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Traders permit

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.

Traders Permits can be applied for by traders working within the Controlled Parking Zones who own a vehicle which is required to carry out the running of the business and to those businesses that require constant access to a delivery vehicle throughout the day.

A permit cannot be issued for the use of occasional loading or unloading activities as this may take place at any time providing that the vehicle is not causing an obstruction or parked in a prohibited area.

Other traders or those in the service sector are not entitled to a permit and should seek alternative parking i.e. pay and display/voucher parking bays, Dispensations Notices or Resident Visitor Permits.

Apply for or renew a traders permit

We are no longer selling or renewing permits at East Pallant House. If you visit the council offices, you will be asked to apply online. Some customers may not have access to online services. If you do not have access, we will provide paper applications and help. Customers can contact our Customer Services Team on 01243 534500 for advice.

Please visit Digital Controlled Parking Zones for further information.

ZonesApply for or renew a traders permitWhat type of permit will I receive?
A, E, F, G, H, H2, J, K, L, M, N, O and SApply for or renew a traders permit (opens new window)

A digital permit. A notification email will be sent when the permit is active, only then can you use your digital  permit. There is nothing to display in the vehicle when using digital permits

Traders permits cost

Cost of a Traders Permit Traders permit costs

Residents parking zone

Annual charge

Six month charge

Operational Times

E, F, G,  H, K, L, O£233£12309:00 - 17:00

J, M, S



09:00 - 21:00

H2 and N (part day)



10:00 - 11:00 & 14:00 - 15:00

A (part day)£128£6809:00 - 10:00 & 13:00 - 14:00

Supporting information

What evidence will I need to provide for a permit?

In order that your application can be considered, please provide the following evidence:

  • Details and proof of the operational need on letter headed paper
  • Business Rates bill, Tenancy Agreement/Lease of trade premises

We can accept evidence in PDF format, or a clear photograph of the documents can be uploaded.

Please remember that without the information above we may not be able to process your application. The council reserve the right to refuse an application.

Using a Traders permit

Please ensure you read and agree to the Traders Permit terms and conditions.

  • A Traders permit can be used in any vacant on-street resident parking bay or shared use parking bay within the zone. It does not guarantee a space and does not allocate a specific space.
  • Up to 3 registrations can be logged against a digital permit. Only one vehicle can be active on the permit at one time.
  • Failure to park in accordance with the West Sussex County Council Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) or to comply with the Terms and Conditions of your permit may result in a Penalty Charge Notice being issued. Please go to the West Sussex website to view the TRO.
  • If the council suspects that the permit is being misused, it reserves the right to withdraw or cancel a permit at any time.

Changing of registration / Adding additional vehicle registrations / Lost permits

Where a permit change is required, you will need to provide evidence to support your application.

Digital permit holders

To apply to have a vehicle registration changed on an existing digital permit please visit  MiPermit (opens new window) and click on Permit Vehicle Registration Changes.

Paper permit holders 

As customers are moving over to digital on-street permits, any changes to a paper permit will require a refund. This refund application will be for any whole months left remaining. A new application must be made through  MiPermit (opens new window).

Note that any change requests made will need to be approved by the Parking Services team, please take into account:

  • When your permit change request has been approved you will receive an email notification.
  • The permit holder must allow at least 3 working days for these requests to be processed and also consider council opening hours, Bank and Public holidays.
  • Whilst your permit is being updated, you will need to find alternative parking.

Traders permit refunds

Digital permit holders

To request a refund for all digital permits please contact MiPermit (opens new window)  or call them on 0345 520 7007.

Paper permit holders

To request a refund for all paper permits, 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. These can be printed out.

Refund form 2022 (Word doc) [36KB]