Parking for key workers
NHS frontline staff can park for free while on-duty.
Who can apply
To qualify, you need to give us evidence of your employment at a medical facility within one of the SEPP areas.
If you are not located at a SEPP area medical facility, you will need to contact the relevant authority about their NHS parking concessions.
What is included
The permit will allow on-street parking in:
- limited waiting bays
- on-street Pay and Display bays
- resident permit bays
It does not apply to public car parks. You will need to contact each individual authority for further advice on this.
How to apply
To apply for this permit, you will need to contact us and supply the correct evidence.
Our preferred evidence is something from your manager, confirming that you require need a permit to work. Your manager will need to give us your full name, registration number and the hospital you work at.
You can also visit www.nhs-freeparking.co.uk to find other free parking options for critical care workers.
Parking at home
If you are furloughed or working from home and have trouble parking on the street, you need to contact us. We can then review any parking dispensations that we may be able to apply.
We have adjusted the level of patrols in response to a series of further national lockdown measures announced by the Government in recent days.
Our Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) are focusing the patrols on:
- reported issues which compromise safety-critical routes
- areas where inconsiderate parking stops the safe movement of traffic (double yellow lines and junction protection)
- areas where inconsiderate parking stops safe access for emergency vehicles and other essential services such as waste and recycling lorries
We realise that many residential streets have parking restrictions in place to stop all-day commuter parking. These are now presenting problems for residents that have to work from or stay at home.
We will be maximising parking spaces on the single yellow line restrictions by relaxing those parking restrictions until the national lockdown is lifted.
We kindly ask that motorists obey usual rules to avoid causing an obstruction. You should keep access and pavements clear, especially for emergency and waste collection vehicles.
When you park and exit your vehicle, you should make sure that your vehicle is parked in the safest and most considerate manner. If you do not do this, you may still be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).
Reporting a parking problem
You can report a parking issue online.
You can contact us online with any requests and enquiries.
We already have several online automated systems to manage the administration process and deal with your enquiries, including:
Renewing existing resident permits
You need to ensure that all resident and visitor permits are valid and up-to-date. You can renew any permits online via MiPermit.
Requesting new parking restrictions (Traffic Regulation Orders)
You can request a new parking restriction online.
We will continue to accept requests for a parking restriction, but we may put on hold any site assessments for existing and new requests. This could be because the current traffic movements and parking habits will not be reflective of a normal working day/week.
We will continue with any assessments that have been put on hold once traffic flows and parking levels return to normal. For example, we could consider a request for a resident permit scheme.
Whilst people are following social distancing and self-isolation guidance, we may need to put on hold:
- existing and new site assessments
- any informal and formal consultations
- any Committee Meeting decisions
- implementation of approved Traffic Regulation Orders
Park and Ride
You need to check with Essex County Council regarding their Park and Ride service.
Taxis and private hire vehicles
We have produced some coronavirus safety guidance for taxi and private hire vehicle drivers and passengers.
You can view our coronavirus safety guidance for taxi drivers.
You can also view our coronavirus safety guidance for taxi passengers.