Disability and mental health

Blue Badges

A Blue Badge enables people with a seriously impaired ability to walk, hidden disabilities or those registered severely visually impaired, either as a passenger or driver, to park close to their destination.

Blue BadgeWith certain restrictions, a Blue Badge enables the holder to:

  • park free of charge at a parking meter or pay-and-display bays
  • park without a time limit at places where others are time-limited
  • park for up to 3 hours on single or double yellow lines (except where there is a ban on loading or unloading or other restrictions)

Badge holders are not permitted to park in a way that might cause an obstruction or danger to other road users.

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Who can apply for a Blue Badge?

You automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if you are over 2 years old and at least one of the following applies:

  • you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • you receive a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) because you can't walk more than 50 metres (a score of 8 points or more under the 'Moving Around' activity of the mobility component)
  • you are registered blind (severely sight impaired)
  • you receive a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement
  • you have received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
  • you receive the mobility component of PIP and have obtained 10 points specifically for descriptor E under the 'planning and following journeys' activity, on the grounds that you are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause you overwhelming psychological distress

Other people may be issued a badge if their disability is permanent and substantial and causes inability to walk or considerable difficulty in walking.

Check your eligibility and apply

Disabled parking bays

We also have powers to install parking bays solely for the use of disabled motorists and endeavour to assist people with disabilities by providing bays close to their home wherever possible.

Applying for a parking bay

Page last updated: 10 Mar 2020