Apply for a Trade Permit

We encourage all Trades people and Landlords to use sustainable modes of transport such as public transport, walking and cycling, to reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality for all. We recognise that there are occasions where it is necessary due to the nature of the service provided to park in a Bath car park, on street pay and display bay, or Residents’ Parking Zone in order to provide services to residents and businesses.

A trade permit, allows the holder to activate digital parking stays to park in a council owned Bath car park, residents’ parking bay, or on-street pay & display bay for as long as required, without having to purchase a ticket at a pay & display machine. This provides the flexibility of allowing the permit holder to stay for longer periods than the maximum time advertised

Trade permits are not vehicle specific. There is no limit to the number of vehicles that can be linked to a trade permit account, with all parking charges incurred on the account charged against the registered bank card on a daily basis

Tradespeople using a vehicle as an essential on-site base while working with heavy materials, equipment and tools, and landlords who rent at least one property within a residents’ parking zone are eligible for a trade permit. You do not have to reside or be based within Bath & North East Somerset to apply.

We consider all applications on a case-by-case basis and examples of trades that may be entitled to a trade permit include (but are not limited to) services which may need to deliver heavy equipment and tools, such as the following:

  • Aerial installation
  • Bathroom fitting
  • Building
  • Carpentry
  • Carpet fitting
  • Painting & Decorating

You’ll be required to provide proof of the business undertaken as part of the application process.

The charges vary by location and are outlined below for information:

Inner area (Central and Zone 1)

  • £3.60 - per hour
  • Max cost £28 per day

Outer area (all other residents parking zones)

  • £7.50 per day