Guildford resident and visitor parking

We provide a number of permit only spaces in Guildford for use by residents and their visitors during the day. Find out how to apply for your resident and visitor parking permits.

Between certain hours, only permit holders can park in the resident permit only spaces.

Signs in the streets where this system is in operation will state these times, which are known as 'controlled hours'.

This means that most of the on-street parking is controlled during the hours 8.30am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, including public/bank holidays. However, in Dene Road, Denmark Road, Eastgate Gardens, Bury Fields, Millmead Terrace, Lawn Road and Bury Street the charging hours are 8.30am to 9pm seven days a week. There are also a number of bays where you may park without a permit for 2 or 4 hours (depending on the zone). In the inner town centre, there are three types of bays:

  • Pay-and-display only bays.

  • Dual-use bays, both for pay-and-display and permit-holders.

  • Permit-holder only bays.

Who can apply for a resident parking permit?

  • Households with no off-street parking facilities can buy up to two resident parking permits each year.
  • Households with one off-street space (for example, a garage or a driveway) and two vehicles at the property can buy one resident parking permit each year.
  • The following restrictions apply for residents in the inner town centre (Zone D), as follows:
    • As there is a waiting list for Zone D permits, residents are usually offered a permit in an adjacent area. Your request must be put in writing to go on the waiting list. See "How do I apply for a resident parking permit?"
    • Households which have an off-street parking space are not entitled to an Area D permit. If the household owns two vehicles, you may apply for one permit, but this would only be valid in the adjacent residents' parking Area A, B, C, or H.
    • Once you have reached the top of the waiting list, you will be offered an Area D permit, which must be taken up and your adjacent area permit returned. If you have two cars and no off-street parking at the property, you can buy a second permit in one of the adjacent areas above.
    • You will never be issued with two permits in the same zone, for Area D.

Resident permit holders clearly displaying a valid Area D permit are permitted to park free of charge after 6pm, Monday to Saturday, and after 5pm on Sundays, until the start of the daytime charges the following day in Guildford Borough Council's Pay and Display Car Parks.

 

How much does a resident parking permit cost?

  • One resident's permit costs £50 each year.

  • A second resident's permit costs a further £80 each year.

Discounts are given if the vehicle is under 1200cc or powered by an alternative fuel source; further details on application.

The permits are valid from 1 October to 30 September. We will charge you on a pro rata basis for any permits you buy during the year.

How do I apply for a resident parking permit?

Complete the permit interest form which will be submitted to the parking office. Providing you meet the criteria for a parking permit you will be sent an application form to complete and return. If you do not meet the criteria we will contact you and explain why.

Where do I send my completed permit application?

If you have already received your application form, please return the completed application with the following supporting documentation:

  • Proof of residency, showing your name and Guildford address. For example current utility bill, bank statement, tenancy agreement, council tax or mortgage statement

  • Vehicle registration showing your name, Guildford address and vehicle details (including registration and engine size). For example vehicle registration document (V5C) or insurance certificate.

Send your completed application form securely by post to Customer Services, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BB or by secure email to permits@guildford.gov.uk. Please note, we do not accept responsibility for documents in transit.

Change of details of a current resident parking permit

To change your existing resident parking permit, contact our customer services team at Millmead Council Offices (see Contact us for details) or download the PDF file in the downloads section of this page and fill in the replacement form. Return the form to the parking office with your current permit, together with the new vehicle registration document (V5C) stating your name and address.

Please be aware that when changing your permit there may be a refund or extra charge if the size of the engine or type of fuel used changes. If a resident's parking permit is lost and a duplicate required, there is a replacement charge of £15.

Guildford visitor permits

Who can apply for a visitor permit?

  • Any resident may buy residents' visitor permits. The permits are for use by visitors to your property who need to park for long periods, within the controlled parking zone. Visitor permits allow relatives, friends and tradespeople to park their vehicles near your home within allocated areas.

  • The visitor permits are similar to scratch cards, which must be displayed in the visitors' vehicles on arrival at the parking space.

How much does a visitor permit cost?

  • Visitor permits are £2 each and are valid for one day. You can buy up to 30 visitor permits, per household, per year, from 1 November to 31 October.

  • We may be able to offer additional permits, for example, if temporary building work is taking place. You need to show proof of the building work for each application.

How do I apply for visitor permits?

  • You are now able to have your visitor permits delivered - options below. To request your visitor permits please complete our online form. You will need to attach a proof of address, such as a recent utility bill showing both your name and the address where the permit is required, in order for this to be processed. If you hold a current resident's permit you do not need to provide proof of address, but instead must provide the permit number, which can be found on the front of the permit.
Delivery costs for visitor permits

How long will it take?

How much will it cost?

Class

Maximum of a 3 working day turnaround

This option is free of charge

2nd class standard or if 10+ permits signed for 2nd class 

Maximum of a 1 working day turn around - requests must be received by 1pm.

Paid for delivery, charges displayed below, per x5 permits.

X5: £1.84

X10: £1.84

X15: £2.21

X20: £2.21

X25: £2.60

X30: £2.60

1st class standard or 10+ permits signed for 1st class

These applications will be processed as priority.

 

  • A member of our Customer Services team will call for payment of the permits, and delivery if applicable. This service is operated Monday-Friday, applications will not be processed on weekends.
     
  • Please be aware that delivery is carried out by the Royal Mail. Guildford Borough Council are not responsible for any failed deliveries or lost post.
     

The address of Millmead Council Offices is Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BB. 

Opening hours are: Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. Payments are accepted at Reception until 4.45pm Monday to Thursday, and until 4.15pm on Fridays.