The blue badge scheme allows people with severe mobility problems to park close to their destination for free. Badges last up to three years.
There is a £10 charge for all personal and organisational blue badges. Replacement badges i.e. lost, stolen or damaged cost £5. This fee must be paid prior to issue.
Some exemptions from charges apply – see the application form and frequently asked questions for further details.
How to apply for a blue badge
- Visit the direct gov website and complete the online form - see the link at the right hand side of this page.
- Download the PDF form in the documents section
- Visit a one stop centre
- Contact the team using the contact us form.
Who can apply for a blue badge
You will find details about the eligibility criteria on the application form. Some applicants will need to attend a clinic for an independent mobility assessment.
What do I need to send with my application form?
All applicants need to provide a current passport standard photograph of themselves. If this is your first application for a blue badge to Leeds City Council you will also need to provide a photocopy of one proof of address and one proof of identity – examples of acceptable documents can be found on the application form.
If you are applying under Part A – eligible without further assessment; please send a copy
of your proof as requested in the application form. Please do not
send your original documents. You can send these details to us by email (email@example.com
) or by post.
What will happen next?
If you are applying under Part A and have provided all your documentation and payment, you will receive your blue badge within ten working days. If you currently have a blue badge, you should expect to receive your new blue badge a few days before your current badge expires.
If you are applying under Part B – eligible subject to further assessment, you will be contacted by the Independent Mobility Assessment Team to make an appointment for your assessment. Once this has taken place and your application approved, and you have provided all necessary proofs and payment, you will receive your blue badge within ten working days, or just before the expiry of your current blue badge if you are already a badge holder.
Using your blue badge
You don’t have to own a vehicle or be able to drive to have a blue badge as it can be used in any vehicle in which you travel as a passenger.
The concessions apply only to on-street parking, where badge holders may park close to their destination, providing no parking restrictions apply.
The scheme is recognised throughout the UK and the European Union.
If you have lost your badge or think it may have been stolen please contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 to have this logged. You will be given either a lost property or crime number – this is needed when requesting your replacement badge. You will also need to provide a recent passport quality photo along with your payment. Please be aware that if your blue badge was due to expire within the next three months you will need to reapply with a completed application form.