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Parking Frequently Asked Questions

How do residents go about requesting Pay & Display in their areas?


How will I pay for Parking?

Residents can apply for parking permits and visitors permits.  For non-residents payment will be on a Pay & Display basis.

Who is eligible to apply for a Residents Parking Permit?

The Parking Control Bye-Laws, 2007 define a resident “a person who is the occupant of a dwelling or a converted house, other than a purpose built apartment block, who satisfies the Council that his/her normal dwelling place is at premises situated within a pay parking area which relates to the parking permit”.

Dwelling is defined as “a building or structure designed and used for residential purposes, other than an apartment within a purpose built apartment block”.

Residents of purpose built apartment blocks are not eligible for resident’s permits.

Businesses, employees and non-resident landlords are not eligible for residents permits.

The display of a valid parking permit, as specified in the Parking Control Bye-Laws, is the responsibility of the applicant.

How many Residents Parking Permits can be purchased per residence?

In any one year, the Council shall, on application by a resident, issue one parking permit per resident’s car within its own pay parking area, subject to production of acceptable evidence by the resident up to an upper limit of four residents parking permits per dwelling.

Where a building comprises a converted house the total number of residents’ parking permits that may be held concurrently by residents of housing units in that building shall be four subject to the limit of one residents’ parking permit per housing unit and subject to production of acceptable evidence.

How much does a Parking Permit cost?

Residential Parking Permit:

Fee:    €40 per one year permit  or €75 per two year permit.

Visitors Parking Permits:

Visitor permits are sold at a cost of €2.00 each in multiples of 4

The minimum order is 4 Permits at a cost of €8.00. 

Is a Residents Parking Permit interchangeable between vehicles?

A resident’s parking permit is only valid for the vehicle and the parking area indicated on the permit. Maps showing the parking areas in which the Parking Control Bye-Laws are in operation are available for inspection at County Hall, Dún Laoghaire and in the Council Offices in Dundrum.  The Parking Control Bye-Laws, 2007 may be viewed on the Council’s website.


I have changed my car, how do I change my permit?

A Change of Vehicle form must be completed.  The completed form must be accompanied by:

-  a copy of the insurance certificate for the vehicle which must display the address to which the permit is being applied for.

If the car is registered in the name of a company you must supply a copy of the current insurance certificate for the vehicle, AND a letter from the company stating that you are employed by them and that you have habitual use of the vehicle,


-  the old parking permit.  If the old parking permit is not returned with the application, an ‘Application for Replacement Parking Permit’ form must be completed.

Why should residents pay to park on their own street?

The scheme is being introduced primarily for the benefit of residents, to ease parking pressures in their area.  The implementation of the scheme involves substantial costs to the Council, including road lining, signage, the provision of parking meters, and continued maintenance and enforcement costs.  The present fee for a parking permit is €40 for an annual permit or €75 for a two-year permit.

Is it possible to provide residents only parking?

There is no statutory basis for providing residents only parking on public roads.

What provision is being made for people with disabilities?

Motorists who display a ‘Parking Card for People with Disabilities’ (EU Blue Card), issued by the Irish Wheelchair Association or legitimate national authority, may park in controlled areas without payment.

Will I be guaranteed a space outside my house?

Residents permits will allow residents to park in a designated area, but will not guarantee availability of spaces.

How will visitors or tradesmen park?

Visitors permits, valid for parking in a Pay & Display bay, will be available to residents at a cost of €2.00 each.  Each permit will be valid for 1 day.  Also, short stay parking may be paid for by Pay & Display ticket.

Can residents park in areas designated for long stay/short stay  parking?

Residents can park in the majority of long stay/short stay bays, once a valid residents permit is displayed, however residents may not be allowed to park in some commercial areas. Commercial areas/bays will have a time plate stating ‘Permits Not Valid’, residents may not use their permits while parking in these areas.


How do I find out what the Pay & Display parking restrictions are?

When parking please refer to the information plates on the street, which will indicate the period during which it is permitted to park and any parking restrictions i.e. ‘Permits not Valid’.                          

How much will Pay & Display cost?

The cost applicable is indicated on the Pay & Display machine and information plates.

What are the hours of operation of Pay & Display?

The hours of operation of Pay & Display would normally be 08.00 – 19.00 Monday to Friday or Monday to Saturday.

Is there a maximum parking period for motorists using Pay & Display?

The parking period permitted is indicated on the appropriate parking ticket machine and information plates.

A vehicle which had been parked in a ticket parking place for the maximum period permitted in that ticket parking place, as indicated on the appropriate Pay & Display ticket parking machine or information plate, shall not be parked again in a ticket parking place on the public road in which that ticket parking place is situated until at least one hour has elapsed since the vehicle was last parked in that ticket parking place.


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