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 disabled people can apply for organisational Blue Badges.
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.
If providing a PIP or Higher Rate of Disability Living Allowance 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. If you cannot provide an award letter within the last 12 months or you have lost your 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.
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 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.
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 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 10 January 2020