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Shoppers permit

Coronavirus (COVID-19): change to service

Most public car parks are now open.

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 of up to 2 hours (3 hours at Leisure centre) at any of the ‘shopping’ car parks listed: Bank Close, Bridge Street, Bypass, Leisure Centre, Purewell Dairy, Saxon Square, Wick Lane and Willow Way and Wortley Road. 

Return is prohibited within 3 hours. 

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. Shoppers permit holders can continue to park in these car parks (for up to 2 hours) until the closures occur.

parking charges
Year 2021/22Resident rateNon resident and business owners

1 April to 31 March

£104 £104
1 September to 31 March £67 £67
1 October to 31 March £61 £61

View the full terms and conditions of a shoppers permit.

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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