you can park for longer than three hours. This will be shown on the signs next to the parking place and on the pay and display machine.
Permit costs will depend on the area you are living in. See residents’ and visitors’ parking permit costs
Residents’ parking areas are patrolled daily; a Penalty Charge Notice (parking ticket) will be issued if a vehicle is not complying with the rules and regulations of the scheme.
If you park on double yellow lines at any time, you’ll receive a penalty charge notice even if you have a valid residents’ or visitors’ parking permit.
If you see an illegally parked vehicle you can report it on our parking services contact form
If you have a motorbike you can park for free without time limits in any parking place except for a disabled or loading area.
Vehicles with a maximum laden weight above three and a half tonnes may not be eligible for permits.
Car club bays can only be used by car club permit holders.
You can’t apply for a residents’ permit if you live in a hall of residence.