Blue parking badge allow drivers or passengers with severe mobility problems to park close to where they need to go. You must renew your badge at least 8 weeks before it expires.

Who can have a blue parking badge

A person is automatically eligible for a badge if they are over two years old and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • are in receipt of Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • are registered blind; or
  • receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement 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 or
  • are in receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) under the 'Moving Around' category, have been awarded eight points or more, and your condition is likely to last for at least 12 months.

Please note that documentary evidence will be required.

You may also qualify if you:

  • have a permanent and substantial disability, which causes an inability to walk or very 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 meter (or would find it very difficult to operate them).

You will not qualify if you:

  • have a psychological disorder, learning or behavioural problems. This will not normally qualify you unless your impairment causes very considerable, and not intermittent, difficulty in walking.
  • have a disabling condition that is only temporary, such as a broken leg.

Can I get a blue badge? the easy to read guide from the Department of Transport give you more information on who will qualify for a blue badge.


Organisations that care and transport a significant number of disabled people who meet the individual Blue Badge criteria, may be eligible for a Blue Badge. See our Blue parking badges for organisations for more information.


  • £10 application fee is payable for all successful applications and lasts for 3 years.
  • Applications can take 4-6 weeks to be assessed.

You should only pay for the badge once you know your application has been successful. We do not accept cheques or cash through the post.

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge

Fill in GOV.UK simple online form.

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Report lost or stolen badges

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Contact the Disabled Travel Team

If you know someone who would like to apply for a blue badge but does not have access to a computer, they can call into one of our Customer Service Centres, Library and Information centres or contact the Disabled Travel Team

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