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Parking Permit Information for Christchurch car parks

Christchurch Borough Council uses 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. 

The table below gives this year's pricing (April 2018-March 2019) and a link to the online system. Permits for 2018-19 will be available to purchase online throughout the month of March 2018. 

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.

Shopping permit

This permit allows parking of up to two hours (three hours at the leisure centre) at any of the 'shopping' car parks listed below:

Saxon Square; Bypass; Bridge Street; Bank Close; Pit Site; Wick Lane; Bargates; Wortley Road; Purewell Dairy; Leisure Centre and Willow Way.

Return is prohibited within three hours.

View the full terms and conditions of a shoppers permit.

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Year 2018/19Resident rateNon resident and business owners

1 April to 31 March

£99£99
1 September to 31 March£64£64
1 October to 31 March£58£58

Full Season permit

This permit allows unlimited parking in all the borough's car parks, but with a restriction of four hours parking in Highcliffe Castle car park (all year), Priory car park (1 April to 30 September), and two hours parking in the following car parks (8am to 7pm):

Wick Lane (8am to 6:30pm); Bank Close; Bridge Street; Saxon Square (except designated long stay parking bays on the lower floor) and Bypass (except designated long stay parking bays)

Residents receive reduced rates and these are shown below. A resident is a person residing within 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.

Return is prohibited within three hours.

View the full terms and conditions for this Christchurch parking permit

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Year 2018/19Resident rateNon resident and business owners
1 April to 31 March£290£475
1 March to 31 October£228£420
1 April to 30 September£168£315
1 October to 31 March£151£273

East Dorset Bowls Club permit

Designed for bowlers, allows four hours parking weekdays and five hours parking at weekends in the Leisure Centre car park.

View the full  terms and conditions for a bowling club permit.

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Year 2018/19Resident rateNon resident and business owners
1 October to 30 April£42£42

Leisure Centre permit

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For frequent users of the leisure centre, allows a total of four hours parking per day in the leisure centre car park.

View the full terms and conditions of the Leisure Centre permit.

Year 2018/19Resident rateNon resident and business owners
1 April to 31 March£60£60
1 October to 31 March£35£35

Disabled Parking Exemption Permit

If you are a Disabled Badge Holder and are in receipt of one of the allowances listed below, you may apply for a disabled parking exemption permit. Proof must be provided. You must also supply a copy of the front and back of your blue badge when applying for a disabled exemption permit.

Please be aware that a charge will apply of £15 for residents of Christchurch and £25 for non-residents. The permit will be valid from the date of issue and will expire at the same time as the disabled badge. A cost will also apply when the permit is renewed.  This will entitle you to unlimited parking in any of Christchurch Borough Council's pay and display car parks.  Please note that, with effect from 1 April 2018,  the permit will also be tenable in East Dorset District Council's Pay and Display Car Parks. The permit must be used for the benefit of the Disabled Badge Holder only and must not be used by any other person. A valid Disabled Badge must be displayed in conjunction with the permit. In the event of a lost or damaged permit a £5.00 charge will be made for each replacement permit. The qualifying criteria are:-

1. High Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance or a score of 10 or 12 points for the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment

2. High Rate Attendance Allowance (if over 65 years of age)

3. Low Rate Attendance Allowance (if over 65 years of age) and are incapable of walking more than 30 metres (written statement required)

4. War Pensions Mobility Supplement

View the full Christchurch Borough Council - Disabled Parking Exemption Permit

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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).

Millhams Street Traders Permit

Please contact us for an application form.

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