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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Hi all,

Sorry if this is a daft question but unsurprisingly the Council website has not furnished me with an answer. I'm a new driver so first time I've encountered this issue too. I live on the Gardens and want to buy a car but am confused over how I can park safely (and locally) for the period of time in between getting the car and getting my resident's parking permit? 

I'm sure I've seen cars parked nearby with signs in the window like "permit in post", etc but that doesn't seem like a reliable solution? Also, what are people's experience's of waiting times to receive the permit after application? Roughly how long did it take to turn up? I'm sure (like everything else) this will take longer than normal to process thanks to COVID. 

Thanks in advance. 

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Buy a load of visitor permits?

Hi David

Not a daft question and one that could be clearer on website 

You can apply for a Temp permit 


Any problems or questions then call 0208 489 1000 (there might be a queue as people are calling more now than going to the customer service centres but if you call before 3pm you can request a call back and you stay in the queue but can hang up and the council calls you when it’s your turn)

Thanks for your response, Seema.

Applications for temp permits still require specific Vehicle details / Vehicle Registration Mark so I'm no clearer on how I get round this beyond buying months of visitor permits. I'm waiting for the council to respond. Thanks

Hi David 

If you drop me an email I’ll find the right person to resolve 


I can’t remember how I did it. I think I just went into the Library and got mine over the counter. I suppose that’s not an option right now. Whatever you do, don’t try leaving a note; you’ll definitely get a ticket. Try asking on @ContactHaringey on Twitter. Usually pretty responsive. 

Could you please report back briefly on how this goes for you. Mentioning any problems. And maybe passing on any tips for others starting their own new permit "quest".
If the process is smooth and successful with efficient helpful staff then do say so as well. I'm certain some Haringey staff read this website and would appreciate a virtual smile.

Hi, I've unfortunately had to buy a new car (ULEZ), so have found ourselves with a similar quandary.

I tried to purchase a new residential permit yesterday but the online form continuously crashed. I called the council this morning and was told to forward the relevant documents to this address: 'telephoneapplications@haringey.gov.uk'.

I was told I'd be contacted in approx 5 days time, once the docs have been reviewed and will be asked to phone again to make payment. No idea how long the permit will then take to be issued – on the day I hope. It's exactly the same process to apply for a temp permit (defies their purpose?).

In the meantime, I was told I had the choice of using visitor permits or parking the car miles away from the house in an unregulated parking zone. Great. Fortunately I have seven daily visitor permits, but get the feeling that's not going to be enough. Going to order some more now and hope that they, or the new residents permit appear in time.

I'll report back and let you know how it goes – If you haven't already, I suggest you purchase some visitor permits.

I wonder, in your communication with Haringey Parking "Service" has anyone accepted that "their online form continuously crashed". In other words is there a system problem? If so, any apology? Any promise of action by them to fix the machines?

Several years/decades ago elected local councils adopted or perhaps were encouraged to adopt terms such as  "business"; "business plan"; and "customer". So here you are, a local resident, elector  - oops - customer trying to pay the Haringey Parking Business some cash. How about emailing the Managing Director, still quaintly bearing the old fashioned title of Chief Executive?

From what I can deduce, you need proof of ownership of the car to get a regular residents parking permit but only the car reg and proof of address to get a temp permit. I rang the council last week and they advised I get some visitor day passes now and then call them up for a temp permit once I've bought the car. Then while I'm waiting on the car docs for proof of ownership from DVLA, I can request a temp permit... while I'm waiting on that, I have to use the visitor passes. They said a temp permit would only take 4/5 working days to arrive. Its a right faff, TBH. 

If you're on Twitter (or prepared to open an account), comments suggest that @ContactHaringey seem to be about the most effective way of getting a productive response for the council.

Weren't there supposed to be gigantic leaps forward from "Channel Shift" after millions were spent? (The 'f' is silent.) Sacking people who answer phones. Getting rid of phones and phone numbers. Pretending everyone is - or will shortly be - online. Proclaiming a new dawn when people not online can all get online at their local library with a fantasy that there will always be local library staff to assist them.

So now we must rely on ... a single magnificent Twitter account?


"Whatya gonna do
When the grid goes down
And you're all alone
With your cold dead phone?"



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