Residents' Parking Permits

Residents' Parking Permits

Eight residents’ parking permit zones have been introduced in Greenock, Port Glasgow and Gourock town centres and some surrounding streets and on part of Newton Street, Greenock and Shore Road, Wemyss Bay.

You can find the locations and details of all on and off-street parking places in Inverclyde town and village centres on the Council’s parking restrictions map on the Documents link on this page titled Parking Zone Map Greenock, Parking Zone Map Port Glasgow and Parking Zone Map Gourock.

These allow permit holders to park in limited waiting on-street bays and Council owned off-street car parks without limit of time and in Council owned pay and display car parks without payment in the zone to which the relevant permit applies.

The zones are:


  • Argyle Street,
  • Cathcart Street,
  • Cross Shore Street,
  • Dalrymple Street (between Laird Street and Grey Place)
  • Jamaica Street,
  • Grey Place,
  • Laird Street,
  • Nicolson Street (between Dalrymple Street and West Stewart Street),
  • Roslin Street,
  • Station Avenue,
  • West Blackhall Street,
  • Westburn Street,
  • West Stewart Street,
  • William Street.


  • Ann Street,
  • Bearhope Street,
  • Buccleugh Street,
  • Crown Street,
  • Duncan Street,
  • East Shaw Street,
  • King Street,
  • Sir Michael Street,
  • Sir Michael Place,
  • Smith Street,
  • Tobago Street.


  • Houston Street (between Kelly Street and Patrick Street),
  • Jamaica Lane,
  • Kelly Street between (Houston Street and Union Street).


  • Mearns Street (between Shaw Place and Regent Street),
  • Shaw Place,
  • Trafalgar Street (between Shaw Place and Regent Street).


  • Newton Street (between Inverkip Street and Nelson Street).


  • Bay Street,
  • Church Street,
  • Court Road,
  • Crawford Street,
  • Falconer Street,
  • Huntly Place,
  • Huntly Terrace,
  • John Wood Street,
  • Princes Street,
  • Scarlow Street,
  • Station Road,
  • Willison’s Lane.

GK1 (for use in Kempock Street car park only)

  • Kempock Street,
  • Albert Road (No.s 1-15)


  • Shore Road.

Each household in the established zones is entitled to apply for a maximum of 2 parking permits.  These permits will be issued free of charge.

The Documents link on this page titled Residents’ Parking Permit T&C will allow you to view The Inverclyde Council Residents' Parking Permit Scheme, Terms and Conditions.  This document details who qualifies for a permit, how to apply for a permit and the general rules relating to permits.

Blue badge holders are permitted to park during permit holder only times.

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Paperless permits

The permits are virtual, or paperless permits, and you will not be issued with a permit to display on your vehicle.  This reduces the potential for fraud as permits cannot be transferred from one vehicle to another.  You will be issued with an email or letter stating if your application has been successful.  This email or letter will detail your individual permit number and the start and expiry. 

Details of all permits will be held on the parking attendants’ handheld computers.  When your vehicle’s registration number is scanned by a parking attendant they will obtain details of your vehicle i.e. make and colour and the expiry date of your permit.  Parking attendants will not have access to your name or address details.

Eligible residents can apply for a maximum of 2 residents’ parking permits for their household.

To apply for a permit you will be required to provide 1 proof of residency, 1 proof the vehicle is registered to your address and 1 insurance certificate to prove the vehicle has valid insurance as detailed in the terms and conditions.

We recommend that you apply for your residents’ parking permit online as it is quicker and more efficient. The link on this page titled Parking Permit Application will take you to the Inverclyde Permit Portal.

If you do not have access to the internet, you can pick up a paper application form from Greenock Central, Watt, Gourock and Port Glasgow libraries.  Please be aware that paper based applications could take longer to process.

Your permit will be valid for 1 year and a reminder will be sent to you approximately 28 days before the expiry date.  If your initial application for a permit is submitted online, an email reminder will be issued to you.  If your initial application for a permit is submitted by post, a reminder letter will be issued to you.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have renewed your permit on time.

It is also your responsibility to ensure the details on your permit are up to date and you should notify Inverclyde Council of any relevant changes to your circumstances, for example, if you change your vehicle during the year; or if you move home within the current zone; or if you move to a different zone; or if you move out of the zoned parking areas altogether.

The link on this page titled Parking Permit Application will allow you to let us know of any changes via the Inverclyde Permit Portal or write to Inverclyde Permit Team, PO Box 597, Northampton, NN4 7XN.