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Dispensation permits and Chester city centre access

We allow commercial vehicles to park with a dispensation permit (works permit) in locations where otherwise they would be in contravention of parking restrictions, but only where the vehicles are essential to enable the following works to be carried out:

  • maintenance, building, excavation and demolition works
  • glaziers involved in emergency repair work
  • plumbers, electricians and gas fitters on emergency call outs

Permits don’t allow parking in a place designated for a particular use, such as a disabled persons’ bay, loading bay, taxi rank or bus stop.

Chester city centre access

Permits issued within the bollard area of Chester city centre will allow parking for the day, but access through the bollards will only be permitted before 10.30am and after 4.30pm, Monday to Sunday.

How do I apply for a permit?

Please give as much notice as possible before applying. Permits can be applied for on the day, however a penalty may be issued if the vehicle is parked before the application is approved.


How much does it cost?

Permit charges per day:

  • one: £10
  • two: £20
  • three: £50
  • four: £70
  • five: £90

Permit holders and Taxis

Access permit holders may enter the pedestrianised area at any time. Taxis are allowed into Frodsham Street and Foregate Street to get to the taxi rank.

Apart from certain limited exceptions, taxis are not allowed in some of the other central shopping streets between 8am and 6pm. This applies only to black Hackney carriages and not private hire vehicles which are restricted in the same way as ordinary cars.