Apply for a blue badge

The blue badge allows people with severe mobility problems additional parking rights. You can use the badge in any vehicle you travel in. Applying online is the quickest and easiest way.

Further information

Do I qualify for a blue badge? 

There are two different types of blue badge applications: automatic and discretionary.

  1. Automatic

    Automatic applications are to be completed by people who are registered blind and/or receive a disability related benefit or payment. Our guidance notes have more information, these can be found at the bottom of the page.

  2. Discretionary

    Discretionary applications are completed by people who are not automatically eligible. You should apply for a discretionary badge if you have a disability that affects your mobility permanently, or you are applying on behalf of a child in similar circumstances. Our guidance notes have more information, these can be found at the bottom of the page.

How do I apply?

You can apply online through GOV.UK. New applications and renewals can be made. You can also upload your supporting documentation. This is the fastest method of applying. We advise that you read our guidance notes before applying.

What if I can't apply online?

If you can’t apply online you can download and complete a form which you can find at the bottom of this page. When applying, please make sure that you complete the application correctly and include the documents that you are asked for.

How long will the application process take?

It can take up to six weeks to process a fully completed application. It may take longer if you are also required to attend a mobility assessment. You will be asked to make a payment of £10 if your application is successful.

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, detailing how to renew the badge.

What if my badge is lost/stolen?

Replacement badges are available at a cost of £10. You can report a lost or stolen blue badge online.

Misuse of blue badges

Misusing your blue badge is a criminal offence. You can report the misuse of a blue badge online using the following form:

More information on blue bade misuse can be found on the Citizens Advice Bureau website.

Where can I use my blue badge?

To find out how and where to use your badge, see the 'Where can I park with my blue badge' document below.


A number of third party websites charge up to £50 to process blue badge applications. Please avoid these websites and only use the official GOV.UK website.

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR)

From May 2019, Newarke Street Car Park will have a new parking management system that will use ANPR.

Blue badge holders will still be able to park in this car park for free. Please report to the Attendant’s Office, where your ticket will be validated. You will be able to make an online request for a blue badge from May. Further details on how to register will be available soon. 

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