We encourage all medical and social care staff 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 medical and social care workers may require a vehicle to provide essential health and personal care services to people living at home within a residents parking zone.
Medical permits and social care permits allow permit holders to park in a resident’s parking bay or dual use bays (residents/pay & display bay), within any residents parking zone, for up to 2 hours when visiting patients or service users at their homes.
Medical permits - These permits are available to medical professionals providing essential medical services to patients at their home within a Residents’ Parking Zone. All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. Examples of those eligible include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Doctors (please note there is a separate parking permit scheme for GP’s
- District nurses
- Occupational therapists
Social care permits - These are available to social care professionals providing personal care to residents at the resident’s home within a Residents’ Parking Zone. All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. Examples of those eligible include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Home care assistants
Both of these permit types are designed to allow home visits to patients in the course of work and must not be used to provide daily or commuter parking on public roads with parking controls. This means permits should not be used when parking near a place of work, such as a surgery or medical practice, even when attending patients at a medical practice; before going on a visit or when returning to work after a visit. Vehicles observed in close proximity to the user’s regular surgery or medical practice may be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice and the permit may be cancelled.
Permits are not vehicle specific, meaning a number of vehicles can be registered as eligible to use a permit. However, only one vehicle can actively use the permit at a time. If your medical practice requires two or more staff to perform house calls at the same time, you will need to buy more permits for their use.
If your application is approved, we will let you know so that you can log in to your MiPermit account and purchase the permit. You do not need to reapply each year, simply log into your account and renew your permit when it expires.
Once a valid permit has been purchased the permit holder will then be able to activate a free 2 hour parking stay upon arrival at a destination for the permit to be valid. If a visit takes longer than 2 hours, or if a number of visits are taking place in the same street, additional parking stays must be activated at the expiry of each 2hr period. There is no limit to the number of concurrent stays that can be activated.