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How to apply for a Blue Badge

If you or your passenger has severe mobility problems, the Blue Badge scheme lets you park closer to your destination than you might otherwise be able to. 

What is a Blue Badge?

A Blue Badge lets you use more accessible parking options, including disabled parking spaces. 

If you receive a Blue Badge, only you can use it. This means if someone else is picking you up or dropping you off they'll be able to use it – but you can’t lend it to someone to go and do shopping for you, for example.

If you don't need the badge anymore you have to return it to your local council.

Where can I park with a Blue Badge?

Blue Badge holders are exempt from certain parking restrictions. They're allowed to park:

  • free of charge at on-street parking meters and in Pay and Display bays
  • on single or double yellow lines for up to 3 hours, except where there's a ban on loading or unloading.

Some local councils put additional restrictions on Blue Badge holders. You should check with the local council in the area you’re parking in to find out what their rules are. The scheme doesn't apply in certain boroughs in London, which offer their own parking concessions.

Who can get a Blue Badge?

You should automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if one or more of these criteria apply to you:

  • you get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance 
  • you claim Personal Independence Payment because you can’t walk further than 50 metres
  • your mental health stops you from making journeys because of overwhelming distress 
  • you have a permanent and substantial disability which means you're unable to walk or find it very difficult to walk (you'll need to prove this and you might have to be assessed by a medical professional, such as a physiotherapist or occupational therapist)
  • you're registered as blind
  • you receive a War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement 
  • you have received a lump sum benefit from the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme (within tariff levels 1-8).

If you don’t automatically qualify you may still be able to get a Blue Badge if:

  • you have problems walking – including problems caused by hidden conditions such as dementia or mental health problems
  • you have a severe disability in both arms which means you have considerable difficulty using parking meters
  • you often become extremely anxious or fearful of public or open spaces.

If you have a terminal illness that means you can’t walk or find walking very difficult, you might qualify for a Blue Badge. You might need an SR1 form, so contact your local council to check.

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How to apply for a Blue Badge

You can apply for or renew your Blue Badge . Some councils also let you apply on a paper form – contact your local council to check.

Before you apply, make sure you have:

  • a recent digital passport photo
  • proof of identity
  • proof of address
  • proof of any benefits you’re receiving
  • your National Insurance number or child reference number if you’re applying for a child
  • the number, expiry date and local council on your current Blue Badge, if you're reapplying.

Depending on what you put on the application form, the council may ask you to provide extra information. This could be more information on any medication you take or treatments you receive, and any letters you've received from healthcare professionals. The council may also ask to carry out further assessments to decide if you’re eligible.

Be careful when applying

Only your local council or GOV.UK can issue you a genuine Blue Badge. Don't use any other ways to apply and if you think you've been scammed you should report it.

More Blue Badge questions

When do I need to renew my Blue Badge?

Blue Badges usually last for 3 years, and you'll need to reapply before your old one expires as you can't use an expired badge.

You renew your badge the same way you apply for a new one, through the GOV.UK website.

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How long does a Blue Badge application take?

It can take up to 3 months to process your application, depending on your council and whether you need further assessment. It’s best to ask them how long it’s likely to take when you apply.

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What should I do if my Blue Badge application is refused?

If your application is refused, your local council should tell you why. If you don’t think all relevant information was considered, you can ask them to reconsider your case.

If your mobility problems get worse, you can reapply.

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Last updated: May 23 2024

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