If you need any help/advice or wish to make a payment, please call the Blue Badge Team on 0161 793 2500.
We also have an online blue badge contact form if you prefer to contact us this way.
Please note the current processing time for a blue badge is around two weeks, therefore please do not delay in completing your online application and providing as much supporting information. If your badge is due to expire and you haven’t had any contact from the team please ring us on 0161 793 2500 between 8.30am to 4.30pm from Monday to Friday.
A Blue Badge allows people with mobility and/or hidden disabilities to park closer to their destination. Blue Badge holders can be either the driver or the passenger of a vehicle they travel in.
In England, Blue Badge holders may generally park:
Organisations which transport and care for disabled people can apply for an organisational Blue Badge.
Expand the boxes below to find out who is automatically entitled to a blue badge and who may be entitled to a badge.
You are automatically entitled to a Blue Badge if any of the following apply:
If your PIP or DLA mobility component award is for less than three years, then your Blue Badge will run out at the same time.
Once we have received your application, we can check with the DWP to confirm your Personal Independence Payment (for moving around) or Disability Living Allowance award (mobility element).
Please note, there may be occasions where we will ask you to provide this information. If you need a replacement letter, please see our frequently asked questions page.
You may be entitled to a Blue Badge if you:
For children under three, the Blue Badge will be issued for a maximum of two years, and will automatically expire on their third birthday. If a Blue Badge is still required after the child reaches the age of three, an application will be considered under the automatic or assessed criteria.
The quickest and easiest way to apply for a new Blue Badge is online. There is a £10 fee for all successful applications. Please pay by credit/debit card to the Blue Badge Team or cash at a Gateway Centre/Hub.
All supporting information and fee needs to be provided within one month of your application, otherwise we will refuse you claim, and you may need to reapply again, if you still want a badge.
Please visit our FAQ page before starting your application, where you will find what information is needed and it may also answer any questions you have.
We require a recent passport sized photograph, this can be submitted at the time of your online application. This does not need to be certified.
Alternatively, you can have your photograph taken free of charge at one of our accessible Gateway Centres or Broughton Hub.
The form lets you save your application if you can't finish completing the form in one session. Return to a saved application.
Once you have submitted your application you cannot upload any new or further information/supporting documents therefore please call into one of our Gateway Centers or Broughton Hub who will pass this information on the Blue Badge Team, alternatively you can upload your information using the Blue Badge contact form.
If you do not have access to the internet or need help you can come to one of our Gateway Centers or Broughton Hub where someone will be there to offer you support and guide you through the online form and help with uploading your information.
If you have been awarded PIP or DLA mobility please present your most recent award letter that shows the breakdown of points and the expiry date. This will help the team advise you which is the correct application form that needs to be completed and prevent any delays.
If you or someone that you are helping apply for a Blue Badge has terminal illness then please select the ‘They have a terminal illness’ option when applying for a blue badge online. This ensures the application will be treated with priority.
The badge is only valid for the person it has been issued to. Their details will be printed on it. It must not be used by any one else.
It is an offence to park a vehicle in a designated disabled parking bay without a valid Blue Badge being clearly displayed. The badge must be displayed the correct way up, otherwise you will receive a parking ticket.
If you suspect that a person is misusing a Blue Badge you should contact the Blue Badge Team by using the Blue Badge contact form with the details of the badge and the person using the badge.
If you wish to contact a member of the team please use the Blue Badge Contact form, and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry within five working days.
If you have any questions about Blue Badges please see our frequently asked questions page.
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This page was last updated on 26 July 2021