Before you apply
Please ensure you have proof of address, which could be a Council Tax bill, utility bill or bank statement dated within the last 3 months. You will also need proof of your identity, which could be a copy of your passport, drivers licence, birth or marriage certificates. Supporting this you will also need proof of any benefits you are currently getting.
If you are not using a passport or driving licence for proof you will need a passport standard photograph.
The Blue Badge scheme helps you park closer to your destination if you have a disability or health condition that affects your mobility or you care for a child with a health condition.
If your application is successful there is a cost of £10 for the badge.
What information we need and how we'll use it
We have a duty to protect the public funds we administer and as may use information that you provide us for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with organisations responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.
Checking personal information records
The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises. Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match.
This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.
Information we provide
We participate in the Cabinet Office's National Fraud Initiative. It's a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise, as detailed here.
The Cabinet Office's use of data in data matching
The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.
It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.
New Blue Badge criteria and people with hidden disabilities
People with hidden disabilities, including autism and severe mental health conditions, will be able to apply for a Blue Badge from 31 August 2019.
The Blue Badge scheme already means those with physical disabilities can park closer to their destination than other drivers, as they are less able to take public transport or walk longer distances.
The new criteria will extend eligibility to people who:
- cannot undertake a journey without there being a risk of serious harm to their health or safety or that of any other person (such as young children with autism)
- cannot undertake a journey without it causing them very considerable psychological distress
- have very considerable difficulty when walking (both the physical act and experience of walking)
If you want to apply under this criteria should apply on or after the 31 August.
Where you can park
Disabled parking bay
These are subject to any time limit indicated. Your parking clock must be displayed if there is a time limit. If you are eligible you can apply for a disabled parking bay outside your home.
Some of our car parks are for permit holders. Even if you park in a disabled bay in one of these car parks you must display a valid permit as well as your blue badge.
Pay and display bays
These are free of charge and without time limit. Some of our car parks are for permit holders. Even if you park in a disabled bay in one of these car parks you must display a valid permit as well as your blue badge.
Be sure to check signs in privately operated car parks as badge holders may have to pay.
Single or double yellow lines
You can park for a maximum of 3 hours:
- where there are no loading/unloading restrictions that apply
- providing you don’t cause an obstruction to other road users or pedestrians
- your parking clock must be displayed
Park for a maximum of 3 hours. Your parking clock must be displayed.
Where you cannot park with a Blue Badge
You cannot park in these locations:
- where there is a loading ban in place
- in pedestrian crossings
- in restricted bus stops and taxi ranks
- in School Keep Clear restrictions
- in bus, tram and cycle lanes
- in No Stopping (24 hour) Clearways
- in suspended parking bays
If you park in these areas you will be treated like any other driver and may be issued with a parking fine.