Pedestrian zone

You need a permit to park within the pedestrian zone in the city centre.

Types of permit

General access

Access is allowed every day from 6pm to 9.30am, except Thursdays, when access is allowed from 8pm to 9.30am.

Emergency access

Access is allowed at any time when vehicles are essential in an emergency. An emergency is a situation that could result in a threat to life, health and safety or access to facilities or utilities.

 Pedestrian zone map [PDF, 339KB]

Cost

Each permit costs £30 a week or £100 for a year.

Apply or change vehicle

Terms and conditions

  • Public liability insurance (minimum of £5,000,000) must be in place to cover any vehicle entering the pedestrian zone.
  • The vehicle must be roadworthy with valid road tax, insurance and MOT.
  • The un-laden weight of the vehicle cannot exceed 7.5 tonnes unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Council.
  • Vehicle speed must not exceed 10mph while traveling in the Pedestrian Zone. Pedestrians always have the right-of-way. Look out for children who may behave unpredictably.
  • Vehicles should not travel in reverse gear, or perform u-turns, unless the activity is supervised by a banksman at an appropriate speed and in a controlled manner.
  • Vehicles must only use the access and egress routes advised by the Council.
  • Vehicles used outside of the general access times must be supervised at all times by a banksman and with written authority from the Council.
  • It is the permit holder’s responsibility to ensure their vehicle is legally parked at all times and never be parked in such a way as to cause an obstruction or danger to pedestrians.
  • Pedestrian zone permits are non-refundable and not transferable.
  • For the purpose of audit a permit holder may be asked to produce documentary evidence at a later date to demonstrate their eligibility.
  • Plymouth City Council will process all information in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998. The authority will use any data collected for the purpose of processing and validating the relevant permit and other associated purposes. We are required by law to protect the public funds we administer. We may share/check this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud. These bodies include other council departments, other public authorities and other enforcement agencies.