Blue Badge scheme

About the Blue Badge scheme

Due to Covid-19, we are unable to offer face-to-face appointments or assessments and there is limited ability to handle telephone enquiries.

Our online and email service is currently unaffected.

The Blue Badge scheme helps people with an ongoing substantial disability which causes them to:

  • be unable to walk
  • experience very considerable difficulty whilst walking, which may include psychological distress
  • be at risk of serious harm or pose a risk to other people whilst walking

You can apply for yourself, someone else or an organisation.

The Blue Badge is issued to a person, not a vehicle. The badge holder must be in the vehicle when it is being used unless they are being picked up or dropped off.

Read more about the rights and responsibilities of Blue Badge Holders.

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge

You must check if you are eligible to apply for a Blue Badge on GOV.uk You can also use the service to reapply for a Blue Badge.

Do not pay anyone offering to help you complete the Blue Badge application form. They are not affiliated with the scheme and it could be a scam.

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What happens next?

If you are eligible, your application or renewal is sent to us. We will review it within eight weeks.

To complete your application, we will ask you some further questions about how you meet the criteria. You must provide us with satisfactory evidence for your application to be successful.

If you, or a friend, or family member cannot apply on your behalf, you can request a paper application form:

If we approve your application, we will tell you how you can pay the £10 fee.

Once we receive your payment, we will process your Blue Badge within one week. You will receive it within 7 to 10 working days.

Appeals

If we refuse your application, we will:

  • tell you why and we will not charge you
  • explain the appeals procedure, if needed

You can ask us to reconsider your case if you do not think all the important information you provided was taken into account.

You can also reapply if your mobility problems become more serious.

Report a lost or stolen Blue Badge

You should report a stolen badge to the police. Blue Badges are valuable in the wrong hands.

If the badge was issued by us:

If the badge was issued by another organisation, please contact them directly.

If your badge was lost, stolen or damaged, we will ask you to fill in a replacement form. You must pay a £10 fee.

Report misuse of a Blue Badge

You can only let someone else use your Blue Badge if:

  • you are in the car with them
  • they are picking you up or dropping you off and they need to park close to where you need to go

If someone else is driving you, you must let them know the rules. Read more about the rights and responsibilities of Blue Badge Holders.

If proven misused, we may ask for your Blue Badge back.

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It is a criminal offence to use a Blue Badge if you are not disabled. You could be fined up to £1,000.