Parking permits – Lewes and Falmer


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Parking permit information for residents, workers, visitors and businesses, including how to buy a permit, where you can park and what the charges are.

You can apply for a permit online with NSL Apply and also find out more about how the permits work and the cost of them.

Step by step guide to NSL Apply.

Parking zones and hours of control

Lewes and Falmer parking zones

Lewes permit eligibility areas

  • Lewes town (zones B, C, D and HS) – 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday
  • Lewes town (zones A and G) – 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
  • Lewes zone E – 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday (some parts of zone E are Monday to Friday)
  • Falmer (zone F) – 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday, September to May, only.

Parking charges do not apply on public or bank holidays.

Residents and their visitors

Residents within the Lewes and Falmer controlled parking zone (CPZ) can buy up to two virtual permits that allow parking in the zone they live in. Permits are linked to the vehicle and will appear on the handheld computers used by civil enforcement officers.

A resident permit will only be issued if you are:

  • a permanent resident at an address within the CPZ
  • the registered keeper of the vehicle.

You will need to provide proof of this with your permit application. For a list of the documents we will accept please see resident permit proof of eligibility.

Residents can buy day permits for the zone they live in, for their visitors to use, even if they do not hold a resident parking permit themselves.

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Businesses can buy up to two permits that allow parking throughout the CPZ. Permits show the vehicle registration number and cannot be transferred.

A permit will only be issued if:

  • the business address is within the CPZ
  • the vehicle is essential for the running of the organisation.

Permits will not be issued to vehicles which exceed 3.2 metres overall height, 6.5 metres overall length and 5 tonnes gross weight.

Guidance notes

Lewes business parking permit

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Hotels and guest houses

Hotel guest permits allow overnight guests to park in the controlled parking zone (CPZ) during their stay. Permits should be purchased in advance by hotels and guest houses and issued to guests when required.

Guidance notes

Lewes hotel parking permit

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Healthcare workers and carers

Healthcare worker and carer permits are issued to doctors, nurses, midwives, health visitors, social workers and carers who provide services to clients in their homes in the CPZ.

Permits should be purchased in advance by the organisation providing the service and distributed to staff as required. Applications from individual members of staff will not be accepted.

Guidance notes

Lewes healthcare worker and carer permit

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Tradespeople and contractors

Tradespeople and contractors, like plumbers and electricians working in the CPZ can buy day permits. These allow you to park in all permit holder and shared use bays in all zones of the CPZ (including Falmer), with no time limit.

Guidance notes

Lewes trade permit

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Further information

For further information about permits, enforcement, and other general enquiries, please contact the parking team: