If you're disabled, a Blue Badge allows you to park legally near to places you need to visit.
The Blue Badge is for any eligible disabled person whether you're travelling as a driver, or as a passenger. It allows you to park free in some pay and display car parks and on single and double yellow lines in most streets for up to three hours.
Although this is a national scheme that operates throughout the UK and is recognised in Europe, it’s delivered locally by us. We only issue badges in accordance with the guidelines and regulations provided by the Department for Transport (DfT).
Blue Badges cost £10, for both new and replacement badges.
Please note: If you're unable to upload your documents or photograph to your online Blue Badge application, they can be emailed to email@example.com. Please include your tracking reference number and surname when sending your documents to us.
If you're required to supply evidence of your disability benefit and need a letter dated within the last 12 months, please contact the disability benefits helpline.
After submitting your application, you must then:
Please note: To make a payment online you need to be using a secure, up-to-date web browser: More information and how to update your browser.
Badges are renewed every three years with reminders sent out six weeks before your badge is due to expire. Renewing a badge remains your responsibility and you'll need the details of your current badge when applying for a renewal.
If we decide you need further assessment, an appointment will be arranged to see our independent physiotherapist for a face-to-face assessment.
Who can have a Blue Badge?
You could automatically qualify for a blue badge if you're:
- In receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
- In receipt of 8 points or more for the 'Moving Around' element of the mobility component of Personal independence Payment (PIP)
- In receipt of a war pensioner's mobility supplement
- Has been awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
- Registered blind (partially sighted is not an automatic qualification for a badge).
You may qualify for a badge if you're more than three years old and either:
- Have a permanent and substantial disability which means you're unable to walk or have considerable difficulty in walking
- Drive a motor vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate all or some types of parking meters
Please note: You may be asked to provide medical evidence to support your condition and/or be asked to attend a face to face assessment with an independent physiotherapist.
In addition, children under the age of three may be eligible for a badge if they fall within either or both of the following descriptions:
- A child who, on account of a condition, must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty;
- A child who, on account of a condition, must always be kept near a motor vehicle so that, if necessary, treatment for that condition can be given in the vehicle or the child can be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where such treatment can be given.
Lost or stolen Blue Badge
If your badge is lost, stolen or damaged please report it online for a replacement. Before you receive your replacement you must pay £10.
Appeal against a decision
If your application has been refused, you can ask us to reconsider the decision in writing within 28 days. You can include any further information which may support a successful application. You will be asked to attend a mobility assessment with a physiotherapist. A decision may take longer if further evidence is required.
If the decision remains not to award a Blue Badge, we'll write to you with a full explanation. Whether the review is successful or not, the decision is final.
Please note: The rules about eligibility for a Blue Badge have changed considerably. Even if you've been issued with a Blue Badge in the past, this does not mean that you will be issued one again.
Remember: Never pay someone to apply for you!
Please ignore any websites or companies which offer to apply for a Blue Badge on your behalf for a fee. There's no need to pay to apply for a Blue Badge, you can do it yourself online via GOV.UK.
If you've been affected by a scam like this then contact Citizens Advice who can explain how to report the website/company and how to try and get your money back. Call 03454 040506 or visit the CAB website.