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Free temporary parking permits for COVID-19 key workers

Information regarding the key worker parking permit scheme.

Key worker permit scheme end date

In early 2020, the Council issued over 5,000 free temporary key workers permits to enable COVID-19 workers to commute to work safely throughout the peak of the pandemic. The Key Worker permit scheme has been extended until 31 May 2021. 

To benefit from the scheme, you must ensure that you have an authorised key worker permit application in the Lewisham parking permit online system. If you do not have an account in the online system, you do not have a permit. You can create an account and log in to the online system to apply for a permit by clicking the buttons on this webpage.

Managing your Key Worker Permit

You can reach and log in to the online system by clicking the 'apply' button on this webpage.

  • If you have changed your vehicle, you will need to update your permit in the online permit system.
  • If you have a temporary change of vehicle, you can add a temporary vehicle in the online permit system.

Please note that you can add two vehicles to your permit, but only one vehicle can be parked at any one time. Before parking, you must activate one vehicle as the 'protected vehicle' in your online permit account.

Where can key workers park?

From 1 April 2021, Key Worker Permit holders commuting to the hospital or nearby NHS units by car must park in Holbeach carpark (all levels).

In the unlikely event that Holbeach carpark is full, please park on one of the five roads below. These roads consistently have many available bays:

  • Doggett Road
  • Mount Pleasant Road
  • Fordyce Road
  • Littlewood (off Fordyce Road)
  • Torridon Road

Please do not park in carparks or on roads other than those listed above when commuting to the hospital or nearby NHS units by car.

Residents of the roads closest to the hospital in particular have suffered from a sustained reduction in available bays during the past 12 months. It is important that we reduce this impact by fully-utilising the available bays at Holbeach carpark. If this instruction is not followed, we may unfortunately revoke permits earlier than the planned date of 31 May. Vehicles parking on the roads closest to the hospital may also be subject to enforcement.

The instruction to park in Holbeach does not apply to those who are working in other areas of the borough, or parking their vehicles to attend care in the community visits or deliver services to patients at home. Key workers  who are driving to deliver care in the community may continue to park in any CPZ (eligible bays only) for up to two hours per visit, as previously. 

A reminder that key workers may park in:

  • on street resident permit bays
  • Pay and Display bays
  • short-stay parking bays (adhering to time restrictions displayed on time plate signage)

Where can't key workers park?

Holders cannot park in or on:

  • single yellow lines
  • council operated car parks (other than Holbeach car park)
  • loading bays
  • footway (including the pavement)
  • double yellow lines
  • bus stops
  • zig-zag markings
  • disabled persons parking bays
  • business bays
  • red routes.

Read more about red routes on Transport for London's website.

How to apply

To apply in the online system, click the apply button on this page. You will need to provide evidence of key worker status during your application, or within 30 days of submission. You must monitor your permit application to ensure it is approved. Applications that are not approved within 30 days due to a lack of evidence will be rejected.

Acceptable evidence includes:

  • a letter or email from your employer detailing key worker status
  • a photograph of your work pass or work ID showing details such as your name, employer, role, and place of work.

Key Worker Permit eligibility criteria

  • Health and social care:
    • Doctors
    • Nurses
    • Midwives
    • Paramedics
    • Social workers
    • Care workers
    • and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector.
  • Distribution:
    • This includes those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
  • Police officers
  • Teachers and other education professionals

Reason for revised criteria

When COVID-19 restrictions began, we followed Government guidance and adopted a broad key worker permit criteria. This included shop workers, transport staff and child care workers, but we must now be careful not to encourage non-essential travel, facilitate busier roads as well as increase in vehicle emissions from increased vehicle usage.

To ensure our COVID-19 critical workers continue to benefit from our free temporary key workers permits, we have revised the criteria for our key workers permit.