How people with disabilities can park closer to their destinations using a Blue Badge, how to apply for a badge and where can you park.
Yes. Parking permits for disabled people are called Blue Badges. Find out how to apply for a badge.
You do not need to be a driver to have one, and the badge can be used in any car that you use to travel in. Find out who is entitled to a badge.
The badge is displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle, and it allows you to park in dedicated disabled spaces in council-run car parks, and locations closer to places like shops. Read more on where you can park.
You may be eligible for a badge if:
If you are a carer for a child under the age of two, and
you might be eligible for a blue badge.
Before we can give you a badge you will need to be assessed for your mobility. This can be organised when you apply for a Blue Badge.
You are automatically eligible for an individual Blue Badge if:
You may also be eligible if:
but you may need to be assessed for your mobility before we can give you a badge. This will be undertaken by a member of staff from the Occupational Therapy team. This can be organised when you apply for a Blue Badge.
Your organisation may be eligible for a badge if it cares for and transports disabled people who meet the individual eligibility criteria.
Information for organisational Blue Badge holders can be found on the GOV.uk website:
Rights and responsibilities for organisations - GOV.uk (external website)
You can apply for a new badge, or renew an expired one online on the GOV.uk website.
Apply for a Blue Badge on GOV.UK
After you have completed the online application process, we will contact you to tell you if you will be allocated a badge or if you will require a mobility assessment before we can issue one to you.
We will also tell you which original versions of documents (not photocopies) you will need to bring into a customer service centre to prove your identity, address and medical condition.
Please note: do not post your documents to us. Please bring them with you to the customer service centre.
you can visit your nearest customer service centreand go through the application process instead of applying online.
Please note: if you are unable to take the documents in yourself, someone can take them for you, but they will need to take a validated passport photograph of you with them. Read the guidelines for validating a photograph on the validation of Blue Badge photographs page.
Please also note: you will not need to make an appointment if you wish to complete your initial application at a customer service centre rather than online but if further assessment is required (e.g. if you need a further mobility assessment) you may then need to make an appointment.
Applications for new badges and renewals can take up to ten weeks to process.
The time taken for your application to be processed depends on:
If your application for a new badge/renewal is approved, you will receive your badge in the post.
Please note: it is the responsibility of the badge holder to renew a Blue Badgebefore its expiry date, so please make sure you leave enough time for your new badge to arrive.
You should return badges to your nearest customer service centreif:
You will need to bring the following into a customer service centre:
Please note: Your application cannot be processed if you do not bring your supporting documents with you to the customer service centre.
Find your nearest customer service centre.
Please bring one proof of address with you. Acceptable proof of address includes:
Alternatively, you can give consent for the council to check your details on the council tax system.
Please bring one proof of identity with you. Acceptable proofs of identity include:
If you are automatically eligible for a Blue Badge because you meet the eligibility criteria, you will need to bring proof of the condition that makes you eligible.
This can include:
if you do not meet the automatic eligibility criteria and require a mobility assessment, they will be able to advise you if you need to bring any additional proofs of condition.
Yes. There is a £10 fee for a Blue Badge.
You can pay this by cash, cheque, or debit card, at any customer service centre once your application has been approved.
Please note: Payment facilities will close half an hour before the customer service centre closing times.
You are entitled to park in the following areas:
Off-street car parks, for example at supermarkets and hospitals, are not operated by the council. You will need to check whether you can park free of charge using your Blue Badge in these places by contacting the car park provider directly.
You can contact customer services for more information on Blue Badges and how to apply.
Tel: (01482) 393939