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Car parking and permit arrangements for 2023/24

After The University’s parking arrangements will continue for the 2023-24 academic year in line with the University’s Car Park and Permit Application Policy.

What is an e-permit?

An E-Permit is an electronic parking permit. An E-Permit allows the holder to park their registered vehicle on University grounds, conforming to the conditions of use, without the need to display a physical permit on the vehicle windscreen. E-Permits are allocated at the discretion of the University of Brighton in line with our permit criteria. 

Parking for student with an e-permit is free.   

Parking restrictions

Parking restrictions are in place at all times as follows:

  • 7am – 5pm Monday – Friday (core hours) vehicles must have a valid E-Permit. Student e-permit parking is free of charge. You cannot pay for parking if you don’t have an e-permit during core hours, you must have an e-permit during core hours.
  • At all other times (5.01pm – 6.59am) vehicles must have a valid E-Permit OR a valid payment session, to park.

E-Permit criteria, validity and application

E-Permits are allocated on the basis of need as per the criteria outlined in the University’s Car Park and Permit Application Policy.

Vehicles that require an e-permit include cars, vans, motorcycles, scooters and mopeds. Bicycles do not need an e-permit.

Applications are assessed based on distance from the applicant’s term-time postcode and availability of a reasonable public transport route. The University considers one change either on the same mode of transport, or onto a different mode of transport, to be reasonable.

Student e-permits will be valid for one year from date of approval. Students are required to reapply for a permit on an annual basis, in recognition of changing circumstances and living locations. This will also allow the university to better understand and control the number of e-permits and parking available

Apply for an e-permit

Please read the Car Parking and Permit Application policy and parking criteria, and then apply for an E-Permit using the application process. You will need a university email address to submit an application. Processing applications may take up to 28 days from date of application.

For new students, please complete your online tasks when you will receive your university email address an hour after you have completed online enrolment.

If you’ve read the policy and parking criteria, apply for an e-permit here.

Previous permit holders

If you had E-Permit previously, you were required to reapply by 31 July after which it has expired.

If you wish to continue to have a permit for the 2023-24 academic year, you are required to reapply for an e-permit.

If you continue to park without a valid e-permit, you may receive a Parking Charge Notice (PCN).

Please note, having held a permit before does not guarantee a permit will be provided again, particularly if the address you are travelling from has changed.

Parking availability

Please note that parking spaces are limited on campus and being allocated an E-Permit does not guarantee that a parking space will be available on any specific day. Parking at our Falmer campus experiences particularly high demand. E-Permit holders can park at any university car park and travel to the campus by other means, for example, parking at the Moulsecoomb Parking facility and catching a Brighton & Hove public bus (which run approximately every 6 minutes along the Lewes Road) to Falmer.

Parking enforcement

Parking restrictions are enforced on all sites on a 24/7 basis throughout the year by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras operated by the University’s parking management contractor, UK Car Park Management (UK CPM).

Not having a University E-Permit (required for parking during core hours) or payment session could result in you receiving a Parking Charge Notice (PCN). Notices/emails displayed in cars whilst waiting for an E-Permit to be approved are not accepted in lieu of an E-Permit.

Vehicles must park within marked parking bays which include, white-lined bays or block coloured bays. Parking outside the bays may result in a PCN being issued. For white-lined bays, all vehicle wheels must fit within the floor markings that delineate each parking bay. In the case of a coloured bay, you must be parked reasonably within the coloured bay, if one or more whole wheel is outside the coloured bay a PCN may be issued.

If you receive a PCN, appeals should be made following the instructions on the notice and made directly to UK CPM.

Vehicles are not permitted to exceed a maximum stay and must park within the following restrictions:

  • Monday to Friday – 24 hours, no return is permitted within 3 hours
  • Saturday to Sunday – 36 hours, no return is permitted within 3 hours.

Terms and conditions for parking can be found on signage in all car parks and must be adhered to at all times.

Contact for general enquiries or appeals.

Electric vehicle charging points

Electric vehicle charging points are available for vehicle charging at Moulsecoomb, Falmer, Eastbourne and Varley Park, in dedicated car parking bays. Charging is accessed and paid for through the Pod Point app. Users must have a valid E-Permit to park.

View the full details and charge point locations.

Further information

You can read full details of the university’s parking arrangements including terms and conditions of use in the university’s parking policy (pdf). If you’re a staff member then check out the Parking and Transport page on StaffCentral (login required).

Find out more about sustainable and active travel options.

If you have any questions relating to this update, please contact:


Robin Coleman • 16 August 2023

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