A green parking permit allows anyone with an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) to park in the city centre for free. Anyone with an eligible vehicle can apply for it.

What vehicles are eligible for a green parking permit will be reviewed as vehicle technology continues to develop.

Vehicles that can use a green permit

A ULEV is any electric or hybrid vehicle that emits less then 75g of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometre travelled, with a capability of travelling a minimum range of 10 miles with zero CO2 emissions.

Parking time limits

Although the permit is paperless, we will send you a cardboard clock for parking in time limited car parks. Use this clock to show what time your parking started. You must clearly display it in your windscreen.

There are no time limits for parking in pay and display bays on street with a green permit.

Most car parks don’t have time limits for green permits. However, the following car parks are restricted to a maximum stay period of 6 hours for green permit holders:

  • Wellington Street car park 
  • Carver Lane car park
  • Stanley Lane car park

Green permits cannot be used:

  • in the Science Car Park A car park, Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm
  • at all in Sheffield Hallam University ‘permit holders only’ car parks - these are indicated by yellow signs

Number of permits

You can apply for one permit per vehicle. There is no limit to how many permits a household can have.


Green permits are free.

How long a permit lasts

Permits last for one year. It is your responsibility to ensure your permit is renewed.

Where you can use the permit

A green permit allows you to park in on street pay and display bays in the city centre or in our city centre car parks (subject to time limits).

It cannot be used in other parking permit zones or car parks we don’t run.

You must display the cardboard clock with the correct times as you may get fined if you don't.

View parking permit zones

  • Green permits allow you to park in the city centre inner and outer parking zones.

Apply for a new green permit or amend your current permit

Go to our parking portal to apply for a green permit or manage your existing permit.

You will need to provide evidence that your vehicle meets the required standard to qualify for a green permit.

To give us time to process your application and activate your permit, make sure you apply for your new or renewed virtual permit at least 10 days before you need it. 

You can also change the vehicle that your permit is for.

Contact Parking Services