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Virtual estate permits

As from 22 July 2020, all Southwark owned estate permits will become virtual. You will no longer receive a paper permit to display. Enforcement officers will be able to confirm if you have a valid permit from our new parking system.

To apply for a permit, you will need to set up a online account .

Estate parking terms and conditions

Following the introduction of the permit scheme which was introduced on the 3 June 1996, they are tends to be a plethora of questions, most of which we hope that you will find the answers to on reading further.

Tenants understand that the increasing use of cars is creating environmental, health and safety problems on many housing estates. Many estates were built before motor vehicles became a common form of transport and there is often no space for cars to be parked. However, we are committed to making Southwark a greener and cleaner place, so we must place controls on the access and use of cars on housing estates. The conditions of tenancy contains rules about car parking.

The Parking Scheme will help to reduce health and safety risk and the large volume of abandoned vehicles which litter our estates.  The council is keen to promote safe parking and a cleaner environment for residents.  We believe that if a vehicle is seen to be in a dangerous or abandoned state, to either contact the enforcement team or the estates parking team, as one bad vehicle removed from the estate, makes way for a resident who genuinely requires a space to park.

This could also be said for vehicles that are parked for a long duration of time on the estates without the required credentials. The residents have the right to contact us and we will endeavor to visit the location in question and enforce where necessary.

The rules about parking on Housing estates are different from the public roads. However, the rules about driving speeds and safe driving still apply. We have developed the parking schemes on individual estates after consulting tenant representatives. These local parking schemes set out where tenants can park and mark out areas of land where cars should not be parked. The areas where cars should not park are usually marked with yellow lines and cross hatched yellow lines. 

As the council is responsible for delivering housing services to its tenants and leaseholders, we have to be seen as delivering the best service possible and declutter the estates from vehicles posing a health and safety risk, being abandoned and have no documents to substantiate its parking on the estate.

Page last updated: 24 July 2020

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