Blue badges

Blue Badges allow disabled people to park closer to where they need to. Blue badge holders can be either the driver or the passenger of a vehicle they travel in.

Changes to eligibility 

The local government guidance received from the Department of Transport regarding hidden disabilities has been published and Salford are reviewing this in anticipation of the legislation changes that will come into effect on 30 August 2019.

There will be no changes to the application process until this date. Applicants who would like to apply under this new criteria will need to wait until this change comes into effect. Details of the hidden disability changes are on the GOV.UK website

In England, blue badge holders may generally park:

  • On single or double yellow lines for up to three hours, except where there is a ban on loading or unloading
  • At 'on-street' parking meters and pay-and-display machines for free and for as long as they need to

Organisations which transport disabled people can apply for organisational blue badges.

Automatic entitlement

You are automatically entitled to a blue badge if any of the following apply:

  • You receive the enhanced rate PIP (Personal Independence Payment) for moving around
  • You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of DLA (Disability Living Allowance)
  • You are registered blind
  • You receive a War Pensioner's mobility supplement

If your PIP or DLA is for less than three years, then your blue badge will run out at the same time. 

If providing a PIP award letter for mobility please ensure it is dated within the last 12 months and shows both the breakdown of points awarded and the expiry date.

Discretionary entitlement

You may be entitled to a blue badge if you are two years old or over and:

  • Drive a motor vehicle regularly and have a severe disability in both arms which makes it very difficult or impossible to use parking meters
  • Have a permanent and sustainable disability which makes walking very difficult or impossible

Children under two years old may be entitled to a blue badge if they:

  • Have a condition where they need to be accompanied by bulky medical equipment, which is difficult to carry round
  • Have a condition where they need quick access to a motor vehicle, so that they can be treated in the vehicle, or taken quickly somewhere they can be treated

For children under two years of age, the blue badge will be issued for a maximum of two years, and will automatically expire on their third birthday. If a badge is still required after the child reaches the age of three, an application will be considered under the automatic or assessed criteria.

How to apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a new blue badge is online. There is a £10 fee for all successful applications.

Apply for a blue badge online

You can come to one of our Gateway centres or Broughton Hub where someone will be there to offer you support and guide you through the online form.

If you or someone that you are helping apply for a blue badge has a terminal illness then please contact 0161 793 2500.


If you have not uploaded your photograph with your online application we will need one passport sized photograph with your name written on the back. 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.

Tackling abuse and misuse

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.

Frequently asked questions

Where do I return supporting information to?

You can return them to any of the following places:

Who do I make the cheque/postal order payable to?

Salford City Council

How long does a blue badge last for?

A badge is issued for a maximum of three years. Badges can end sooner if there is an end to any eligible benefits, for example Personal Independence Payments (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS).

In the case of a child under three years of age, the badge will expire on the day after their third birthday. They will then need to apply for a blue badge in the same way as other children over the age of three.

Lost or stolen badges

You can apply for a replacement badge online. There is a £10 admin fee for any replacement. You will not usually have to have your photo taken again.

My badge is due to expire and needs renewing, what do I need to do?

You should have received a reminder eight weeks before it runs out. All renewals must now be done online.

When will I receive my badge?

You will usually receive your blue badge within six weeks of us receiving the form and supporting information, photo's and payment. The new badge will have a start date printed on it. You cannot use the badge until that date.

How to amend my preferred contact method

If you would like to change your preferred method of contact then please complete our online form and we will change this for you. Please include the details for the new contact method, for example, if you choose to change to email then include your email address.

What do I do with my old badge?

Once the badge has expired please return it to:

Why do I need to record my vehicle registration?

Although the blue badge can be used for any vehicle you are travelling in, by supplying us with this information, we can reduce the amount of fraud and misuse, making it easier for you to benefit from your badge.

Where can I get more information?

Visit the GOV.UK website and search for blue badges.

Alternatively, you can contact using the blue badge contact form.

Downloadable documents

If you are unable to view documents of these types, our downloads page provides links to viewing software.

This page was last updated on 5 August 2019

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