Types of permit
Access is allowed every day from 6pm to 9.30am, except Thursdays, when access is allowed from 8pm to 9.30am.
Access is allowed at any time when vehicles where the need for a vehicle is essential to undertake immediate works or activities to prevent danger or damage to either the public or the highway.
Each permit costs £33 a week or £110 for a year.
Your permit will not be activated until it has been successfully approved. Please allow up to two working days for your change of vehicle request to be processed. Even though you have applied for permit, you still cannot park until you have received a permit activation email notification. Once your permit has been activated the vehicle details are securely stored so our patrol officers can check a vehicle has a valid permit on their handheld computers. This is a virtual permit so there is nothing to display in your vehicle.
Terms and conditions
- A general access permit only allows vehicle access to the Pedestrian Zone every day from 6pm to 9.30am, except Thursdays, when access is allowed from 8pm to 9.30am.
- An emergency access permit allows vehicle access to the Pedestrian Zone at any time where the need for a vehicle is essential to undertake immediate works or activities to prevent danger or damage to either the public or the highway.
- Public liability insurance (minimum of £5,000,000) must be in place to cover any vehicle entering the Pedestrian Zone.
- The un-laden weight of the vehicle cannot exceed 7.5 tonnes unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Council.
- The vehicle must at all times be roadworthy with valid road tax, insurance and MOT.
- Vehicles must only use New George Street via Raleigh Street as the access and egress route to the Pedestrian Zone unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Council.
- Vehicles used outside of the general access times (6pm to 9.30am, except Thursdays, when access is allowed from 8pm to 9.30am) must be always supervised by a banksman and with written authority from 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 must 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.
- The vehicle must not cause an obstruction or danger to pedestrians.
- Vehicles used for the purpose of loading or unloading should commence the activity immediately upon arrival within the Pedestrian Zone and should then leave the Pedestrian Zone as soon as loading or unloading is complete. Parking will not be tolerated at any time.
- Pedestrian zone permits remain the property of the council at all times, are non-transferable, not refundable and not for resale.
- 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 2018 and the EU General Data Protection Regulation. 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.