Resident parking

Although the reception desk at Trafford Town Hall has now reopened for some visitors, the Parking Services Department is still operating from home and is unable to offer a face-to-face service.

How to apply

For all permit applications, we require the following:

For annual resident permits
  • V5 or 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 3 months. See the relevant form below 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 3 months. See the relevant form below for details

To help us reduce processing times, please ensure you send the correct supporting documents in one email only (where applicable). Allow 7 days for processing as a minimum once the correct documents have been emailed, please allow 10 – 14 days to process paper applications submitted.

By email

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

By post

  • Download, print and complete the relevant form below
  • 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
  • Once we have approved your application, we will issue and post your permit to you by first class post

Application forms

What is a resident parking scheme?

A resident parking scheme is where a resident in a specific area, street, estate or geographical location must apply to the Council 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 which might benefit from the introduction of residents parking schemes where 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 (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 the Council is displayed by the vehicle.

Should a permit scheme be introduced an annual cost would be required for the permit. If a property has off-road parking, then one permit would be eligible and should a property does not have off-road parking then two permits can be purchased. Books of daily visitor permits are also usually available.

Permits are normally only issued to residents living on a street within the zone and are under the control of, and issued at, the discretion of the Council. 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 these offer no priority to the residents affected – both residents and non-residents would be equally affected by any such restrictions.

Proposed schemes 2018-20

Details about proposed schemes, including plans of the areas and lists of the streets being considered. Residents can complete a questionnaire and a list of frequently asked questions are available.

Advantages and disadvantages

There are several advantages and disadvantages of resident parking schemes.