Advisory disabled parking bay

What are the bays for?

The bays can be provided for disabled blue badge holders outside or near their place of residence. The bays act as advisory markings only on the carriageway indicating that a disabled person lives close by and that space is the most convenient place for them to park. The bays are available for any disabled person to use and cannot be reserved for any individual user. The council has decided that these facilities will not be covered by a Traffic Regulation Order and as such are not enforceable by the council or the police.

As the parking bay is advisory, the success of the marking relies on the support of the applicant’s neighbours to ensure that the space is kept clear for the applicant. The council reserves the right to not install the marking should it feel that it will not be successful or will lead to undue community tensions. Similarly, if the marking is installed and is shown to be causing problems in the neighbourhood, the council reserves the right to have the marking removed. 

Who can apply?

Anyone can apply for an advisory disabled parking bay who meets the following criteria:

  • Hold a valid blue badge 
  • Own a vehicle registered to the address where the bay is being requested,
  • Or there is a vehicle lease agreement in place for a resident of the address where the bay is being requested
  • You are the applicant’s carer and driver of the vehicle who resides at the same address as the applicant. You will be required to provide proof of carers residency at the applicant’s address (such as a bill in carers name under three months old)
  • Do not have a driveway, garage, or off-street parking place
  • The location where the bay is requested is not subject to waiting restrictions 

Please note these bays are not for commercial premises - they are for residential use only 

What you need to provide:

Please DO NOT send original documents

  • A photocopy of your vehicle registration document (V5) or if your vehicle is a Motability vehicle, please provide a copy of the contract hire agreement showing the hirer name and address
  • A photocopy of the front and back of your blue badge (Including photograph)

If the area you are requesting an advisory disabled parking bay is not owned by the local authority, we will ask you to obtain written permission from the landowner before we will consider the request further.

When your completed application form and supporting documents have been received, a site inspection will be carried out to determine whether or not it is possible to provide a bay as requested. We will take account of issues such as road safety, access to premises, traffic flow and the interests of the owners and occupiers of adjoining properties. Every application represents a unique case and a final decision will be made by the investigating officer or traffic engineer based on its merits.

What is the cost? 

Payment is only required after your request has been approved and if the applicant wishes to proceed with the provision of a bay.

  • There is a charge of £75 if the application is approved.
  • Should the bay require re-painting in the future the local authority will require a £75 contribution from the applicant towards the re-painting works.
  • If the removal of a bay is requested there is a charge of £90 payable by the applicant making the request.

Once payment has been received an instruction will be issued to the lining contractor and the work should be completed within six to eight (weeks weather permitting and subject to no vehicles parking at the location where the marking is being installed).

Apply for an advisory disabled parking bay

This page was last updated on 20 January 2022

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