The Blue Badge scheme helps you park nearer to your destination if you have a disability.
It can take up to eight weeks to process a Blue Badge application once we have the required documents.
The ‘eligible without further assessment’ criteria
People who will be issued with a badge without further assessment are those who are more than two years old and fall within one or more of the following descriptions:
- Receive the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA); or
- Receive 8 points or more under the 'moving around’ descriptor of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP); or
- Receives the mobility component of (PIP) and obtained 10 points specifically for Descriptor E under the “planning and following journeys” activity, on the grounds that they are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause them overwhelming psychological distress; or
- Are registered blind (severely sight impaired); or
- Receive the War Pensioners Mobility Supplement (WPMS); or
- Have been both 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.
If you apply online you will need to send or email your proof of entitlement, photo (if not uploaded) and any supporting documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Rutland County Council Catmose Street Oakham Rutland LE15 6HP
Alternatively, you can take your application, photo & supporting documents to Customer Services for them to be checked. View a list of accepted proofs, and read our guidance on photo ID.
A £10 application fee is also payable.
Apply for a badge without further assessment.
The ‘eligible subject to further assessment’ criteria
People who may be issued with a badge after further assessment are those who are more than two years old and may be described as one or more of the following:
- A person who drives a vehicle regularly, has a severe disability in both arms and is unable to operate, or has considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter; or
- A person who has been certified by an expert assessor as having an enduring and substantial disability which causes them, during the course of a journey*, to:
- Be unable to walk (that is, to put “one foot in front of the other”);
- Experience very considerable difficulty whilst walking, which may include very considerable psychological distress; or
- Be at risk of serious harm when walking, or pose, when walking, a risk of serious harm to any other person.
*A journey refers to moving between a vehicle and your destination, e.g. from the car to the shop.
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, due to a condition, must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty
- A child who, due to a condition, must always be kept near to a motor vehicle so that treatment for that condition can be given in the vehicle if necessary, or the child can be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where such treatment can be given.
We may ask you to attend an independent assessment if we can't decide from your application form whether you are eligible. It's free and carried out by a qualified professional.
Further information for people with non-visible (hidden) conditions
You may be eligible if your condition results in a severe struggle with journeys between a vehicle and your destination. This may include people who:
- are a constant significant risk to themselves or others near vehicles, in traffic or car parks, or
- regularly find it difficult or impossible to control their actions and lack awareness of the impact they could have on others, or
- regularly have intense and overwhelming responses to situations, causing temporary loss of behavioural control, or
- frequently become extremely anxious or fearful of public or open spaces.
Due to the nature of non-visible (hidden) conditions, we will assess your application by looking at your needs and you will be expected to provide evidence, such as a diagnosis letter, medical reports, appointment letters, prescriptions or a care plan.
You do not qualify for a Blue Badge if:
- Your condition does not impact your mobility or you have a temporary condition such as a broken leg.
- In all cases, entitlement depends on the applicant's difficulty when walking, and considerations such as difficulty in carrying parcels or luggage are not to be taken into account.
- Applicants are unlikely to qualify if the presence of someone supporting the applicant negates the risk and reduces or prevents the psychological distress caused.
If you apply online www.gov.uk you will need to send or email your proof of entitlement, photo (if not uploaded) and any supporting documents to: email@example.com or Rutland County Council Catmose Street Oakham Rutland LE15 6HP.
Alternatively, you can take your application, photo & supporting documents to Customer Services for them to be checked. View a list of accepted proofs, and read our guidance on photo ID
Once your request has been assessed you will be contacted and asked for payment of the £10 fee.
How to pay
- You can make an online payment
- A cheque made payable to Rutland County Council can be put in the post.
- You can call Customer Services on 01572 722577 and make a payment over the phone.
Rights and responsibilities
The Department for Transport has developed a useful guide for Blue Badge holders. It explains your responsibilities as a badge holder as well as how to display the badge and when you need to use a parking clock.
Visit www.gov.uk to find out more
It should be noted that the Blue Badge remains the property of the issuing local authority which has powers to withdraw the Blue Badge in some circumstances. The authority may also require the return of a Blue Badge on account of its misuse leading to a relevant conviction, or where the authority is satisfied that the Blue Badge was obtained by false representation.