Because of the new scheme for charging diesel owners more for their parking permits (the diesel levy), Merton Council is asking existing permit holders to follow the “new application” process when renewing their permits after 1 April 2017.
This is so they can re-check proof of ownership documents. New applications attract normally a £25 administration fee, but you shouldn’t have to pay this if you’re renewing.
Merton's parking webpage says: "Permit holders with vehicle specific permits cannot renew online, but instead are required to make a brand new application. Please ensure you provide us with your current [parking permit] number when prompted so you are not charged the £25.00 admin fee."
This has caused some confusion as the “new application” online form talks refers to the cost including the admin fee, even though you won’t have to pay it. We've asked the Council to make it a bit clearer - maybe they should set up a new online form for this year’s renewals.
Do let us know if you have any problems.