Apply for a disabled (Blue Badge) parking permit

The Blue Badge scheme is a national arrangement of parking concessions. If you qualify for a blue badge and are either a driver or passenger, you will be allowed to park close to facilities and services such as public buildings, shops, etc. You would automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if you:

  • Are receiving High Rate Mobility Disability Living Allowance
  • Are on a War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
  • Have a motability grant for your own car
  • Have a Government issued car
  • Have a severe disability in both upper limbs, drive a motor vehicle regularly but cannot turn the steering wheel by hand
  • Are a registered blind person

A Blue Badge may also be granted to people who have a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or considerable difficulty in walking. In this instance we would write to the GP for authorisation.

How to apply

Apply for a Blue Badge online

Alternatively, download and complete a Blue Badge Application Form (PDF)

A printed application form can also be picked up from Customer Services.

You will need to provide two 'passport style' photos in a digital format. If you do not have the facilities to provide a digital photo, this service can be provided free of charge by visiting Customer Services.

The cost of a Blue Badge application is £10 and the badge should be renewed every 3 years.  

Additional information

If your blue badge has been stolen you should contact the police on 101 who will provide a crime reference number. The Council will need this number in order to process a duplicate badge. You will also need to provide 2 further passport photos and a £5 fee. If submitting these through the post, please supply a short covering letter explaining the circumstances.

If you have changed your address since your current badge was issued, can you please either telephone 01793 463327 or email to inform the Blue Badge team of your change of circumstances.

If you no longer require your blue badge please return it to Customer Services. We will then update our records so no renewal reminders are sent.

For further information about Blue Badges, please see the Department for Transport - Blue Badge Scheme website.

Residents' parking permits

Resident Permits are free of charge to Blue Badge holders. Please see the Parking Permits for New Residents webpage for further details.

Last updated: 01 October 2015. Was this information helpful?

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