Re-introduction of car parking charges

August 13th, 2021

Colleagues are reminded that from Wednesday 1 September, parking charges will be re-introduced across the university.

Recognising that colleagues will have differing campus return dates and to reflect more flexible patterns of working on-campus- and home-working, we have retained the flexibility that we introduced last year in how you can pay to park on campus.

  • Full permits: full annual permits will still be available. Alternatively, staff or students will now be able to apply for a parking permit at any point in the year and only pay for the months remaining in the permit year. For example, if you apply in December you only pay 9 months of charges.
  • Occasional use vouchers: should you wish to use occasional use vouchers to park on campus for a few days each week, for example to accommodate flexible working or until public transport is fully restored, the cost of any unused vouchers will be refunded once you revert to your usual mode of transport. If you wish to upgrade to a full parking permit, the cost of it will be reduced to account for the amount you have already spent on vouchers. For any members of staff typically needing to park on campus for fewer than four days each week, the occasional use voucher scheme offers the more cost-effective solution.

Permits and vouchers can be ordered through the online permit system.

To underpin the sustainability commitments in the University Strategy and reduce the large loss that the university currently makes between parking charges, the cost of providing car parking and its commitments to Nottingham City Council’s Workplace Parking Levy (WPL), the cost of a parking permit will need to rise by 12.5% for 2021/22.

This works out as an annual increase from £69 to £78 for cars in the lowest emission and salary bracket and an annual increase from £774 to £871 in the highest bracket. The average cost of an annual parking permit is £270  – less than £1.18 per day based on 230 days use.

Over the next year as we better understand travel demand, patterns and car parking use we will be developing and consulting on a revised sustainable parking strategy and charging mechanism more aligned to the University Strategy.

Find out more about the university’s car parking scheme.

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August 17th, 2021 at 12:02 pm

Professor Christopher Day

Have several vouchers unused from the pandemic. May I use these or redeem them?

August 20th, 2021 at 10:18 am

Cyrus M

Hi Christopher. If this is an authorised issued permit and voucher book you can still use these if they are still within date, or you can have the amount refunded if not. Get in touch with the parking team and they should be able to help. Thanks.

August 17th, 2021 at 12:14 pm

Jo Flewitt

I need an updated permit for my car (year 21/22) but don’t need any vouchers, I cannot see an option for this on the application form?

August 20th, 2021 at 10:16 am

Cyrus M

Hi Jo. The parking team will need to swap the voucher book and permit disc as the serial number won’t match. This will need to be taken to the Security office and an exchange will be made, free of charge. If you are referring to a car swap on a full permit disc, please email the parking team. Thanks.

August 17th, 2021 at 12:26 pm

Paul Mizen

Could I ask a quick question? I use occasional permits, and because we have been working from home over the Covid period I have a book of vouchers which have dates that run to end 2021. Can I exchange unused vouchers for a book with dates running to 2022 or 2023? Or get a refund on the unused vouchers? Thanks, Paul

August 20th, 2021 at 10:13 am

Cyrus M

Hi Paul. Yes, you can exchange unused vouchers, or get a refund – the choice is yours. Get in touch with the parking team and they should be able to help. Thanks.

August 18th, 2021 at 1:03 pm

Georgina Bladon

If we already have vouchers left over from the last permit year, can we continue to use these or do we need to reapply for a ‘permit user’ tax disk for September 2021?

September 6th, 2021 at 1:58 pm

Cyrus M

Hi Georgina. If you have unused vouchers, you can either exchange them or get a refund – the choice is yours. Get in touch with the parking team and they should be able to help. Thanks.

September 1st, 2021 at 2:05 pm

Hayley Bruce

I changed car and was given a temporary permit for the new car which is due to run out soon. I have emailed to enquire about getting a replacement permit for the new car a couple of times now (I have nearly a full book of vouchers still so I only need a new permit badge). I also asked in-person but was told to email, which I did but I haven’t heard back for several weeks now. I don’t want to re-send the same email and give them more emails in their inbox! What shall I do? Thank you, Hayley.

September 9th, 2021 at 5:11 pm

Cyrus M

Hi Hayley, sorry for the delay in response, the parking team has been dealing with a high volume of emails due to the new permit year.
If a member of staff purchases a new car but still has vouchers remaining – they will need to bring their remaining vouchers and permit disc to the Security Office (at the rear of Hallward Library) and the parking team can exchange them over the counter for free.

We will give them the same amount of vouchers back, but with an updated permit to match their vehicle registration.

The permit disc and each of the vouchers have a reference number on, which would need to match up for the vouchers to be valid – this is why both the vouchers and permit disc must be returned when swapping to a new vehicle.

If a member of staff has vouchers remaining and wanted to upgrade to a full permit – if they are also able to return the vouchers to us, we can either refund them or deduct the value of their vouchers from the cost of their full permit.

Hope this helps, thanks.

September 10th, 2021 at 8:19 am

Nicholas Blockley

Hi. Sorry to ask another occasional use permit question. I only bought my occasional use permit last September and have hardly used it. The vouchers have dates out to 2023, so can I just continue to use them or do I still need to update my permit disk?

September 10th, 2021 at 3:20 pm

Cyrus M

Hi Nicholas. Yes you can carry on using your vouchers, they have no expiry date. Thanks.

September 14th, 2021 at 10:08 am

Laura Peaurt

Hi yet another occasional use scheme question!

I see that I can carry on using vouchers I was given previously as they last until 2023.

However, does the actual permit disc that I display in the window need to change? If so what is the process? I was worried if I requested a new permit I would be charged for more vouchers. Thanks!

September 23rd, 2021 at 2:08 pm


The permit does not need to be replaced, it will last as long as the vouchers. If the vouchers expire before they are used they will be replaced free of charge.

September 21st, 2021 at 9:47 am

Jodi Rippon


Could you tell me if staff can still park in the top car park that is currently being used as a Covid Test Centre, behind Portland Building? I used to park against the wall but these spaces appear to have Large painted crosses in the spaces now but no information to say you are not allowed to park?


September 23rd, 2021 at 2:00 pm


These spaces are available for staff use. The ‘x’ corresponds to the sign on the wall in front of each space.

May 11th, 2022 at 1:18 pm


Hi, I’m due to start a new job at the Uni in July. I am contemplating getting an electronic moped to reduce my petrol use but may need to swap between vehicles when the weather is bad. I don’t want to (and not even sure if possible) pay for two permits as I am trying to reduce costs. Can you confirm what options would be available to me in this instance?

May 11th, 2022 at 3:34 pm

Cyrus M

Hi Laura, thanks for getting in touch and welcome to the university. If you email our Parking Team with your enquiry, they should be able to help or point you in the right direction. Thanks, hope that helps.

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