Resident parking

The Parking Services Department is not currently operating a face-to-face service. For any permit queries, email parkingpermits@trafford.gov.uk and a member of the team will respond as soon as possible.

Permit prices increase each April. The cost for an annual permit is £51.50 and visitor card books are £13.50.

How to apply

For all permit applications, we require the following:

For annual resident permits

  • Current vehicle insurance document which must show your name and address within the scheme.
  • Proof of residency which must show your name and address within the scheme and be dated within the last three months. See the relevant form for details

For visitor permits only

  • Proof of residency which must show your name and address within the scheme and be dated within the last three months. See the relevant form for details

To help us reduce processing times, ensure you send the correct supporting documents in one email only (where applicable).

Once the correct documents have been emailed allow seven days, as a minimum, for processing. For paper applications, allow 10 - 14 days to process.

By email

  1. Download and complete the relevant form
  2. Send the completed form, and relevant supporting documents, in one email to parkingpermits@trafford.gov.uk. Add the first line of your address in the subject line
  3. Once we have approved your application, we will email you a link to make payment (where required)
  4. When your payment is confirmed, we will issue and post your permit to you by first class post

By post

  1. Download, print and complete the relevant form
  2. Post the completed form, and copies of the relevant supporting documents with a cheque for the applicable amount, to Parking Services, Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road, Stretford M32 0TH
  3. Once we have approved your application, we will issue and post your permit to you by first class post

Application forms

About resident parking schemes

A resident parking scheme is where a resident in a specific area, street, estate or geographical location must apply to us for a permit to park their car, or the car of a visitor, in a designated space. It may also be considered to include waiting restrictions, limited waiting places or a mixture.

While there is no right to park on the highway, the primary purpose being for the passage of vehicles, there are often several residential areas that might benefit from the introduction of residents parking schemes. Especially when such parking would not interfere with the primary purpose of the highway.

In some of the areas the parking might prevent residents who have no off-street facility such as a forecourt, drive, garage etc. finding a parking space reasonably close to their home. On-street parking problems are generally created by shoppers or commuters.

It is possible to give priority to residents by introducing a resident permit holder only parking scheme, and defining various parts of the highway where parking may be permitted, only if a valid permit issued by us is displayed in the vehicle.

Should a permit scheme be introduced an annual cost would be required for the permit. Eligibility for parking permits is determined prior to the introduction of a permit scheme for all residential properties in place at that time.

The criteria for permit eligibility at the introduction of a permit scheme is:

  • existing properties with off street parking are eligible for one annual permit per household, plus visitor cards
  • existing properties with no off street parking are eligible for two annual permits, per household, plus visitor cards
  • existing flats/apartments/businesses are not considered to be eligible for permits or visitor cards unless it is deemed appropriate when designing the scheme, before implementation. Any properties that are converted to residential/any new properties built within any existing permit scheme will not be entitled to permits or visitor cards.

Permits are only available to residents living permanently at an eligible property in a scheme. All existing schemes operate in this way with provision for residents generally being within permit holder only or shared use bays. Shared use bays provide facilities for permit holders but can also all provide limited waiting at other times, providing flexibility and utilising available highway space when residents are at work.

Permit schemes may operate differently depending on the location.

Traditional Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) are used to alleviate any access, road safety or environmental problems associated with high levels of parking. But, they offer no priority to the residents affected. Both residents and non-residents would be equally affected by any such restrictions.