If you are disabled, a Blue Badge allows you to use designated parking spaces and park in paid parking zones for longer periods of time. Blue Badge holders can be either the driver or the passenger of the vehicle.
Blue Badges belong to the disabled person and must not be used by anyone other than the disabled person.
Introduction of new eligibility criteria for non-visible (hidden) conditions on 30 August 2019
The Department for Transport recently extended the eligibility criteria for Blue Badges to include some people with non-visible (hidden, non-physical) conditions.
This change came into effect on 30 August 2019.
Who can get a Blue Badge?
You are automatically eligible if you:
- are severely sight impaired or blind
- receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and have scored 8 points or more in the ‘moving around’ area of your assessment
- receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and have scored 10 points specifically for Descriptor E under the “planning and following journeys” activity
- receive the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
- have received a lump sum benefit as part of the Armed Forces Compensation scheme (tariffs 1 to 8), and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability
- have been diagnosed as having a terminal illness (DS1500)
You may be eligible if you:
- drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty operating, all or some types of parking meter
- have a permanent and substantial disability which means you cannot walk or find walking very difficult
- have a non-visible (hidden) condition; find out more about the criteria
- have children under the age of three, who have a disability due to a medical condition and need to travel with bulky equipment or be close to a vehicle for emergency medical treatment
- represent an organisation which cares for people with disabilities who meet one of the criteria listed above
You will need to provide evidence to support your application. You may also need to attend an assessment.
Information you will need to provide when you apply for a Blue Badge
You will need to provide the following information when you apply for a Blue Badge:
- proof of your address, dated in the last 12 months
- proof of identity such as a passport, driving licence or Birth Certificate
- a recent passport-standard photograph showing your face and shoulders
- documents to prove that you are eligible for a Blue Badge, for example, a letter from the DWP stating that you receive the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance
- documentation to prove that you have a non-visible (hidden) condition
Apply for or renew a Blue Badge
We no longer need to see the person who the Blue Badge is for, unless they are asked to attend a mobility assessment later in the process.
You can renew your Blue Badge up to two months before it expires. We recommend that you apply at least a month before the expiry date.
Applications can be made online 24 hours a day. You can send your supporting documentation and pay the £10 fee with the online application.
You will need to set up an account when you apply online.
What if I cannot apply online?
You can ask another person to apply on your behalf if you would struggle to make an online application yourself.
The council's One Stop Shop service will help customers who are unable to complete the online application and have no one available to help them. You can go to any One Stop Shop and you do not need to make an appointment. You may need to wait to be seen.
The customer must ensure that they have all of the information in the checklist with them when applying. You will also need a credit or debit card or a cheque to pay the £10 fee. Otherwise we will not be able to process the Blue Badge application.
Blue Badge for organisations
A Blue Badge can be issued to an organisation that transports disabled people who, if they applied for a Blue Badge as individuals, would qualify in their own right.
It can only be used when transporting disabled people and must not be used for any other business.
Apply for a Blue Badge on behalf of an organisation
A senior representative may apply online on behalf of an organisation. You can send your supporting documentation, with evidence of your business address, with the online application. The £10.00 fee can also be paid online.
Replace a Blue Badge
If you lose a Blue Badge you can apply for a replacement using the form below. A £10 fee will be payable.
Cancel a Blue Badge
If you are no longer eligible then you should cancel your Blue Badge. You can also do this on behalf of someone else.
Blue Badge policy
For more information on the council's Blue Badge Policy and Procedures please call us on 0151 666 4529. Please leave a message, your name and your contact details and one of our advisers will get back to you.