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Full season permit

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have made changes to parking restrictions in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Most public car parks are now open.

Valid permits and season tickets were extended for April, but you should now renew them if you need to.

See further information about changes to services.


We use an online system for purchasing a parking permit. By using the system you will no longer receive a physical permit, instead receiving a virtual permit. 

Permits can be shared between two vehicles however cannot be used at the same time. The virtual permit system can register when the permit is being used fraudulently.  If this is found to be the case your permit will be cancelled and no refund issued.

Please ensure you enter the correct registration number into the system - particular care should be taken when entering 0 (zero, the number) and O (the letter).  Mistakes will result in the issue of a Penalty Charge Notice.

We also have permits for the parking of heavy commercial, public service and goods vehicles - please contact us if you have any queries.

Permit details

This permit allows parking in the following Christchurch car parks.

Please be aware that Pit Site and Bargates car parks will be closing due to the planned development of these car parks during 2020. We regret we are unaware of the exact timescales due to the ongoing planning process. Permit holders can continue to park in these car parks until the closures occur. 

  • Avon Beach – unlimited
  • Avon Run Road – unlimited
  • Bank Close – 2 hours only 8am – 7pm
  • Bridge Street – 2 hours only 8am – 7pm
  • Bypass – 2 hours only 8am - 7pm (except designated long stay parking bays)
  • Christchurch Quay – unlimited
  • Highcliffe Castle – 4 hours only (all year)
  • Highcliffe Cliff Top – unlimited
  • Leisure Centre – unlimited
  • Mayors Mead – unlimited
  • Mudeford Quay – unlimited
  • Priory – 4 hours only (1 April to 30 September)
  • Purewell Dairy – unlimited
  • Saxon Square – 2 hours only 8am – 7pm (except designated long stay parking bays on the lower floor)
  • Southcliffe Road – unlimited
  • Steamer Point – unlimited
  • Wick Lane – 2 hours only 8am – 6.30pm
  • Willow Way – unlimited
  • Wortley Road - unlimited

Residents receive reduced rates and these are shown below. A resident is a person residing within the area formerly known as the Borough of Christchurch and whose name would normally appear on the electoral register.

Residents of Christchurch town centre who have no off-street parking at their property can apply for an enhanced season permit for an additional cost (resident rate plus 25% premium) which, in addition to the terms and conditions specified, will allow unlimited parking at one of the following nominated shopping car parks - Wick Lane, Bank Close, Saxon Square (designated long stay bays on lower floor only) or Bridge Street.

Beach hut owners at Mudeford Sandbank and Friars Cliff who are not residents of Christchurch may apply for one permit at the resident rate. Additional permits must be purchased at the non resident rate.

Please select 'Christchurch Season Tickets' for Permit category and 'Beach hut owners only' for Permit type when making your online application.

Return is prohibited within 3 hours.

View the full terms and conditions for this parking permit. 

parking fees
Year 2020/21Full season permit - residentFull season permit - non resident
1 April to 31 March £305 £499
1 March to 31 October £239 £441
1 April to 30 September £176 £331
1 October to 31 March £159 £287

Please note

Buying a permit does not guarantee that a space will be available. At certain times of the year we reserve the right to grant free parking or to close car parks (for example in the case of essential maintenance or a special event).

No refund of the permit fee will be made in respect of such periods.

A two metre height restriction applies in some car parks (1.95m in Wick lane and Leisure Centre East car parks).

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