The Blue Badge scheme is for people with severe mobility problems.
It allows anybody that has a Blue Badge to park close to where they need to go.
The scheme operates throughout most areas in the UK and is intended for on-street parking only.
Off-street car parks, such as those provided in council, hospital or supermarket car parks are governed by separate rules.
How do I apply for a Blue Badge?
You can obtain a Blue Badge application form either by telephone or by email:
Please contact our Customer Service Team on: 01572 722 577 or at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be happy to send an application form to you in the post or by printing the application form.
As you would expect, there is strict criteria that you must meet when applying for a Blue Badge. Anyone automatically qualifies for a Blue Badge if they:
- Are registered blind
- Are receiving a War Pensioner’s Mobility supplement
- Are receiving the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
- Are receiving 8 points or more for the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment
You'll also automatically qualify if you've received a lump sum benefit from the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme (within tariff levels 1-8). You must also have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
If you do not automatically qualify? Your eligibility will need to be assessed by us and we will decide if you can have a blue badge. We might also ask you to be assessed by an independent mobility assessor, like an Occupational Therapist and/or ask for information from health care professionals involved in your treatment or care.
Anyone may be eligible for a Blue Badge, if they either have either a permanent and substantial disability which means they cannot walk or makes walking very difficult or drive a motor vehicle regularly and have a severe disability in both arms, making it very difficult or impossible to operate parking meters.
You can also find out more information about Blue Badges for parents of children with disabilities on the Direct.gov website
Appeal a decision
If you do not qualify for a Blue Badge but would like to appeal against this decision, we have a Blue Badge Appeals process in place. You can also view the latest information on the Direct.gov website (blue badge scheme).
We will also send out a 'Blue Badge Rights and Responsibilities Booklet' with every new badge issued. You can view this on the Department for Transport website. This booklet is also available from the DfT in Braille, Audio Tape, and CD format by calling 0300 123 1102