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Introduction
Gent has a very large area for pedestrian access only, but where loading is allowed at certain times.

Dates and details
The regulation is in place between 11:00 and 18:00. Loading or unloading during this time requires a permit. Outside this time period loading is allowed for vehicles up to 10 tonnes. Parking is never allowed.

Vehicles affected
All

Costs
None

Type of restriction
Pedestrian area

Scheme Boundary
Gent map
Key:
purple lines: pedestrian zone

Road Sign
Gent road sign

Need to Register?
You need to get the permit: “Vergunning voetgangersgebied“ (Permit pedestrian) if you have to enter the pedestrian zone
• as a resident of the pedestrian zone
• to load or unload
• in order to reach a yard or private property
• healthcare providers (eg doctors, physiotherapists, (home) nurses), couriers, money transport, caterers, bailiffs, recovery services, movers, morticians, merchants with a business located in the pedestrian zone
• taxis

This permit doesn’t allow you to park your vehicle in the pedestrian zone.

You can apply for this permit online
or write to:
St. Michael's Square 9, 9000 Gent
Tel. 09 266 28 00
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or call/ email them.

You need to get an additional permit “inname openbaar domein” (use of public domain):
• if you use your vehicle as a mobile workshop

You must apply for this permit 14 days in advance at:
Service Administration
Administrative center - Local 403
Woodrow Wilson Square 1
9000 Gent
T 09 266 77 98
E This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Foreign vehicles affected?
Yes, are affected.

Hours of operation
From 11:00 - 18:00

Enforcement
Manual

Penalty
150 € if you are caught entering the pedestrian zone without valid permit or parking in the pedestrian zone.

National Scheme
None

Exemptions
Excluded are electric, plug-in hybrid or hydrogen-powered vehicles.
Residents of the pedestrian zone, vehicles doing loading, vehicles that need to reach a yard or private property in the pedestrian zone, healthcare providers (eg doctors, physiotherapists, (home) nurses), couriers, money transport, caterers, bailiffs, recovery services, movers, morticians, taxis, merchants with a business located in the pedestrian zone. They all have to get a permit though.

Local name for the scheme
Voetgangersgebied

Further Information


City website
Gent city website
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