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Rural Controlled Parking Zone Review

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

We have been reviewing the current Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) restrictions in Higham, Meopham, Northfleet, Sole Street and St James’s Avenue over the last 18 months.

The CPZs will be replaced by new Permit Parking Area’s (PPAs) from Monday 22 March 2021. If you are within the current zones, you will have received a letter from us in mid-January to detail the changes being made in your zone.

What do I need to do?

The current CPZ waiver permits will not be valid from Monday 22 March 2021 and will be replaced with new PPA permits from this date. If you or your visitors need to park during the restricted times, you will need to ensure you have your new PPA permits for use from Monday 22 March 2021. Applications are being taken from Monday 01 February 2021 and to ensure you receive your permit in time the deadline to apply by is 10 March 2021. Please see the dropdowns below, advice depends on your current permit situation.

I do not have an existing CPZ waiver permit

From 01 February 2021, please visit our resident and visitor permit page to apply for new PPA permits. When applying, you will be prompted to choose a start date - please ensure you enter the start date as 22 March 2021. Resident, business and visitor permits are available and details on the permit limits and where permits are valid are provided once you search for your road.

I have an existing waiver permit that is due to expire before 30 April 2021

If your current CPZ waiver permit expires on or before 30 April 2021, you will need to apply for brand new PPA permits from 01 February 2021. Please visit our resident and visitor permit page to apply for new PPA permits. When applying, you will be prompted to choose a start date - please ensure you enter the start date as 22 March 2021. Resident, business and visitor permits are available and details on the permit limits and where permits are valid are provided once you search for your road.

I have an existing waiver permit that is due to expire after 01 May 2021

If your current CPZ waiver permit expires on 01 May 2021 or after please complete the application form sent with our letter in January 2021 and we will issue a new PPA permit valid for 12 months free of charge. As the current scheme does not have separate resident or visitor permits, when completing the form you have the option to choose whether you require a resident or visitor permit (or business permit where applicable) or both where the current limits already allow you to have two waiver permits. The paper application should only be used for these free replacement requests, any applications received that are not for replacements will not be processed and the applicant will be directed to apply online.

If you do not have this application, please email parking.permits@gravesham.gov.uk to request a copy.

FAQs

We have curated a list of Frequently Asked Questions below for additional guidance.

I have one current waiver permit that is due to expire before 30 April 2021 but require both a resident PPA and visitor PPA permit, what do I need to do?

You will need to apply for two new PPA permits. Please visit our permits page to apply for new PPA permits. When applying, you will be prompted to choose a start date - please ensure you enter the start date as 22 March 2021.

I have two current waiver permits that expire after 01 May 2021 and now require a resident PPA and visitor PPA permit, what do I need to do?

If your current CPZ waiver permit expires on 01 May 2021 or after please complete the application form sent with our letter in January 2021 and we will issue a new PPA permit valid for 12 months free of charge. If you do not have this application, please email parking.permits@gravesham.gov.uk to request a copy.

I have one current waiver permit that is due to expire after 01 May 2021 but require both a resident PPA and visitor PPA permit, what do I need to do?

You will need to apply for one free replacement and make one new application. For the replacement, please complete the application form sent with our letter in January 2021 and we will issue a new PPA permit valid for 12 months free of charge. On the application, you will need to indicate which permit type you would like the free replacement to be, for example a visitor PPA permit. If you do not have this application, please email parking.permits@gravesham.gov.uk to request a copy.

You will then need to apply for a new resident PPA permit via our permits page. Remember to choose the start date of Monday 22 March 2021.

My current permit expired in January 2021, how do I renew?

If you have a waiver permit that expired after 1 January 2021, you do not need to renew this. Please continue displaying this and our Civil Enforcement Officers will accept this as valid until 21 March 2021. From 01 February 2021, please visit our permit page to apply for your new PPA permit starting from Monday 22 March 2021.

I entered the incorrect start date when I applied online, can this be amended?

Unfortunately, we cannot amend a start date once you have entered it so please ensure the correct start date of Monday 22 March 2021 is entered.

We are a business that has a current waiver permit that expires after 01 May 2021, how do we replace this for a business PPA permit?

If your current CPZ waiver permit expires on 01 May 2021 or after please complete the application form sent with our letter in January 2021 and we will issue a new PPA permit valid for 12 months free of charge. As the current scheme does not have separate resident, business or visitor permits, when completing the form you have the option to indicate that a business permit is required.

When an employee leaves, can we transfer their business permit over to another member of staff?

Permits are not transferable between residents/employees and therefore the permit will need to be returned to Gravesham Borough Council and the new employee will need to apply for their own permit. If the previous employees permit is not returned prior to the new application, it will hinder and delay the new employee’s application.

Our property has no off-street parking available and we have two vehicles, how many permits can we apply for?

If your residential property has no off-street parking available, you will be entitled to two resident PPA permits plus one additional visitor permit. Please ensure you apply for the permits in the name of the person the vehicle is registered to. For example, if two residents of the same household have a vehicle registered in each name, you will need to apply for your own permits under your own applicant IDs.

The permit I hold expires after 01 May 2021 and was passed to me by the previous resident; do I still qualify for the free replacements?

When residents move from an address, any permits should be returned to Gravesham Borough Council. Permits are not transferable and so should not be passed onto the new residents. If the permits are not registered in your name, unfortunately you will not qualify for replacement permits - you will need to apply for a new permit/s via our permit page.

What documents do I need to provide?

Visitor PPA permits – Proof of residency dated within the last three months. (Proof can be in the form of utility bills, bank statements, tenancy agreements etc. - driving licences are not accepted as proof of residency)

Resident PPA permits – Proof of residency dated within the last three months (proof can be in the form of utility bills, bank statements, tenancy agreements etc. - driving licences are not accepted as proof of residency) along with a copy of your current V5C (log book) showing the vehicle is registered to you at the address you reside. For company issued vehicles, in place of the vehicle log book you will need to provide a typed, printed and recently dated letter from your employer, on company letter headed paper confirming the company vehicle details that have been issued.

Business PPA permits – Proof of employment in the form of a copy of a recent payslip (payment amounts can be blanked out) and a typed, printed and recently dated letter from your employer, on company letter headed paper confirming your employment, along with a copy of your current V5C (log book) showing the vehicle is registered to you. For company issued vehicles, in place of the vehicle log book you will need to provide a typed, printed and recently dated letter from your employer, on company letter headed paper confirming the company vehicle details that have been issued.

The documents required for each permit type are also detailed on our permits page and are also detailed on the replacement permit application.

I need to apply for a new permit but I do not have the facility to scan documents, what should I do?

If you do not have a scanner, you can take photos on a Smart Phone/Tablet to upload during the process. If you do not have this facility either, you can still complete the online application without uploading any documents (they are not mandatory within the online form) and send copies to Parking Services, Gravesham Borough Council, Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 1AU.

Alternatively, you may have a friend or family member that you trust with your personal details that could assist with the application and uploading/scanning/copying any documents. Please ensure that you are following any Government issued pandemic related guidelines when asking friends or family to assist.

For residential properties - if you are listed on council tax, this can be checked and accepted as residency proof, removing the need to provide any documents to prove residency. For visitor permits, this means no additional residency proof will be needed and for resident permits, only vehicle documentation will be needed.

I am listed on council tax; can this be accepted as residency proof?

Yes, if the person detailed on the applicant ID is listed on council tax we can accept this as residency proof. When applying, simply do not upload any residency proof and council tax records can be checked.

Do I have an applicant ID? How can I find this?

If you have an existing waiver permit, you will have an applicant ID. For Data Protection reasons, this is not printed on your actual permit, but will be quoted on the letter that the permit was sent with. If you no longer have this, please email parking.permits@gravesham.gov.uk to check this. This inbox is monitored daily from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Please be aware, we cannot share an applicant ID with you if it is not in your name.

How long do permits take?

We aim to process all applications within five working days. All permits are sent via first class post but we are aware that during the current pandemic that there may be some postal delays. If you have not received your permit within 10 working days of applying, please email parking.permits@gravesham.gov.uk. This inbox is monitored daily from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Please remember that the latest date to apply is Wednesday 10 March 2021.

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