Automated Number Plate Recognition

Penryn Campus

Penryn Campus operates a sustainable automated number plate recognition system.

The main barrier for car park entry is located on the spine road between the Exchange and the Academy for Innovation & Research (AIR). Three lanes operate in this location: ‘in’, ‘out’ and ‘flex’. The ‘flex’ barrier is bi-directional and will switch according to traffic flow at key times during operational hours. It also doubles as a large vehicle lane for deliveries and service vehicles.

When arriving at the campus the barrier will rise automatically for everybody on entry regardless of permit type or whether or not you are a permit holder, visitor, contractor, event delegate, etc.

Before returning to your vehicle – all drivers who need to pay for car parking (i.e. those who do not hold a permit) will need to visit a pay station when ready to leave but before returning to their vehicle. Please remember your vehicle registration and follow the touch screen instructions to pay the appropriate tariff. Pay stations accept credit and debit cards.

Pay stations are located at convenient points across the campus as follows:

  • The Academy for Innovation & Research (AIR) visitors’ car park;
  • The Exchange (outside, Reception side);
  • Behind The Design Centre;
  • Behind The Environment and Sustainability Institute;

On leaving the campus, when the appropriate tariff has been paid, the barriers will rise automatically on exit. The exit points have also been fitted with an intercom which is operational 24/7 should you require support at the barriers for any reason.

Standard Permit Holders (includes Environmentally Friendly Vehicle permits)

For students and staff who hold parking permits, your vehicle registration numbers have been entered into our database so that barriers will rise automatically on exit. If you have more than one vehicle against your permit, the first vehicle to enter the car park in one charging period will be given free exit. The second vehicle must visit a pay station before exiting the barriers. All standard permit holders will be required to park beyond the barrier.

Student Car Parking

Both universities actively discourage student residents of Glasney Village from bringing cars to Cornwall because of the wide range of range of subsidised public transport on offer. However, some students do bring cars and park them for long periods in residential areas which has a negative impact on our neighbours in the wider community. To try and ease this situation only students with a Blue Badge who live within Glasney Village may qualify for a permit. All prospective users can apply online via Car Parking.

Electric Vehicle Permits

Electric Vehicle permit holders will be required to apply for and display the relevant permit. Parking Charge Notices (PCN’s) will be issued where vehicles do not meet this criteria.

There are two electric vehicle chargers available to staff & students, located in car park A at Penryn Campus. The portal where people can buy and register a card is Genie Point. The cards are charged at £7.50 plus VAT each. To use the chargers the user is billed a £0.40 connection fee and then £0.10/kwhr. A penalty charge of £10 will be applied if people charge their vehicle for more than 6 hours.

Business User Day (BUD’s) Permits

The first time you purchase a BUD you will need to email (a minimum of 24 hours’ notice is essential to enable the request to be approved and processed) so you can be registered on the ANPR system. Please provide the following details in this email: Name, Department, Institution, Date and Time first required, Vehicle Registration, Cost Centre, name of principal Budget Holder and finally, please state which campus your require your BUD for.  Your request has to be approved by your Institution and this has to happen before we are able to action the BUD for you.

Fitness Centre Permits

Fitness Centre external users (external is defined as any member who is not a student or member of staff of Falmouth, UoE, FXU or FX Plus) are allowed to park for up to 2 hours within the main car parks. All gym members must visit a pay station before returning to their vehicle to validate their exit in case of a discrepancy between arrival times. A fee will only be levied if the vehicle has been in the car park for over 2 hours. Fitness Centre staff must have validated the permit prior to exit.

External gym members who remain on campus beyond this 2 hour period will be charged on exit for their stay.

Visitors’ Parking

‘Reserved Visitors’ parking spaces can be booked by giving the name and vehicle registration details of the visitor plus the date and time of booking required, by emailing at least 24 hours in advance of the visit. Spaces are subject to availability and are limited to 10 spaces per booking per day between the hours of 08:30 and 17:30. A department must cover the cost of their visitors’ stay, visitor permits can be purchased. Permits are sold in sets of 6 and 12 at the cost of £25.20 or £50.40 and cannot be purchased individually. A purchase order must be raised and emailed to where the permits will be added to a database ready to be used as required (they do not expire). Department’s will be charged retrospectively for this service by invoice. If parking in one of the main car parks you will need to visit a pay station prior to exiting the campus, enter your vehicle registration number and pay the appropriate tariff.

No guarantee for visitor parking can be made for reservations with less than 24 hours’ notice.

Event Parking

For events where the institution or organisation wishes to absorb the cost of car parking on behalf of delegates, please contact:

Disabled Parking

The registration numbers of those drivers who hold Blue Badge mobility permits will be entered into our database in advance to enable entry and exit. An application is required through the standard procedure but allocation to blue badge holders is automatic. Charges usually apply and will be in-line with the overall permit tariff for 2016/17. Blue Badge holders that have a Nil/Disabled duty tax disc are exempt from paying the permit tariff.

For disabled visitors, parking is chargeable and they will need to visit a pay station to pay the appropriate tariff before returning to their vehicle. Please notify reception if you have a Nil tax disc.


For drivers making deliveries, there will be unrestricted access in either direction through the barriers for up to 1 hour.


Contractors’ vehicle registration details can be entered into our database for the duration of their works contract and should be included as part of the notification and/or permit raising request to Penryn Reception and/or Campus Patrol.

All Contractors are requested to sign in at Penryn reception on arrival.

Streatham / St Luke’s University of Exeter Permits

These permits will continue to be valid at Penryn Campus. Users are required to register their vehicle registration number by emailing