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Blue Badges (disabled parking permit)

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. 

Can disabled people get a parking permit (Blue Badge)?

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.

Who can apply for a Blue Badge?

You may be eligible for a badge if:

Carers for children with medical needs

If you are a carer for a child under the age of two, and

  • you need to transport bulky medical equipment, or
  • be near a vehicle for emergency treatment

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.

Eligibility criteria for individuals

You are automatically eligible for an individual Blue Badge if:

  • you, or the person you are applying for, is over two-years-old

and receive(s)

  • the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • a war pensioners supplement
  • a grant towards a vehicle

or

  • is registered blind
  • scores 8 points or above on the 'moving around' activity of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) , which is awarded to people who are either unable to walk or who cannot walk further than 50 metres.

You may also be eligible if:

  • you have disability in both arms, or
  • you have a permanent and substantial disability which causes an inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking

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.

Organisational badges

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)

How can I apply for or renew a Blue Badge?

Visit your nearest customer service centre to apply for a new badge or renew an existing badge – you don’t need an appointment.

You will need to bring original versions of documents with you to prove your identity, address and medical condition. 

We will take your photo using a webcam, so you don't need to bring one with you.

Please note: you may need to attend a separate independent mobility assessment (IMA) as part of your Blue Badge application. If you do require an assessment, you will receive details of where and when it will take place following this initial visit.

To begin the application process online visit the GOV.UK website. Following submission of the online form you will need to visit a customer service centre to provide proofs, photo and make your payment.

How long will the application/renewal process take?

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 you are automatically entitled to a badgeor badge renewal through the eligibility criteria
  • if you require an assessment from occupational health.

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.

If circumstances change, do I need to return my Blue Badge?

You should return badges to your nearest customer service centreif:

  • the badge holder dies
  • you no longer qualify for the badge, for instance if you stop receiving your Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • the badge is damaged
  • you hold another valid badge issued by another local authority which is also still valid.

What documents will I need to take with me to renew/apply for a Blue Badge?

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.

Proof of address

Please bring one proof of address with you. Acceptable proof of address includes:

  • council tax bill
  • recent utility bill

Alternatively, you can give consent for the council to check your details on the council tax system.

Proof of identity

Please bring one proof of identity with you. Acceptable proofs of identity include:

  • birth/adoption certificate
  • marriage certificate
  • passport
  • a valid driving licence.

Proof of condition

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:

  • blindness reports
  • HRMC DLA Certificate
  • Moving Around PIP Decision Letter
  • WPMS Certificate (War pensions mobility supplement)
  • Organisation Tax Disclosure
  • AFRCS Certificate (Armed forces and reserve forces compensation scheme)
  • Healthcare Professional Certificate for a child

or

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.

Will I have to pay for a Blue Badge?

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.

Find your nearest customer service centre.

Please note: Payment facilities will close half an hour before the customer service centre closing times.

Where can I park with a Blue Badge?

You are entitled to park in the following areas:

  • disabled spaces in any council-run car parks
  • disabled spaces on the street
  • metered or pay and display on street parking, for free, for as long as you require
  • on single and double yellow lines, for up to three hours (ensuring it is safe to do so, and no other restrictions apply).

Private car parks

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.

Who can I contact for more information?

You can contact customer services for more information on Blue Badges and how to apply.

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Last Updated: Wednesday, 02 May 2018