Guildford resident and visitor parking

We provide a number of permit only spaces in Guildford for use by residents and their visitors during the day. Find out how to apply for your resident and visitor parking permits.

Between certain hours, only permit holders can park in the resident permit only spaces.

Signs in the streets where this system is in operation will state these times, which are known as 'controlled hours'.

This means that most of the on-street parking is controlled during the hours 8.30am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, including public/bank holidays. However, in Dene Road, Denmark Road, Eastgate Gardens, Bury Fields, Millmead Terrace, Lawn Road and Bury Street the charging hours are 8.30am to 9pm seven days a week. There are also a number of bays where you may park without a permit for 2 or 4 hours (depending on the zone). In the inner town centre, there are three types of bays:

  • Pay-and-display only bays.

  • Dual-use bays, both for pay-and-display and permit-holders.

  • Permit-holder only bays.

Who can apply for a resident parking permit?

  • Households with no off-street parking facilities can buy up to two resident parking permits each year.

  • Households with one off-street space (for example, in a garage or on a drive) and at least two vehicles at that property can buy one resident parking permit each year.

  • Residents in the inner town centre (Zone D) can only buy one permit in that zone. However, they can buy a second permit in a neighbouring zone.  You will never be allowed two permits within the same zone.

  • As there is a waiting list for Zone D permits, residents are usually offered a permit in an adjacent area. Your request must be put in writing to go on the waiting list.

  • A second permit will be issued only once the first permit-holder has reached the top of the waiting list and been offered a Zone D permit.

Resident permit holders clearly displaying a valid Area D permit, are permitted to park free of charge after 6pm Monday to Saturday and after 5pm on Sundays, until the start of the daytime charges on the following day, in Guildford Borough Council's Pay and Display Car Parks.

How much does a resident parking permit cost?

  • One resident's permit costs £50 each year.

  • A second resident's permit costs a further £80 each year.

Discounts are given if the vehicle is under 1200cc or powered by an alternative fuel source; further details on application.

The permits are valid from 1 October to 30 September. We will charge you on a pro rata basis for any permits you buy during the year.

How do I apply for a resident parking permit?

Complete the permit interest form which will be submitted to the parking office. Providing you meet the criteria for a parking permit you will be sent an application form to complete and return. If you do not meet the criteria we will contact you and explain why.

Where do I send my completed permit application?

If you have already received your application form, please return the completed application with the following supporting documentation:

  • Proof of residency, showing your name and Guildford address. For example current utility bill, bank statement, tenancy agreement, council tax or mortgage statement

  • Vehicle registration showing your name, Guildford address and vehicle details (including registration and engine size). For example vehicle registration document (V5C) or insurance certificate.

Send your completed application form securely by post to Customer Services, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BB or by secure email to Please note, we do not accept responsibility for documents in transit.

Change of details of a current resident parking permit

To change your existing resident parking permit, contact our customer services team at Millmead Council Offices (see Contact us for details) or download the PDF file in the downloads section of this page and fill in the replacement form. Return the form to the parking office with your current permit, together with the new vehicle registration document (V5C) stating your name and address.

Please be aware that when changing your permit there may be a refund or extra charge if the size of the engine or type of fuel used changes. If a resident's parking permit is lost and a duplicate required, there is a replacement charge of £15.



Guildford visitor permits

Who can apply for a visitor permit?

  • Any resident may buy residents' visitor permits. The permits are for use by visitors to your property who need to park for long periods, within the controlled parking zone. Visitor permits allow relatives, friends and tradespeople to park their vehicles near your home within allocated areas.

  • The visitor permits are similar to scratch cards, which must be displayed in the visitors' vehicles on arrival at the parking space.

How much does a visitor permit cost?

  • Visitor permits are £2 each and are valid for one day. You can buy up to 30 visitor permits, per household, per year, from 1 November to 31 October.

  • We may be able to offer additional permits, for example, if temporary building work is taking place. You need to show proof of the building work for each application.

How do I apply for visitor permits?

  • You can buy visitor permits at Millmead council offices. Payment is by debit/credit card and a recent proof of residence is needed each time. This can be a utility bill or an official statement, which must be dated within the last three months.

  • To speed up the process, download and fill out our icon visitor permit application form [73.73KB]  and bring it to Millmead Council Offices.

  • Refunds or exchanges cannot be given for unused visitor permits.

The address of Millmead Council Offices is Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BB. 

Opening hours are: Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. Payments are accepted at Reception until 4.45pm Monday to Thursday, and until 4.15pm on Fridays.