Processing permit applications

We are currently receiving a high volume of permit applications which is taking longer than usual to process. Our aim is to process your application/enquiry within five working days.
If you have previously contacted us there is no need to contact us again. We will contact you if there is a problem or delay.

For general enquiries please refer to the permit terms and conditions as we will only respond to enquiries not covered in the terms and conditions. For urgent enquiries please contact Tower Hamlets Contact Centre on 020 7364 5003.

Market trader parking permit

You can apply for a market trader parking permit if you are a licensed market trader in the borough, and the vehicle is registered with market services.

There is a separate application for market trader scratchcards.

How and where to use a permit

Providing your parking permit is correctly displayed, you can park all day in parking bays signed:

  • Business permit holders only
  • Business permit holders or pay at machine
  • Permit holders only
  • Permit holders or pay at machine
  • Sunday market trader permits only.

Your parking permit is not valid for parking in bays signed differently to those above or off-street on estates. You should also make sure you do not park in suspended bays regardless of whether or not the reason for the suspension is apparent.

How much does a market trader permit cost?

  • 12 months – £490
  • 6 months – £301
  • 3 months – £178.50

Change in details

If you change your vehicle you will have to register your new vehicle with Market Services and return your permit for the remaining time to be transferred onto the new vehicle.

There is a £5 administration fee.