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Free temporary parking permits for COVID-19 key workers

Free temporary parking permits for COVID-19 key workers have been extended until 31 March 2021.
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Key worker permit scheme end date

In 2020, the Council issued over 5,000 free temporary key workers permits. This is to enable COVID-19 workers to commute to work throughout the peak of the pandemic.

Key Worker permits are now valid until 31 March 2021. To benefit, you must ensure that you have an authorised key worker permit application in the online system. You can reach the online system by clicking the 'apply' button on this page.

Managing your Key worker permit

If you have changed your vehicle, you will need to update your permit. 

If you have a temporary change of vehicle, you can add a temporary vehicle.

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.

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.

Where can you park?

In Lewisham, key worker parking permit holders can park in or on:

  • All levels of Holbeach car park
  • On street resident permit bays
  • Pay and Display bays
  • short-stay parking bays

Where can't you 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
  • red routes.

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

How to apply

To apply you need to provide evidence of key worker status.

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.