New one-hour parking trial

In response to feedback from residents parking zone permit holders, Bath & North East Somerset Council is introducing a one hour minimum stay for visitor parking from Monday July 1 2013 for a three month trial.

images-3A new permit system was introduced in March 2013 to make the system of resident permits easier and more convenient, particularly through using digital technology. Part of this system was adopting a minimum four hour visitor stay. After collecting data for an initial period, the Council now better understands the level of demand likely if the scheme adopted a one hour minimum stay.

Councillor Caroline Roberts (Lib-Dem, Newbridge), Cabinet Member for Transport, said, “This Council listens to local people when they have concerns and the feedback that we received about the new system was very positive except for the minimum four hour visitor stay.

“To address this concern, the Council has worked hard to gather data that previously was not available to better understand what the level of demand would be for a one hour minimum stay.

This will now be reintroduced just like the previous system whilst still making the significant savings the change of system offers. I anticipate that this change will be warmly welcomed and look forward to the results of the three month trial.”

How the new system works

  • The changes mean that when using the system residents can activate a stay either online or via text in 1 hour blocks by simply selecting or sending the required number of hours needed;
  • Daily paper permits remain unaffected by this change.

For more information


Information, including an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions, is available at

Or people can call Parking Services directly on 01225 477133 or 477134 or email