Apply for a blue badge
The blue badge scheme allows disabled people park close to their destination. The badges cost £10 and are issued to people, not vehicles, so you can use the badge in any vehicle you travel in.
The badge is for drivers or passengers with severe walking difficulties; blind people, or people who have severe upper limb disabilities and regularly drive.
Do I qualify for a blue badge?
There are two types of qualifying criteria for a blue badge: automatic and discretionary. Citizens Advice Bureau - eligibility has more information on who is eligible for the badge.
If you apply under the discretionary criteria you may need to attend an independent medical assessment in the city centre.
Organisations that care for and transport disabled people can also apply for a badge.
How do I apply for a blue badge?
- Apply online through DirectGov using the 'Apply for a blue badge' quick link above. You should also use this online form for automatic, discretionary or organisational badges. You will also be able to submit all your supporting documents. Alternatively, download the documents at the bottom of this page.
- Apply via post by completing the relevant form at the bottom of this page and returning to the address on the front.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if my badge needs renewing?
If you already have a blue badge that needs renewing, a new application will need to be completed. We will send you a reminder letter a few months before your badge expires.
How long will the application take?
Your application may take up to six weeks to be processed. If your application is not successful we will write to you and send you details about the reassessment process.
What if I lose my badge or if it is stolen?
Replacement badges are available at a cost of £10. You can report a lost or stolen blue badge using the 'Report a lost or stolen blue badge' quick link above.
Misuse of blue badges
The misuse of a blue badge is a criminal offence. You can report the misuse of a blue badge using our online form which is linked above in quick links.
It has come to our attention that there are a number of third party websites charging up to £50 and more to process Blue Badge applications. Please avoid these and use only the official form, where if you meet the eligibility criteria for a blue badge you will only be charged £10.
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