Essential user parking permits
You can get an essential user parking permit if you work for or are connected to a health service, Redbridge Council, The Metropolitan Police or fire service.
Permits are available for 12 months and cost £300.
To apply for an essential user parking permit you must follow these steps:
Step 1: Prove your eligibility
To prove your eligibility for an essential user permit we need:
Proof of employment
A letter on headed stationery from your employer confirming employment and that the vehicle is for essential business use.
Proof of vehicle ownership
If you are the registered owner, please provide a photocopy of one of the following documents as proof of ownership. The document must clearly show your name, address and registration number:
- vehicle registration document
- valid certificate of insurance and policy schedule with your name as the main policyholder
- a sales invoice for the vehicle
If you are not the registered owner of the vehicle, please provide a photocopy of one of the following documents as proof that you have the right to use the vehicle:
- signed and dated letter from your employer (if using company car) stating that you are an employee of the company and
- vehicle registration number and address where the vehicle will be kept
- a copy of the logbook and lease agreement showing the vehicle is registered to that company
- hiring or leasing agreement
- a valid certificate of insurance/policy schedule
Photocopies must be clear. If the information cannot be read, it may delay your application.
Step 2: Complete a permit application form
The application form pack includes guidance on how to complete the application form and how to use your permit. You should read this information thoroughly before you complete the application form.
You can also get an application form by calling our parking information line on 0208 708 3636.
Step 3: Submit your permit application form
Return the completed form, payment and evidence by post or book an appointment to visit in person at:
Parking Management (Permits)
255-259 High Road
Your application will be processed within 10 working days, you will receive your permit in the post.
Renewals or replacement
If a permit has been lost then a new application will have to be made and you will be charged the full permit rate.
If a permit has been stolen, you must provide us with a copy of the confirmation letter received from the police station/Crime Management Unit relating to the crime. We will then give you a replacement permit. The replacement permit will show the same expiry date as your previous permit. There is a £20 charge to replacement permits to cover our costs.
Change of details
If you have moved, changed your name or have a new vehicle you need to inform us:
If you are changing your vehicle you must return your current permit along with the change of details form.
To cancel and get a refund on your permit you must complete a refund form (PDF 153KB) and return your permit to parking management:
Parking Management (permits)
255-259 High Road
We will issue a cheque refund for any time remaining on the permit, minus a £20 admin fee.