Resident Parking

Cardiff Council recognises that cars are an important mode of transport to many people, and a vital one for some.

Parking is increasingly hard to find where the number of households with access to two or more vehicles is rising. This is most noticeable for people who live in areas with terraced housing, usually built when car ownership was very low.

Where are Residential Parking schemes installed?

Resident Parking schemes are usually found in places where most residents have no option other than to park their vehicles on-street, and where the typical parking levels throughout the week show that demand is high. It’s also important to make sure that space is provided for people who need to park without a permit, for people who live in properties that are not eligible for a permit, and for those who choose not to buy one.

Residential areas close to shops and facilities can sometimes experience high levels of demand at certain times. The Council has to balance the needs of residents with the need to keep local businesses and facilities accessible to customers, both those who live nearby and those who travel from further afield.

How do they work?

Cardiff Council provides resident parking schemes to assist residents in being able to park reasonably close to their homes. Resident schemes do not guarantee space outside a residence and bays are spread as evenly as possible throughout a street.

Resident Parking Bays are solely for use by residents and their visitors who have valid parking permits. They usually operate every day between set hours which will be displayed on signs near to the bays. Standard hours are 8am – 10pm.

Schemes are not used to remove non-resident parking where there is no underlying parking pressure. Most schemes are found in streets of terraced housing where space outside properties is already tight. 

High car ownership by residents can result in there not enough space for everyone to park. This is especially true at times of raised parking demand, for example in the evenings and at weekends. Residential parking schemes cannot resolve this issue.

How do I use the scheme?

Residents who want to park in resident bays need to purchase a parking permit. This will state the street you will be allowed to park in, which will usually be your street of residence. 

Where a residence has off-street parking facilities resident permits will not usually be issued. One visitor permit will be available to these residences.

These are available from the Council and the current charges are:

Permit TypeNumber permittedAnnual Cost

Resident 1st permit£7.50

2nd permit£30

Visitor1 permit only£30

Visitor Only1 permit only£7.50(where no resident permit needed)

Permit Terms and Conditions:

The Council reserves the right to cancel or withdraw parking permits if it is proven that the permits have been obtained fraudulently or that they are being misused.    

Resident parking permits are only issued to bona fide residents of existing and long established residential properties which are part of a residential parking permit scheme. However, where properties have been or are being converted or newly built, occupants are not entitled to a permit. 

This generally supports the planning conditions imposed on new builds or conversions and is in line with earlier Council practice. In September 2011 this was included in the Council's formal Policy.

There is a limit of two resident permits per qualifying household, and one visitor permit.

You can apply for a permit here.

Does the Council have any policies I can read?

The Council has detailed policies to ensure that the way resident parking schemes are considered is fair. These policies support the Council’s Parking Strategy (2016). You can read these policies here.

Where can I find more information?

More information is available from the Council’s website.