A Blue Badge is a parking permit for people who have severe mobility problems caused by on-going and substantial visible or non-visible disabilities. It allows them easier access to goods and services.
How coronavirus has affected Blue Badge applications
We are still taking applications as normal, and are able to issue badges if the documents supplied are enough to prove you are eligible.
A small number of applications may be delayed if assessment by an Occupational Therapist is required.
Expired Blue Badges must not be used and you could receive a fine for doing so.
How to apply for a Blue Badge
The quickest and easiest way to apply for a Blue Badge is on the GOV.UK website. You will go through the step by step application process and will be given instructions on the documents you need and how to upload them. If you need to get in touch with us about your application, you can use Live Chat (see above) or email email@example.com
If you are unable to apply online, and no one can support you by applying on your behalf, you can collect a paper application form from your local library. While libraries are closed due to lockdown measures, please contact us and we can post you a form.
If posting documents you should send copies, do not send original documents. Supporting documents that are received are scanned and then securely destroyed.
A Blue Badge costs £10. Payment will only be taken if your application is successful.
You must adequately evidence the difficulties you experience whilst walking, this applies to those reapplying for an expiring Blue Badge as well as first time applications. Applications that cannot be verified by documentary evidence or records we already hold will be found not eligible. A record of holding a previous Blue Badge in itself is not sufficient to issue another.
Please note that if you applied under a qualifying benefit, under Department for Transport guidelines the duration of the Blue Badge will be until the end date of that award if it is less than three years. You will need to make a new application and associated payment when this Blue Badge nears expiry.
Reapplying for an expiring badge
You can reapply when your Blue Badge is due to expire at GOV.UK using the same form as for new applications.
Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you apply for your new badge when your current one nears expiry. We do not send reminder letters.
If you have already applied for a Blue Badge you can check the progress of your application on our site. It takes six to eight weeks for us to issue a Blue Badge after we receive your application and all supporting evidence.