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The Blue Badge scheme is a national arrangement of parking concessions to allow disabled people park close to their destination.


Do you qualify for a Blue Badge?

How to apply for a Blue Badge

How much does a Badge cost?

What you need to tell us? 

If your application is unsuccessful

Other information

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The Blue Badge scheme is designed for people who

  • have severe walking difficulties and travel either as a driver or passenger
  • are registered blind
  • have severe upper limb disabilities and regularly drive a vehicle, but cannot turn a steering wheel by hand.


Badges are issued to people, not vehicles, so you can use the Badge in any vehicle you travel in.

Organisations that provide a transport service to disabled people can also apply for an organisational badge.

Do you qualify for a Blue Badge?

There are two types of qualifying criteria for a Blue Badge: automatic and discretionary.


Automatic criteria

The Department for Transport's guidelines for Blue Badges state that you automatically qualify if:

  • You are registered blind under the National Assistance Act 1958 (partially sighted doe not qualify) or
  • You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance or
  • You receive 8 points or more under the 'Moving Around' mobility component of Personal Independent Payment - PIP
  • You can provide a letter from The Service Personnel and Veteran’s Agency confirming that you are in receipt of tariffs 1-8 under the Armed Force Order 2011.


Discretionary criteria

You may also apply if:

  • Your disability is permanent and substantial and causes in ability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
  • You drive regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating all or some types of parking meter.

If you apply under discretionary criteria you may need to attend a medical assessment by an independent mobility assessor. Assessments are held at Grey Friars in Leicester city centre, where we provide parking. 

You will not qualify for a Blue Badge if

  • you have a temporary disability, such as a broken leg
  • you suffer from a psychological disorder
  • your problem relates to carrying shopping
  • your condition is intermittent and does not continuously affect your ability to walk.

In addition, children under the age of three may be eligible for a badge if they fall within either or both of the following descriptions: 

  • A child who, on account of a condition, must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty 

  • Child who, on account of a condition, must always be kept near a motor vehicle so that, if necessary, treatment for that condition can be given in the vehicle or the child can be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where such treatment can be given.


How to apply for a Blue Badge

You need to complete an application form. You can download a form below or

      Discretionary Blue Badge application form


If you qualify under the automatic criteria we can complete your application while you wait at one of our customer service centres. We no longer produce the Badges however so will not be able to issue one on the day.

If you already have a Blue Badge that needs renewing we will send you a reminder letter, but you will still need to complete a new application form.


How much does a badge cost?

A badge costs £10 – this can be paid by debit or credit card by calling 0116 454 5600, by cheque or postal order payable to ‘Leicester City Council’ or in person at one of our customer service centres.


What else do you need to provide?

You will also need to provide:

  • a passport photo. You can attach a photo to the application form or email a jpg or gif file under 200kb to (you can also have a photo taken at a customer service centre)
  • documentary evidence of your eligibility for an automatic application or to support your discretionary application
  • proof of identity and address


Please allow six weeks for your application to be processed. If you do not complete the application fully or supply the correct documentary evidence will be not process the application.

What happens if your application is unsuccessful?

If your application is not successful we will return your fee. We will also send you details about the reassessment process. If you wish to request a reassessment you must write to us within 28 days and tell us about any additional medical conditions or information that we should consider.


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