Blue badge scheme
What the Blue Badge scheme is
A Blue Badge:
- allows drivers or passengers with severe mobility problems to park close to where they need to go.
- provides a range of on-street parking concessions.
- allows badge holders to park without charge or time limit in places such as on-street disabled bays and at on-street parking meters and pay and display machines. Badge holders can also park on yellow lines for up to three hours, unless a ban on loading or unloading is in force.
It does not:
- apply to off-street car parks, like supermarkets and hospitals, or privately owned roads.
How to qualify for a Blue Badge
- This easy to read guide from the Department for Transport tells you who will qualify for a blue badge a Can I get a Blue Badge?
Apply for, or renew a Blue Badge
- Online using our Blue Badge application form
- Telephone 01484 414847
- Visit any Customer Service Centre or Library and Information Centre
Please remember to renew your badge at least six weeks before it expires. It is an offence to use an expired badge for parking and you will receive a fine.
Each application must be supported with a photo and proof of identity. If you're application is successful you'll also need to pay a fee.
Your photo must be of passport quality, taken against a light grey or cream background within the last three years. Write your name and postcode on the back of it. If you experience difficulties accessing photo booths, some high street photo shops may be able to take passport photographs, or contact us to make an appointment to have your photo taken, free of charge.
Proof of identity:
Can include a valid passport, UK driving license, or birth or marriage certificate. Please do not send original documents. We accept photocopies.
If you would like information returning, please supply a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
If you qualify for the higher rate of mobility component of Disability Living Allowance, you should supply your entitlement letter, dated within 12 months.
- Each badge costs £10 and normally lasts for three years (correct at 1 Jan 2012).
- 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.
Where you can park
On-street pay and display bays
- Display your blue badge
- Park all day, free of charge
Car park pay and display bays
- Display your blue badge
- Your clock showing your arrival time.
- Stay up to the maximum time allowed on the tariff board.
Some privately owned car parks, including Kingsgate do not offer concessions. Check terms and conditions of privately owned car parks like supermarkets as charges may still apply.
Report misused, lost or stolen badges
You must return a badge to us if:
- it expires
- it is a replacement badge for one that is lost or stolen and the original is found or recovered. The original should be officially destroyed
- it is no longer required by the holder
- it is damaged or faded
- the badge holder is no longer eligible (or in the case of an organisational badge, the organisation no longer exists or is no longer eligible)
- the badge holder passes away
If your badge is lost or stolen:
Rights and responsibilitiesRead The Blue Badge scheme: rights and responsibilities in England website
Blue Badges for organisations
Organisations concerned with the care of disabled people can apply for a Blue Badge for vehicles like minibuses, or specially adapted commercial vehicles, which will be used to carry disabled people who would themselves qualify for an individual Blue Badge. Organisational badges will only be issued to organisations which:
- care for and transport disabled people who would meet the eligibility criteria for a individual Blue Badge; and
- have a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the individual Blue Badges of people it transports.
It is unlikely that taxi or private hire operators and community transport operators would be eligible for an organisational Blue Badge.
Organisational badges should only be used when transporting disabled people in their care who meet the eligibility criteria for a badge and must not be used for the employee's benefit when they are carrying out other business on behalf of the organisation.
The fee for each badge is £10 and is normally issued for three years. You should only pay for the badge(s) once you know it has been successful.
Apply for organisation badge(s): Organisational Blue Badge form
If your application is unsuccessful
If you disagree with our decision you can appeal by writing to us within one calendar month of the date of the refusal letter.
Include any additional information you believe to be relevant, for instance further information on the mobility difficulties you experience and why you feel you meet the criteria for a blue badge need a blue badge. This information needs to be current and relevant to the eligibility criteria.
- review the additional information you provide
- look at our decision again
- write to you with the outcome of our findings
- tell you about the next stage in the appeal process if you still disagree with our decision.