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West Sussex County Council is the authority responsible for on-street parking provision. Parking Services at Chichester District Council process and issue permits on their behalf.

Trades people dispensation notices

Chichester District Council issue dispensation notices on behalf of West Sussex County Council. The purpose of these is to help ensure that trades people who carry out work across the district can carry out their work safely whilst causing minimal disruption.

A maximum of two active dispensations notices are permitted at an address at any one time and dispensation notices are only issued for legitimate works to enable a vehicle to park near to particular property, providing close access to tools and equipment that cannot easily be removed from the vehicle or where the vehicle itself is needed in order to carry out a function e.g. as a mobile power source for other equipment. Dispensations also provide permitted parking to authorised persons carrying out work in particular agreed circumstances, such as estate agents.

In some cases it may be more convenient and cheaper to use residents' visitors permits purchased by the owner of the property in which the work is being undertaken.

When purchasing 6 days, we will give you the seventh day free. Dispensation notices are available to use from Monday to Saturday, including Bank Holidays and can be requested for a maximum duration of 1 month.

Dispensations are issued at the discretion of the council. They can be withdrawn at any time if they are not being used for their declared purpose, or for breaching the terms and conditions of use.

Where can a dispensation be used?

A dispensation notice request can be granted to undertake planned works at premises adjacent to parking restrictions. Dispensation notices can be used in:

  • Permit Holder bays
  • Pay and Display bays
  • Shared use bays

A dispensation notice will only be granted where it is essential that the vehicle is parked close to the property in order to carry out works, and the impact on other road users, businesses or pedestrians, is kept to a minimum.

Yellow line or limited waiting area dispensations

Additional checks will need to be undertaken where Dispensations are requested for areas where yellow line restrictions are in place. Only in exceptional circumstances will this be granted.

Cost of a dispensation

Outside the Controlled Parking Zones:

Cost of a dispensation Cost of a dispensation outside controlled parking zones cost
Dispensation Notice£13.00 Per day/£78.00 Per Week

Within the Controlled Parking Zones:

Cost of City Centre dispensation Cost of dispensation City Centre within controlled parking zones costs


Dispensation Notice

£20.00 Per day/£120.00 Per week

*City Centre

£20.00 Per day/£120.00 Per week

The roads in the *City centre are:

  • Baffins Lane,
  • Chapel Street,
  • East Street,
  • Guildhall Street,
  • North Pallant,
  • North Street,
  • North Walls,
  • Priory Road,
  • The Providence,
  • St Cyriacs,
  • St John's Street,
  • St Martin's Square,
  • St Peter's,
  • Tower Close,
  • Tower Street,
  • West Pallant,
  • West Street, and;
  • The Woolstaplers.

Applying for a dispensation

To apply for and purchase a Dispensation Notice please visit MiPermit online (opens new window). It is also possible to call MiPermit 0345 520 7007 for assistance if you have no internet access. The information we will need includes:

  • Required start and end date of the dispensation
  • Location/address of works
  • Vehicle registration mark of the trades vehicle
  • Name of the company applying for dispensation
  • Details of work taking place

Please note that a Dispensation Notice needs to be applied for at least 24 hours before the Dispensation is due to go live and council opening hours should be taken into consideration when waiting for an approval.

Once we have received your application, this will be reviewed and you will receive notification by email to let you know whether it has been accepted. If approved, a Dispensation Notice will become active on the chosen date from the point of approval.

If it is required for emergency work, please apply and then call our customer services team on 01243 534500 to ensure it is reviewed as soon as possible.

Please do not park before your Dispensation Notice has been approved and make sure you read all the information and terms and conditions when applying.

Using the dispensation notice

In order to use the Dispensation Notice, it must be authorised and valid. Because Dispensations are now digital, there is nothing to display in the vehicle as all the information is held against the vehicle registration. Each dispensation is unique and therefore should be displayed as instructed and readily available for Civil Enforcement Officers to check if required. It is possible to change the registration which is logged against the dispensation providing this vehicle is being used for the same purpose. To change a vehicle registration, customers can log into the MiPermit account, click to 'Manage Digital Permits', locate the dispensation and edit the registration. It is also possible to call MiPermit 0345 520 7007 for assistance.

Failure to use the Dispensation Notice correctly or to comply with the Terms and Conditions may result in a Penalty Charge Notice being issued. Dispensations are monitored by Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council.

Who does not need a dispensation notice?

Existing exemptions for contractors on emergency call outs for gas, water or sewerage leaks, glazing repairs or mains electrical repairs are unaffected. In emergency repair situations a notice on business headed paper stating where you are working and your contact details must be displayed. Statutory undertakers and utility company vehicles parked within the works area are also exempt from requiring dispensations however, only throughout the duration of the works. Please remember that as soon as the emergency has been taken care of, the vehicles are no longer exempt from the restrictions.

Loading and unloading

It is not necessary to apply for a dispensation notice for the purpose of loading and unloading as it is acceptable to load and unload from Permit Holder bays, Pay and Display bays, Limited Waiting bays and yellow line restrictions providing the activity is continuous. We recommend that items/tools should be unloaded prior to the work taking place and the vehicle then relocated.