Blue badge (disabled parking permit)

Who can apply for a blue badge?

You can apply for a blue badge if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You are a carer for a child under two years of age and need to transport bulky medical equipment, or be near a vehicle for emergency treatment.

  2. You, or the person you are applying for, is over two years of age and one or more of the following:

  • is in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance 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;
  • is receiving a war pensioners supplement;
  • is receiving a grant towards a vehicle;
  • is registered blind;
  • has a disability in both arms, making it difficult or impossible to operate a parking meter;
  • has a permanent and substantial disability which causes an inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.

Please note: If you are not automatically eligible for a blue badge under the eligibility criteria listed, you will be assessed at a later date as part of the application process.

Blue badges for organisations

Some organisations may be eligible for a blue badge if they both care for and transport disabled people who meet the eligibility criteria. We would need to consider whether the organisation had a need for an organisational badge rather than using individual badges.

More information on the criteria for who can receive a blue badge can be found on the Department for Transport website.

Department for Transport (DFT) - blue badge information (external website)

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How can I apply for/renew/return a blue badge?

You can apply for a new blue badge, renew an old one and return a blue badge by calling or emailing the customer services network;

Tel: (01482) 393939

Email: customer.services@eastriding.gov.uk

Once you have spoken to the customer service staff, they will be able to advise if you are eligible for a badge and what proofs you will need to bring in to a customer service centre.

Renewing a blue badge

It is the responsibility of the badge holder to ensure that they renew their badge in a timely manner, as it approaches the expiry date.

We recommend that you apply for a renewal 10 weeks prior to the date of expiry.

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What proofs will I need to take with me to renew/apply for a blue badge?

To apply for a blue badge, you will need to bring proofs of 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.

Passport size photograph

You can bring this with you or if you prefer you can have your photograph taken at the customer service centre as all the centres have cameras available to take your photograph.

Please note: If you are making an application on behalf of someone who cannot come to the customer service centre, the photograph will need to be validated as per the following guidelines:

Guidelines for the validation of Blue Badge photographs (pdf 47kb opens in new window)

Proof of address

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

  • 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

Please bring one proof of the condition that makes you eligible to apply for a blue badge. These conditions include:

  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cystic Fybrosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Rheumatoid Athritis

You will need to provide some proof of this condition, such as a letter from your consultant or appointment letters.

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Will I have to pay for a blue badge?

Yes – there is a £10 fee for a blue badge, payable once your application has been approved.

This can be paid by cash, cheque, or debit card, at any customer service centre.

Find your nearest customer service centre.

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

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Where can I park with a blue badge?

If you have a blue badge displayed, 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.

For a full list and details please refer to the following Department for Transport webpage:

Department for Transport (DFT) - blue badge information (external website)

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