Sussex Estates and Facilities

Parking Applications 2019/20

Parking permit applications for 2019/20 will open at different times depending on your role at the University. Please consult the information below for details on when and how to apply.

Parking permits and passes

Applications for parking permits 2019/20 will open at different stages during the summer, with all new permits becoming active on Sunday 1 September 2019. All existing permits for 2018/19 will expire on this date, and will no longer be usable for campus parking. Applications for parking will be closed when all permits have been issued, and campus parking is fully subscribed.

University staff permits

If you are a full time University of Sussex staff member, you will be able to renew your permit via Sussex Direct from Monday 1 July 2019. This option is eligible only for staff employed directly by the University, who are therefore on University Payroll and have a Sussex Direct account.

This includes staff who do not necessarily work on all weekdays, as long as you are paid directly by the University, as well as IDS and BSMS staff. This does not include Zero Hours staff and Associates, who will need to reapply via the process further below.

From Monday 1 July, the "Apply for Permit / Pass" button will be activated on Sussex Direct, under Personal and then Transport. To renew your permit, simply select this option and follow the proceeding instructions. All staff who renew their permit via this method are guaranteed a permit for 2019/20. Please ensure your vehicle details are correct and up-to-date when renewing.

If you know in advance that you will not be available to collect your permit during the summer, please inform us at and we will instead reserve your permit to collect when you are available. Renewals will be open until 1 September 2019, after which stage you will need to reapply as standard, and are no longer guaranteed a permit.

Students and other permits

If you are not a full time University staff member on Payroll, or you otherwise do not have a Sussex Direct account, you will need to apply for a new permit from 1 August 2019. You will be able to apply via the appropriate form available on the Transport webpages.

If submitting an application form, please check you are sending it to the correct e-mail address as indicated on the form itself.


  • Students applying for the Bridge car park will need to submit a Bridge car park form.
  • Students applying via Exceptional Circumstances will need to submit the appropriate Exceptional Circumstances form. This includes Families Resident on Campus, Long Distance applicants, PhD students, and the Carer Scheme.
  • Students applying for a new parking permit due to a disability or mobility issue will need to contact the Student Support Unit. Students that already hold a parking permit due to a disability or mobility issue will need to contact us at with their vehicle details to renew for 2019/20. Blue Badge holders do not need a permit to park on campus.
  • PGCE and Early Years students should contact their Head of School for information on Fridays-only parking.


  • Staff applying for Exceptional Circumstances will need to submit the appropriate Exceptional Circumstances form. This includes PhD students (employed by the University) and the Carer Scheme.
  • Staff applying as Zero Hours staff or Tutors (Associate, Doctoral, or Retired) will need to submit the appropriate form.
  • Staff applying for a parking permit due to a disability or mobility issue will need to contact Occupational Health. Blue Badge holders do not need a permit to park on campus.
  • Non-University staff on campus (SEF, SussexFood, Students' Union staff, StudyGroup, East Slope FM, etc.) will need to contact their Line Manager for information on how to apply.
  • Innovation Centre staff parking is not managed by the Transport Office, and is instead managed internally by the Innovation Centre.

Parking permit applications are processed on a first-come, first serve basis. It is therefore recommended that you submit your application form as early as possible to ensure you get a permit.

Non-University staff and third parties will be issued their permits directly via their place of work. All other permits will then be available to collect from the Transport Office from Monday 2 September 2019. You will be notified via e-mail when your permit has been processed, and how to collect it.

Application forms submitted before the open date will not be accepted, and will need to be resubmitted after permit applications open.

Once we reach capacity for parking permits, all applications will close and the Waiting List will open, with any unsuccessful applications automatically added to the list.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I am full time staff and a carer - how should I apply?

If you are a full time staff member eligible to renew via Sussex Direct, you may do so on 1 July to guarantee you have a permit. You may then also submit a Carer Scheme application later if you are eligible, and if approved, you will be issued a Carer Permit instead of a standard permit.

I need to park on campus due to a disability or mobility issue, what do I do?

Students may apply for a parking permit due to a disability or mobility issue by contacting the Student Support Unit, as above. This permit will only allow standard campus parking, as disabled parking spaces are reserved for Blue Badge holders only.

Staff may apply for a parking permit as standard, as all staff are eligible to park on campus. If you need a reserved parking space for your place of work, contact Occupational Health to apply.

Blue Badge holders do not need a parking permit to park on campus, and may park in any standard or disabled parking space provided they display their Blue Badge in the windscreen of their vehicle.

I only need a parking permit for a short space of time, can I do this?

All parking permits are issued for the entirety of the academic year, from September 2019 until the end of August 2020. However, you may cancel your permit at any time before 1 June 2020, and if pre-paid the remaining months will be refunded. If you are a staff member going on long term or parental leave, you may temporarily cancel your permit and reactivate it once returning to work, with all absent months not charged for.

Alternatively, all staff can apply for a C-type pass to park issued for free, which is paid for by purchasing daily scratchcards at £2.50 each.