Apply for a parking permit
Northampton Town inner ring road area
We offer resident parking permits to properties within the inner ring road in Northampton town centre. The scheme allows permit holders to use selected town centre long stay car parks.
Find out how to apply for a parking permit in the Northampton town centre area.
There are several different types of permit you can apply for in the Daventry area.
- short stay car parks
- permits for local businesses
- permits for construction vehicles
- special exemption permits
- permits to place a waste skip within a parking bay on a Council car park
Find out how to apply for a parking permit in the Daventry area.
For permits for Market Square in Daventry, see below.
Other areas in West Northamptonshire
The following information applies to other parking permit zones in areas of West Northamptonshire:
- including Market Square in Daventry
- excluding the Daventry area and Northampton town centre inner ring road area (see above)
Types of permit
In certain instances you can choose between a paper permit (physical permit) or a virtual (electronic) permit. Once paid for, a virtual permit is immediately live so you will not receive a paper permit to display in your vehicle.
A virtual permit becomes live as soon as a confirmation email is sent to you after payment has been made.
If you opt for a paper permit or your permit type only allows for a physical permit then it must be displayed in the vehicle. You must ensure all the written details on the permit are clearly visible through the windscreen at all times so they can be seen by enforcement officers.
All paper permits are sent via second class mail.
Where permits can be used
See a full list of residential parking permit scheme areas.
Permits are only valid in the zone shown on the permit. The permit zone letter recorded on the permit must match the letter showing on the permit sign. You are not permitted to park in any other zone.
You can apply and pay for a new permit or renew a permit online. Payment will be taken via debit or credit card.
Apply by post
To apply by post for a permit in other areas of West Northamptonshire (as listed above), contact the permit team on 0345 680 0153 (option 2) to request a postal application form. This will be sent via second class mail.
Completed applications together with any proofing documents (photocopies acceptable) can be posted to:
Traffic Enforcement Team
St Giles Square
Permits will be posted via second class mail. Refunds will not be issued as the initial costs are administrative fees for the issue of the permit.
Please make sure you include the appropriate remittance and the following documents (photocopies are accepted):
- vehicle registration document (V5C or equivalent)
- proof of residency (dated within the last 3 months)
Paying for your permit
We cannot accept payment over the telephone.
For postal applications, we can accept payment by cheques and postal orders only which should be made payable to West Northamptonshire Council. To pay using a debit or credit card, please apply using the online portal.
We will not be held liable for any lost, damaged, returned or undelivered mail items.
The following are not exempt from any of the parking restrictions in place and should ensure that they observe the appropriate signs and lines:
- taxis - Hackney carriages and private hire vehicles
- breakdown vehicles (unattended)
- estate agents
- foreign registered vehicles
Cabinet Office National Fraud Initiative
This authority is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.
Further information can be found on the Government website.
Reasonable adjustments policy
Public authorities such as a local authority, must take steps to remove the barriers you face because of your disability when they carry out their work. The Equality Act 2010 calls this the duty to make reasonable adjustments.
A local authority has a duty to make reasonable adjustments if:
You are disadvantaged by something because of your disability, and it is reasonable to make the changes to remove the disadvantage.
What is meant by 'reasonable'
Adjustments only have to be made if it's reasonable to do so. This depends on things like:
- your disability
- its practicality
- if the change you ask for would overcome the disadvantage you and other disabled people experience
- the size of the organisation
- the resources it would require
- the cost of making the changes
- if any changes have already been made
Whilst there is an application or renewal process in place via our website or by post, we are aware that this does not suit everybody and if our officers feel (or are advised) that additional assistance is required then we will look to make reasonable adjustments where possible to help you.
Examples of these reasonable adjustments include but are not limited to:
- a mutually convenient telephone appointment where you can make your application or renewal verbally - however, the call may need to be recorded depending on your disability as the recording may need to act as your signature confirming that you agree to the terms and conditions of the scheme
- a pre-booked face to face meeting (in exceptional circumstances) at One Angel Square, Northampton where you can apply/renew in person - however if you are unable to provide a signature then your usual mark will need to be witnessed as your acceptance of the terms and conditions of the scheme; and
- 3rd party liaison acting on your behalf, providing authority has been received from you, to apply or renew your permit as your representative - we would agree in this instance a way of arranging for the terms and conditions to be signed by you as acceptance
- the local authority will cover the costs of all reasonable adjustments
If we reject your request for an adjustment to be made, we will explain this decision to you, the factors that have been taken into account and may suggest alternatives which will be given the same level of consideration as the original request.
Request a new permit parking scheme
For any new scheme to have validity, the local community must provide evidence of support for it in the form of resident’s surveys or petitions.
We have strict criteria for new schemes, which must be met before a scheme will be considered.
We will agree to the introduction of residents’ parking schemes where the following criteria are met:
- not less than 85% of the available kerbside space is occupied for more than six hours between 8am and 6pm on five or more days a week from Monday to Saturday inclusive and a bona fide need of residents is established
- not more than 50% of the car owning residents have, or could have, parking available within the curtilage of their own property or within 200 metres walking distance by way of garages or other private off-street space
- the peak or normal working day demand for residents’ spaces should be able to be met
- the introduction of a scheme should not cause unacceptable problems in adjacent roads
- we are is satisfied that a reasonable level of enforcement of the proposals can be maintained by parking attendants
- permits for non-residential premises will be limited in their use to essential operational use only
- in areas where parking space is severely limited, the introduction of reserved parking does not seriously affect the commercial viability of the area
- after a full consultation process a minimum of 50% of the residents of the zone directly affected are in favour of the proposals
If you have any questions, need more information on creating a new permit zone or would like to view the permit policy please email [email protected]. We will endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 5 working days.
Last updated 23 August 2023