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.
Type of restriction
purple lines: pedestrian zone
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
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
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:
Administrative center - Local 403
Woodrow Wilson Square 1
T 09 266 77 98
Foreign vehicles affected?
Yes, are affected.
Hours of operation
From 11:00 - 18:00
150 € if you are caught entering the pedestrian zone without valid permit or parking in the pedestrian zone.
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
Gent city website