Sunderland City Council's city centre parking permit scheme is available to anyone who comes into Sunderland city centre and uses council run car parks.

There are two types of permits available a gold or silver permit that will allow parking at any time (subject to availability) in council controlled multi storey and off street car parks (with the exception of Prince/South Street and Central Area car parks which are reserved for private permit holders).

These permits are available:


Gold permit (£1,350 per year)

This allows a permit holder to park in any council car park in the city centre:

  • St Mary's
  • Sunniside
  • Civic Centre
  • Boughton Street
  • Livingstone Road
  • High Street West
  • Tatham Street
  • Nile Street
  • Charles Street
  • West Wear Street
  • Gorse Road

Gold Permit holders will be issued with key fobs in order to access and exit St Marys and Sunniside car parks which are pay on foot car parks and are barrier controlled.

You must display your permit at all times.

Replacement key fobs, magnetic passes and permits will incur a £10 administration charge.


Silver permit (£900 per year)

This allows a permit holder to park in the following car parks:

  • Civic Centre
  • High Street West
  • Tatham Street
  • Nile Street
  • Charles Street
  • West Wear Street
  • Gorse Road

The permit cost is based on an annual permit if you require a permit for another period (for example one, two or three months), a £10 administration charge will apply in addition to the permit cost.


Conditions of use

  • Only one registration number on the permit will be allowed
  • There is no guarantee of a parking space, with availability on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Access to car parks will be relevant to the operating hours
  • The permit can only be used in the car parks indicated on the front of the permit and must be permanently on display in the vehicle's windscreen while parked in the council controlled car parks
  • Any change of permit or an application for a permit for less than a 12 month period will incur a £10 administration fee
  • Replacement of key fobs and magnetic passes will incur a £10 administration charge
  • Permits may be surrendered at any time but refunds will only be given based on the value of any unused full months remaining
  • Determination of eligibility will remain at the council's discretion

Please note: Permit holders must comply with the parking regulations and any contravention of the regulations may result in a Penalty Charge Notice being issued.


First-time applications

If you are applying for a city centre parking permit for the first time (and have not registered for any of our online service before), please follow the link in the 'Do it online' area of this page and click on 'Click here to register'.

When you register, you will need to create a username and password so that we can identify you in the future.

We will also ask for some details such as your name and address. Your information may be shared within the council and with other local authorities to provide you with a good customer service experience.