Apply for a Business Visitor Permit

We encourage business owners and their visitors to use sustainable modes of transport such as public transport, walking, and cycling where possible to reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality for all. We recognise that there are occasions where it is necessary for a business to enable visitors to park close to its premises.

A business visitor permit must not be used for staff or owner parking as a form of commuter parking.

The charge paid for a business visitor parking permit covers the membership, administration, maintenance, and enforcement of permit schemes. It does not represent paid for parking and does not guarantee a parking space. We will not provide a refund if a permit is no longer required or unable to be used.

Evidence Requirements

The business must be registered for Business Rates. Please have your Business Rate number ready.

Eligibility & entitlement

The owner of a business located in a Resident Parking Zone (with the exception of businesses in Central Zone), can apply for a Business Vehicle or Business Visitor Permit. (You can apply for a Business Vehicle Permit via the separate Business Vehicle Permit (on street) option)

A business is entitled to a maximum of 2 permits in any combination. Business’s located in the Central Zone are not eligible for Business Parking permits due to the limited space in the city centre.

Eligibility for either permit will be offset by the availability of any off-street parking at the business property. For example, a property with access to 1 off street parking space will have its eligibility for parking permits reduced by 1.

Permit costs

Digital business visitor permits are available on an annual or six-monthly, basis through MiPermit

Permit 12-month cost Permit 6-month cost
1st £110.00 £55.00
2nd £165.00 £82.50
Total for 2 Permits £275.00 £137.50

Permit use

Once purchased, the business permit holder can ‘activate’ a parking stay for the visitor’s vehicle using the MiPermit ‘Permit On Demand’ Service (POD). (Information to explain how to use the POD service will be sent by email following successful purchase).

Visitors to the business must be using a passenger vehicle, car derived van or goods vehicle.

The parking permit is ‘virtual’, meaning once a parking stay has been activated there is nothing for the visitor to display in the vehicle.

Visitors can park their vehicle in all on-street resident parking bays in the specific zone the business is located within.

It is the permit holder’s responsibility to activate a parking stay upon the visitor’s arrival in order for the permit to be valid.

A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), may be issued to the owner/keeper of the vehicle in the event a vehicle is parked without a valid parking permit stay.