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.

Apply for a Resident Visitor Permit (RVP)

ZonesApply for a Resident Vistor PermitWhat type of permit will I receive?
A or S Apply for a Resident Visitor Permit

A digital permit. A notification email will be sent when the permit is active. There is nothing to display in the vehicle when using digital permits

F, G, H, H2, J, K, L, M, N and OApply for a Resident Visitor PermitPaper permits. Permit books will be posted when an application has been reviewed and authorised.

Every application is reviewed by the council and this process can take up to 5 working days.

On-street parking is limited and therefore the sale of permits is monitored carefully. There are restrictions to the number being sold. The council may reduce or limit Resident Visitor Permits if usage is too high.

Resident Visitor Permit costs

Type of Resident Visitor Permit 



Maximum purchase per month 12 Hour zone (zones J, M & S)

Maximum purchase per month 8 Hour zone (zones F, G, H, K, L & O)

Max purchase per month in 2 hour Zone (zones A, H2 & N)

Valid for zones

2 Hourly

1 book of 10 permits


7 Books

5 Books

1 Book

A, F, G, H, H2, J, K, L, M, N, O, S


1 book of 5 permits


2 Books

2 Books


F, G, H, K, L,O

Daily1 book of 5 permits


2 BooksN/AN/AJ, M, S


1 permit (sold singly)


2 Permits

2 Permits


F, G, H, K, L,O


 1 permit (sold singly)£16.202 PermitsN/AN/AJ, M, S

The council will consider issuing weekly permits to customers who are on a parking waiting list. The council will monitor the sale of RVP's to ensure that these are not being used as an alternative to Resident Permits.

Supporting information

Who can buy resident visitor permits?

Resident Visitor Permits are available for residents in zones A, F, G, H, H2, J, K, L, M, O and S. Permits are unavailable for the city centre, which is zone E.

In order to apply for Resident Visitor Permits, we will require:

  • you must be a full time resident at a property within a zone
  • You must provide proof of residency

Not every property which appears to be within a Controlled Parking Zone is eligible for parking permits. For example, Multiple Occupancy Developments or properties which have been re-developed do not automatically qualify for Resident Visitor Permits.

Resident Visitor Permits are also available for property owners and landlords who are required to visit properties to undertaking repairs.

In order to apply for Resident Visitor Permits, we require:

  •  evidence that you own the property, or;
  • documentation confirming the landlord status

We may also ask what the nature of the visits to the property relate to. Landlords are advised to contact Parking Services so that records relating to the property can be updated to reflect that permits can be purchased by a person who is not living at the property.

How to use a Resident Visitor Permit

Residents and their visitors should ensure they have read the conditions of their RVPs. These contain important information about the permits and how to use them.

  • If you are using paper permits in Zones F, G, H, H2, J, K, L, M, N and O, you can use the scratch off panels (Day, Month, Hour, Minutes, Year) to mark the correct details on the permit and display it clearly in the visitor's vehicle. If your visitor needs to park for longer, they can display more than one permit and identical details should be marked on each.
  • If you have purchased digital permits in Zones A and S, you can log into your MiPermit account and use the 'Activate Your Permit' button to enter the registration of the visitor's vehicle, select the relevant options and then activate the permit.
  • A resident visitor permit can be used in any vacant on-street resident / permit holder parking bay or shared use parking bay within a particular zone. A permit does not guarantee a space and parking may not be found in the same road as a resident's property.
  • Controlled Parking Zones are indicated through signage and sometimes road markings too so we always advise to check these prior to parking.
  • In 2 hour Zones, such as A, H2 and N, one permit will cover both the morning and afternoon restriction.
  • It is important that visitors or tradespeople using the permits have been fully informed how to use them by reading the terms and conditions.
  • Misuse of the permits or failure to display them correctly may result in a Penalty Charge Notice being issued.
Collecting Resident Visitor Permits

In certain circumstances we can organise for customers to collect permits. Identification will need to be supplied, and we will need to confirm we have received the correct proof of residency and payment.

If you would like another person to collect permits on your behalf, please bring your proof of residency and a letter of authorisation. The letter must authorise the collection of these permits.

Resident Visitor Permit refunds

Zone A and S refunds

To request a refund for zones A and S please contact   MiPermit online   or call them on 0345 520 7007.

Zone E, F, G, H, H2, J, K, L, M, N and O refunds

To request a refund for zones E, F, G, H, H2, J, K, L, M, N and O, the permit must be returned to Parking Services. Refunds can only be issued for the remaining full months of the Permit and at a minimum of £10.00. This will be payable by BACS transfer to the original payment card and a refund form must be filled out. If the refund needs to be transferred to a different card please fill in this section on the refund form.