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We offer different types of parking permits, season tickets and schemes.

Residents' permits

You must provide proof of residency and demonstrate that they are the owner of the vehicle. There are a few exceptions, for example, company cars. Each permit states a zone where parking is allowed. There is no guarantee that residents will be able to park directly outside their property or in their street.

Every resident within the CPZ is eligible to apply for a resident parking permit for their vehicle(s), except residents of new developments of flats/apartments and houses constructed/adapted after 1 April 2008 or residents of a single dwelling, flat/apartment or house of multiple occupancy that has been formed as part of a conversion of a building or part of a building after 12 August 2013.

Apply online for a parking permit

Residents' parking permits are valid for one year and up to three permits per household can be purchased. 

The cost for the first vehicle is £25, the second £73 and the third vehicle is £94. A charge of £5 is made for changes to permits.

Please read the guidelines (PDF) before applying online below.

Apply for a residents' parking permit

Application form for a parking permit

Download an application form to fill in and post: 

Visitor parking permits

Additional visitors parking permits may be purchased by residents at £15 per book. These are available to purchase by vising the Customer Service Centre or calling them on 01234 718057. 

Visitor permits are limited to two books per household per year.

When using a visitor parking permit (VPP) please ensure that a validated voucher is displayed when parking within the controlled parking zone (CPZ).

Every resident within the CPZ can apply for Visitor Books, except:

  • residents of new developments of flats/apartments and houses constructed/adapted after 1 April 2008. 
  • residents of a single dwelling, flat/apartment or house of multiple occupancy that has been formed as part of a conversion of a building or part of a building after 12 August 2013.

Business parking permits

Business vehicles can park in any pay-and-display bays in the CPZ. Businesses based within the CPZ may apply for permits if they can demonstrate a need. Permits cost £180 per year for the first permit and £250 for the second. Each permit would have the name of the company displayed, but could be used by any vehicle registered by the business.

Permit holders will no longer receive a renewal notice reminder.

To download an application form please click on the relevant link at the top of the page.

For further details, or if you have misplaced your permit please visit Bedford Borough Council, Customer Services Centre, Horne Lane, Bedford, MK40 1RA or telephone the office on 01234 718057.

Healthcare and voluntary organisations

Healthcare Parking Permits are available to key healthcare workers to enable parking within the CPZ while attending to patients. These permits are not valid on yellow lines.

Charges for the permits are £20 for healthcare / £5 for voluntary and they are valid for two years. Should the permit need to be altered within this period there will be a charge of £5.

For further details, or if you have misplaced or not received your renewal notice please email or telephone the office on 01234 718359.

Alternatively download the relevant form below:

Parking bay suspensions

We sometimes need to suspend or partly suspend bays and spaces for specific purposes such as: building work, roadwork and loading or unloading. We may suspend bays at any time and it is an contravention to park in a suspended bay. Warning notices will be displayed at the bay advising of any suspensions due.

Please note that we do not carry out suspensions outside of the Controlled Parking Zone.

Charges for suspensions

If you need us to suspend a bay, please download the suspension of a parking space application at the top of the page or contact us on telephone 01234 718057.


A waiver is a form that allows a vehicle to wait on a yellow line while it is being used in an agreed way. It does not give you permission to park, but is intended to help with temporary work and short-term needs. We do not issue waivers for stopping within marked parking places outside the Controlled Parking Zone.

If you require a waiver, please visit the Bedford Borough Council Customer Services Centre, Horne Lane, Bedford MK40 1RA or telephone 01234 718057. 

Charges for waivers

A waiver is charged at £5 per day for up to 4 hours per vehicle and £10 per day for a period of over 4 hours per vehicle. Waivers can be issued for up to a week and can be extended for further periods if necessary.

To download an application form please click on the relevant link at the top of the page.

In most cases we will deal with your applications there and then. However, we may need to refer you to our Highways Service first. In some circumstances you do not need a waiver. You are permitted to load and unload your vehicle on a yellow line, without a break, as long as loading restrictions are not in force for a maximum of 15 minutes.

Vehicles marked as removals vehicles may carry out removals for as long as necessary, as long as no loading restrictions are in force.

Waivers are issued for:

  • continuously loading and unloading bulky goods from your vehicle (when this will take longer than 15 minutes)
  • continuously using your vehicle as a workshop (such as for fitting kitchens and using carpentry machinery from a vehicle)
  • continuously using a tar boiler, welding cylinder, compressor or generator from your vehicle

Waivers are not issued for:

  • vehicles being used for storing tools
  • allowing you to park your vehicle while you are working elsewhere
  • trailers
  • unloading goods which are not bulky

Applications for waivers on the Town Centre pedestrian area (where there is a prohibition of traffic) must be supported by:

  • a Certificate of Public Liability Insurance for a minimum of £5 million
  • a risk assessment of the task that is to be undertaken.

Car park season tickets

Season tickets are permits/passes which allow you to park in a particular car park and are available for most car parks. With a season ticket the average price of daily parking reduces and there is no need to visit a pay machine as the season ticket has already been paid for.

Please note that a season ticket is only valid for the car park for which you have paid for.

Download a car park season ticket application form here

You can renew a car park season ticket by email at or by phone on 01234 718057. You will need to confirm the car park you want to renew your permit for, your vehicle registration, the month you want it start from and your contact telephone number.

Blue Badge Scheme

Parking is free and without time limit for holders of Blue Badges when using a marked parking bay. 

See the Blue Badge Scheme page for more information.

Penalty charges for contravention

Please remember, the charges for parking unlawfully are £70 or £50 depending on the nature of the contravention. 

If the Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) remains unpaid after all appeals have been exhausted, additional charges will be incurred. Visit our page on fines for further information .  

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