Disabled parking permits (Blue Badges)
You can park in certain restricted areas if driving or travelling as a passenger with a disabled parking permit. The permits are called Blue Badges.
Who can apply
Drivers or passengers with mobility issues may be eligible for a Blue Badge which is valid for between 12 months and 3 years. You'll need to reapply after this time.
Some people can get a Blue Badge automatically and others may need a further assessment. Organisations can apply for badges if they transport disabled people. Check if you meet the criteria for a Blue Badge:
Pilot scheme - people with a mental disorder or cognitive impairment
A 12 month pilot scheme is currently running which extends the criteria for a blue badge to include people with a diagnosed mental disorder which means they have little or no awareness of the dangers from traffic.
There is a separate application form that includes the extended criteria if you or the person you're applying for has a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment.
Applying or reapplying
The online form should take about 15 minutes to complete. You'll need to provide:
- your name, address and date of birth
- your driving licence number (if you have one)
- your National Insurance or NHS number
- proof of address and ID
- proof of entitlement
- a passport-sized photograph
- details of your current badge (if you have one)
You can also:
- Download an application form
- Collect a form from one of our Customer Service Centres
- Collect a form from one of our Social Work offices
It can take up to 10 weeks to process applications depending on your circumstances.
Using your Blue Badge
You can use your badge when you are travelling as a driver or a passenger. The badge must be displayed where it can be clearly read from outside the vehicle. The front of the badge should face upwards, showing the wheelchair symbol.
The badge can't be used if the badge holder isn't travelling in the vehicle. You might get a parking fine and have the badge withdrawn if it is misused.