School Streets: Exemptions

Some people are eligible to apply for a free School Streets exemption. This grants them access to the School Street during operating hours so that they won’t receive a fine.


Those eligible for an exemption are:

  • Residents who live within the School Street (2 per property) 
  • Businesses operating within the School Street (max 2 per property) 
  • Blue Badge holders who require access to the street during the specified times (e.g. if visiting friends, family, a business or the school). 
  • Pupils of the school that have a disability that prevents them from walking or cycling to school (school must apply on behalf of the pupil/family)
  • Medical practitioners attending to someone at an address in the School Street
  • School bus/vehicle (only the school may apply).

Expanded vehicle exemptions for Blue Badge holders

  • Residents or businesses within a School Street, who are also Blue Badge holders, can nominate up to two vehicles for which they are not the registered keeper
    • This is in replacement of (and not in addition to) exemptions where you are the registered keeper.
      • For example, you may apply for one exemption for a vehicle that you own and apply for another exemption for a vehicle that is owned by a friend who cares for you. This policy is to enable residents and businesses who hold a blue badge but rely upon others for car transport
  • You will need to apply under the ‘resident’ or ‘business’ exemption criteria (and not under the Blue Badge criteria).
  • Exemptions for Blue Badge holders are only provided where access to properties within a School Street is required (eg if visiting friends, family, a business or the school).
    • Exemptions will not be issued to Blue Badge holders who want to drive through the School Street, for example because it is a quicker or shorter route

Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) permits

Owning a parking permit does not entitle you to drive into a School Street and the two systems are not connected. If you are a parking permit holder and think you may be eligible for a School Street exemption you should apply for a School Street exemption.

Renewing exemptions

If you already have an exemption, it will be automatically renewed this year. If you have no changes to report, your exemption will continue.

If you change your vehicle you will need to apply for a new School Street exemption using the online form and provide the new evidence.

How to apply

You can apply for an exemption online. Applications will be processed within 5 working days.

Apply for a School Street exemption

If you believe you require a School Street exemption for any other reason, please email

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Vehicles not eligible for an exemption

Visitors, including tradespeople, dog walkers etc.

  • Residents and the school staff are expected to let planned visitors to their street know about the School Street so that they can make suitable transport arrangements
  • Visitors will not be granted exemptions for their vehicle to arrive at the times of the School Street. Instead, it is advised that any planned visitor either chooses to walk or cycle their journey, park their car in a nearby street and walk the short distance to the school, or arrive outside of the hours of the School Street


  • Home deliveries etc. should avoid driving into the School Street during operational times
  • Our School Streets are small and therefore, during operational times, delivery companies can make the last part of the journey on foot

Letting people know

  • Our School Streets are all signed at the entrance, in accordance with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions - which set out how restrictions are conveyed to road users
  • Advanced warning street signs will be installed on the approach to the schools so that people driving are aware of the times of the School Streets and will know not to drive through
  • We have worked with partners to update online navigation systems
  • Letters have been sent to all addresses in the vicinity of the school street to advise of the School Street
  • Schools have been raising awareness of the schemes with pupils and parents/carers

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Driving out of the School Street

No one needs an exemption to drive out of a School Street. You only need an exemption to drive into the School Street.

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Page last updated:

December 19, 2023