Traders Permits can be applied for by traders working within the Controlled Parking Zones who own a vehicle which is required to carry out the running of the business and to those businesses that require constant access to a delivery vehicle throughout the day.

A permit cannot be issued for the use of occasional loading or unloading activities as this may take place at any time providing that the vehicle is not causing an obstruction or parked in a prohibited area.

Other traders or those in the service sector are not entitled to a permit and should seek alternative parking i.e. pay and display/voucher parking bays, Dispensations Notices or Resident Visitor Permits.

Traders permit costs

Residents' parking zone

Annual Charge

Operational Times

F, G,  H, K, L, O

J, M

First Permit £208

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 21:00

H2 and N (part day)

First Permit £114

10:00 - 11:00 & 14:00 - 15:00



Applying for a permit


A Trader Permit application form is available to print. They are also available from East Pallant House. In order that your application can be considered, you should complete an application form and also bring with you the following evidence:

  • Details and proof of the operational need on letter headed paper
  • Council Tax bill, Tenancy Agreement/Lease of trade premises

Please remember that without the information above we may not be able to process your application. The council reserve the right to refuse an application.


Using a Traders' permit
  • A Traders permit should be displayed clearly on the windscreen or on the dashboard of a vehicle
  • If you no longer need a permit or if you no longer operate from the addresses, we ask that you inform the Council as soon as possible to enable us to cancel it. Permits are linked by address and are not transferable.
  • A Traders permit is available for use in Permit Holder or Shared Use bays in the zone for which it is purchased. The Zone is stated on both the permit itself and also the signs that accompany the permit holder bays.
  • The vehicle in which the permit is displayed must be able to fit wholly in the bay or alternative parking should be located.
  • Up to 3 registrations can be logged against a permit.
  • If you have multiple registrations logged against your Permit, or another person will be using it, it is the responsibility of the Permit holder (named on the application form) to inform and supply all users of the Permit with the Terms & Conditions.

All permits are sent 2nd class and this should be taken into account when applying for a permit. Permits are valid from the 1st of each month for a period of 6 months or 1 year. Applicants should not park in a resident's bay until the permit or an alternative exemption is displayed.

Failure to park in accordance with the West Sussex County Council Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) or to comply with the Terms and Conditions of your permit may result in a Penalty Charge Notice being issued. Please go to the West Sussex website to view the TRO.

If the council suspects that the permit is being misused, it reserves the right to withdraw or cancel a permit at any time.

Change of registration (additional vehicle registrations)

If you need to change a registration (or an additional registration) on your resident's permit, please return the permit and a valid V5 Document for the new vehicle. A registration cannot be amended or added without these being supplied. The Permit Holder must allow at least 36 hours for the Permit to be reproduced with the new details and also consider council opening hours, Bank and Public holidays. All permits are sent 2nd class.

In these circumstances we will replace any active resident's permit free of charge with an updated permit showing the new vehicle registration number.


Lost permits

In the event of a permit being lost, an administration charge of £5.00 will apply for the issue of a replacement. Please see the 'Permit Changes Form' which can be printed, completed and returned to Parking Services. The Permit Holder must allow at least 36 hours for the Permit to be reproduced and also consider council opening hours, Bank and Public holidays. All permits are sent 2nd class.


Renewing a permit

If renewing an existing permit, please ensure that you allow 7 days before the expiry date to receive your new permit.

Permit holders should allow 3 working days for delivery, (2nd class post) and should not park in a resident's bay until the permit or alternative exemption is displayed. When a resident's permit is due to expire, Parking Services will send a renewal reminder letter/email. However, it remains the responsibility of the permit holder to ensure that the permit is renewed and we recommend making a calendar note to ensure that you receive your renewed permit in sufficient time.




To request a refund, the permit must be returned to Parking Services. Refunds can only be issued for the remaining full months of the permit and for amounts over £5.00, this will be payable by cheque. Please see the 'Refund Request Form' which can be printed and returned with the permit.



The council has a duty to protect the public funds it administers.  To prevent and assist in the detection of fraud, the information you provide on any forms may be shared with other public bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds. This includes checks on credit reference agencies and taking part in the National Audit Office's Fraud Initiative. For further information, see the National Fraud Initiative page on the West Sussex County Council website.

Any person making a false statement for the purpose of obtaining a residents' parking permit shall be guilty of an offence (Section 115 (2) Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984).