Parking permits

There are different types of permits available for parking in South Lakeland.

You can:

Residents' on-street parking permits

These permits are issued by Cumbria County Council for parking on the street and not in public car parks. Please contact Cumbria County Council to renew or apply for a residents' on-street parking permit.

Off street parking permit for SLDC car parks

Options and prices for a range of different permits for South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) pay and display car parks:

Only one permit will be issued. You can opt to make your permit transferable, and have two designated vehicles on it.

The full permit year runs from April to March, but you can purchase a permit at any point during the year.

Owning a permit does not guarantee a space. A permit will allow the use of one space, the vehicle must be able to fit in one marked bay.

Standard permit holders may be eligible for a reduction of £100.00 (pro rata) if the vehicle is "A" rated vehicle. "A" rated means the carbon dioxide emissions are 100 g/km, or less. This is stated in the log book, the V5 document, in section 4 or check your vehicle rating. Please contact Parking Services if you believe you are eligible.

All areas in our district

These permits allow you to park in SLDC pay and display car parks within our district, whether they're in the Lake District National Park or not.

Car parks you can use with an all areas permit

All areas permits, options and prices:

  • The standard all areas permit: Price £535
  • The transferable all areas permit: Price £610

Outside the Lake District National Park only

These permits allow you to park in SLDC pay display car parks outside the Lake District National Park boundary only.

Car parks you can use with a Outside the Lake District National Park only permit

Outside the Lake District National Park only permits, options and prices:

  • The standard outside Lake District National Park Permit: Price £485
  • The transferable outside Lake District National Park Permit: Price £560

Kendal Westmorland Shopping Centre card

You can buy a separate card that will allow you to use the Westmorland Shopping Centre car park in Kendal. Price £30.

The card is only available if you have a standard or transferable permit for 'All areas in our district' or 'Outside the Lake District National Park only'.

Lake District National Park only

These permits allow you to park in SLDC pay and display car parks within the Lake District National Park boundary only.

Car parks you can use with a Lake District National Park only permit

You can't use them in car parks that belong to the Lake District National Park, National Trust or other privately owned car parks.

Lake District National Park only permits, options and prices:

  • The standard Lake District National Park Permit. Price £485
  • The transferable Lake District National Park Permit. Price £560

Business parking permit

Price: £650 for a full year from 1 April 2021.

One permit that can be swapped between unspecified vehicles.

Milnthorpe only permit

Price: £250 for a full year from 1 April 2021.

This permit is for the Park Road and Beetham Road car parks only.

It cannot be used in Milnthorpe Square or in other car parks within our district.

Application form for the Milnthorpe car parks permit (PDF 130KB / 1 page)

Contract parking spaces

We have a waiting list for these spaces. Please contact us for information.

We have contract car parks at Low Fellside and Highgate in Kendal.

At Low Fellside car park:

  • Single space. Price £730
  • Double space. Price £1,450

At Highgate, Bowman car park:

  • Single space. Price £730

Apply, pay for or renew a car park permit

You can apply, pay for or renew a car parking permit online:

Apply for a parking permit online

Or you can use a paper form: Application form for a parking permit 2021 to 2022 (PDF 648KB / 3 pages)

Once payment has been received and your application is processed, the permit will be posted to you within five working days.

Pay for a parking permit by Direct Debit

Pay for a parking permit by Direct Debit (PDF 200KB / 1 page)

For new applicants we usually require the first instalment to be paid by credit or debit card, to allow time for the mandate to be set up. We may call you to take this payment, so please provide a telephone number and email address.

There is no extra charge for paying by Direct Debit. The payment date is always on 20th of the month and this date cannot be changed.

Owing to resource requirements, we cannot arrange a permit by direct debit for less than a six months' commitment.

Report issues with your permit

Report issues or let us know about changes to your parking permit.

Cancelling a Direct Debit

Settlement date is always the last day of a month as paying on 20th is for that whole calendar month.

Please do not cancel the direct debit before notifying this office.

We recommend sending the permit back by Recorded Delivery so you have a record of the date it was returned, or you can deliver it to South Lakeland House.

Further charges are liable if a permit is surrendered when a new month has started. If the permit is returned later than the last day of the month then you will have to pay the next month's instalment.

Once the permit has been returned, and there are no outstanding charges, the remaining instalments will be cancelled.

Changing your vehicle

Please inform us of the new registration by phone or email. The permit needs to be returned to us for swapping to a new registration, please make sure you get the permit from the old vehicle before it is sold.

You can either send this form and permit to us by post, or send the permit with a letter confirming the change of registration, or you can take the permit to South Lakeland House.

Permit change form (PDF 36KB / 1 page)

To cover yourself for a few days please put a note on your dashboard showing the permit number which begins with the prefix SCX with a note stating 'Awaiting new permit, notified Council on (date)'.

Replacing a lost parking permit or Westmorland card

If you have lost your permit or card, please call Parking Services to arrange a replacement.

There is a charge of £36 to replace a lost standard or transferable permit and £51 to replace a lost business permit.

The charge is £30 to replace the Westmorland Shopping Centre card.

Photocopying a permit

You can't photocopy a permit.

Renewing a permit

We will send a renewal notice in early March to permit-holders.

Apply for a refund

You can get a refund if you paid for your permit in full and no longer require the permit. If you surrender the permit by the end of a month, you will get the remaining months refunded pro rata.

Please return the permit by Recorded Delivery or hand it in at South Lakeland House. We will require your bank details as we only refund by BACS so please complete the parking permit refund form (PDF 34KB / 1 page).

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