Residents Parking and Parking Permits

Resident’s Parking Permits

Kensington and Chelsea has a high density of residents and most of them do not have off-street parking, so the demand for on-street parking space is very high. When allocating car parking spaces the needs of residents are our primary consideration and this means that we cannot offer permits to businesses or visitors.

The only parking permits issued in Kensington and Chelsea are resident's permits, doctors' permits, doctors' parking bay permits and disabled Purple Badges.

Having a permit does not guarantee a parking space and you cannot reserve a space. For more details and full terms and conditions download our Residents' Parking Guide below.

Residents' Parking Guide [PDF] (file size 1.99 MB)

Motorcycle Parking

There are two types of motorcycle bay in Kensington and Chelsea; one is reserved for residents of the borough and the other is free to any motorcyclist.

Map of Motorcycle Parking Bays

Resident motorcyclists

We want to encourage resident motorcyclists to park in motorcycle bays rather than between cars in residents’ bays where they are vulnerable to being damaged and do not always make best use of kerbside space. We have located residents’ motorcycle permit bays so that all residents are only a few minutes’ walk from one. Most of the bays are fitted with locking anchors for securing motorcycles.

There are two types of motorcycle permit:

  • Motorcycle bay permit that allows parking in residents’ motorcycle bays only. These bays are identified with the words ‘M/C Permits Only’ painted on the road. This permit is free of charge
  • Combined motorcycle permit that allows parking in all residents’ parking bays and residents’ motorcycle bays. This permit costs £103 per year or £86 to holders of Advanced Rider Training Certificates.

For more details and full terms and conditions download our Residents' Parking Guide.

Residents' Parking Guide [PDF] (file size 1.99 MB)

Doctor’s Parking

Doctors' parking permits allow the same parking privileges as residents' permits, and are priced the same. Visit the Residents' permit charges webpage.

Doctors Parking Bays

If parking conditions near your practice are exceptionally difficult we may consider putting in a doctors' parking bay, however we would expect doctors to try to park with a permit before applying for a bay.

All applications for doctors' bays will be considered by the Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, Transport and Arts and this may take several months to be approved. If the application is successful the Council will decide where the bay is located. We will try to put it as close to the practice as its practicable but have to consider the effect on the local environment. We will give you a permit that allows you to park in that bay only. We will provide only one parking bay for each practice and it will be enforced between 8.30am and 6.30pm from Monday to Friday only.

We charge £864 to install a new doctors' bay. This charge covers the Council's costs for traffic orders and civils works. A doctors' bay permit costs £260 a year. We charge £12 to issue additional permits.

If you no longer need your permit or are no longer eligible for it you must return it to us. We will only refund for the period of time left on the permit from four months after all permits relating to the Doctors' Bay are returned to the Council and we will deduct an administration charge from any refund due.