Business parking permits

If you run a registered business from a commercial address in Newham you may qualify for a business permit if you use your vehicle for business purposes.

Business permits cannot be issued to foreign registered vehicles.

Applications for business & charity business permits can only be made from a “non-residential” Newham address. If the permit application address is a residential premises the application will not be allowed.

Business permits cannot  be issued if the business address being used to make the application is subject to planning regulations which stipulate that business permits  cannot be issued. These premises are commonly known as car free developments

This virtual permit allows you to park in permit holder only bays and shared use bays within any residential and industrial parking zone.

Emissions based charging costs will be applied to business permits. Any emissions based charging and/or additional permit costs will be calculated automatically when applying for your online permit. Find out more about the new emissions based costs.

If your vehicle is a Hybrid (both electric & fuel driven) any permit charge will be based on the CO2 emissions data which is stated on the vehicles V5C document ( log book). If CO2 information is not stated on the vehicles V5C then permit charging will be based on the vehicles fuel engine size.  

Business permits are not valid for vehicles which exceed 2.3m in height and/or 5.3m in length. It is solely the responsibility of the business permit applicant to ensure that the vehicle for which they are applying for a permit does not exceed these dimensions. If any vehicle is found to be in breach of these dimensions the permit which has been applied for will be invalid and subject to cancellation which will mean that the vehicle can be enforced against.

To be eligible for a business permit you must need your vehicle to travel in and around Newham for the purposes of your employment. You are not eligible if the permit is being used to commute to your place of work. Please ensure that all uploaded documents clearly show your name, vehicle registration number and employer’s details.

Please note that a virtual business parking permit only offers the ability to park in permit holder only bays and shared use bays within any residential and industrial parking zone within Newham. A virtual business parking permit does not offer an exemption to infringe moving traffic violations, this includes, but is not limited to; driving in bus lanes, making banned turns, stopping in yellow box junctions, accessing restricted streets/zones such as Browning Road bridge or to enter Healthy School streets and low traffic neighbourhood locations during their hours of prohibition.

It is the vehicle owner/keeper’s sole responsibility to ensure that their vehicle is fully covered by a valid permit, active virtual permit or blue badge before leaving it parked on the public highway during the resident parking zone (RPZ) restricted hours. The RPZ restricted hours are displayed on the entry signs at the start of a zone or you can find details on the following Resident parking zones (RPZ) page.

Failure to display a valid permit or have an active virtual permit or blue badge will be subject to a penalty charge notice being issued and possible further enforcement action being taken such as removal of the vehicle to the Councils car pound.

Before you begin your application, you will need:

  • A letter from your employer on headed paper dated within three months, which includes the vehicle registration and an explanation as to why the vehicle is needed for business purposes. This letter must confirm that your vehicle insurance covers you  for business use
  • Proof of address for the business - an official lease agreement in the business name or current national non-domestic rate demand or a bank statement dated within three months or utility bill dated within three months. Hand written documents will not be accepted
  • If the vehicle is a company vehicle you will need UK Vehicle Registration Document (V5C or logbook) or lease/hire agreement; or letter from your employer on headed paper dated within the last three months that confirms your employment, name, address and vehicle registration. Hand written documents will not be accepted

Please note: when renewing your permit you must select a start date for your new permit to begin. The MiPermit Newham system will default to today’s date on the application page. Please ensure this is updated if you require your permit to start from a later date. You will only be able to renew your permit up to four weeks in advance.

Apply or renew a business permit