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Blue badge parking

The blue badge scheme allows people with severe mobility problems to park close to their destination for free. Badges last up to three years. The scheme is recognised throughout the UK and the European Union.

 

Who can apply for a blue badge?

You don’t have to own a vehicle or be able to drive to have a blue badge. It can be used in any vehicle in which you travel as a passenger.

Find out who can apply and what proof you need in the frequently asked questions on this page.

 

How do I apply for a blue badge?

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a blue badge is to complete the online form


You can also apply by:

  • Downloading the relevant application form from the Documents section; or
  • Visiting one of our One Stop Centres; or
  • Requesting an application pack by using the Contact us form on this page.

 

How much does a blue badge cost and how do I pay?

A blue badge costs £10. Your badge cannot be ordered until cleared payment has been received. Please pay by debit or credit card by calling 0113 222 44 44 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm). You can make your payment at any time during the application process. If your application is unsuccessful your payment will be refunded.


Customers who meet one of the following categories don't need to pay for their blue badge:

  • Children under 16
  • People who are terminally ill (someone who is not expected to live beyond 12 months)
  • People in receipt of a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement
  • Armed service personnel in receipt of a tariff 1 to 8 from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme having been assessed as having a permanent and substantial disability

 

Children under 3 years of age

There are special rules if you have a child under the age of 3. You can get a blue badge if your child has a specific medical condition which means they:

  • Must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around without great difficulty;
  • Need to be kept near a motor vehicle at all times so that they can, if necessary, be treated for their condition in the vehicle or taken quickly to a place where they can be treated

Please complete the Application form for children under 3 years of age (PDF 47KB)

 

What will happen next?

If you are eligible without any further assessment and have provided all your documentation and payment, you will receive your blue badge within 10 working days.

If you are eligible subject to further assessment, all applicants will be contacted by the Independent Mobility Assessment (IMA) team to make an appointment for an assessment.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Frequently asked questions

Click to expandWho can apply for a blue badge and what proof do I need?

If you meet any of the following criteria you will be entitled to a blue badge without further assessment but will still need to pay the £10 fee unless stated: 

  • You are in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of the disability living allowance (Proof: Copy of letter of entitlement dated within the last 12 months showing your full name and current address as well as the start and end date of your benefit. If you do not have this letter please call DWP on 03457 123 456 to request a copy of your 384 entitlement letter

 

  • You are registered blind (Proof: Copy of CVI Certificate)

 

  • You are in receipt of Personal Independent Payments (P.I.P) and have been awarded 8 points or more in the moving around category (Proof: Copy of the award letter of entitlement dated within the last 12 months showing moving around points awarded and your full name and current address as well as the start and end date of your benefit)

 

  • You receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement (Proof: Copy of your letter from the Service Personnel Veterans Agency. If you do not have this letter please call SPVA on 0800 169 2277). You do not need to pay for your blue badge

 

  • You are in receipt of a tariff 1 - 8 under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme having been assessed as having a permanent and substantial disability (Proof: Copy of award letter from the SPVA. If you do not have this letter please call SPVA on 0800 169 2277). You do not need to pay for your blue badge

 

  • You have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and are not expected to live beyond twelve months (Proof: Copy of letter from your doctor or specialist, such as a Macmillan nurse). You do not need to pay for your blue badge

Proof of these entitlements must be included with your application. You will also need to provide proofs of your address and identity.

If you don't meet the above criteria you will be eligible subject to further assessment and only qualify if the applicant:

  • has a severe disability affecting both arms, drives regularly and finds it difficult to use all or some types of parking meters

 

  • is over 2 years of age and and is unable to walk or has considerable difficulty walking due to a 2 years of age and and is unable to walk or has considerable difficulty walking due to a permanent and substantial physical disability  

Proof of these entitlements must be included with your application. You will also need to provide proofs of your address and identity.

Applicants may be asked to attend an independent mobility assessment to ensure they meet the criteria as set out by the Department for Transport.

Once you have completed and returned your application form, you will be contacted to make an appointment if you need to attend.

Click to expandWhat proof of address and identity documents do I need to provide?

If you are applying to Leeds for the the first time we will need a copy of one confirmation of address and one confirmation of identity.

Confirmation of address

Please supply a photocopy of a utility bill, rent book/tenancy agreement or Council Tax bill. Whichever one you provide, it must contain a date within the last three months to show that you live in the Leeds area.

Confirmation of identity

You must provide a photocopy of one of the following. The Department of Transport require local authorities to check individual identities to reduce fraud.

  • birth/adoption certificate
  • driving licence
  • passport
  • UK identity card

If you are registered blind with Leeds City Council you do not need to supply this proof.

If you are applying for a blue badge under the 'Eligible subject to further assessment - severe disability in both arms' criteria then you must send a copy of your driving licence.

Photographs

Please enclose a passport-style photograph taken within 6 months of the date of application. This should be a good quality image showing the applicant's head and shoulders, preferably against a plain background.

We are able to process digital images taken on a mobile phone camera or a webcam.

Where to send documents and photographs

Please email to: bluebadge@leeds.gov.uk or by post to Blue Badge Team, PO Box 657, Leeds, LS1 9BS

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Click to expandAre there any changes you need to let us know about?

​A blue badge is no longer needed

Please return to: Blue Badge Team, PO Box 657, Leeds LS1 9BS or hand it in at any of our One Stop Centres.

Moving address

Please email: bluebadge@leeds.gov.uk and provide your current/old address, your new address and the date you are moving or the date you moved. Alternatively you can write to: Blue Badge Team, PO Box 657, Leeds, LS1 9BS

Click to expandWhat should I do if my blue badge has been lost or stolen?

Mislaid blue badge

If you know you have lost your badge at home or perhaps it has fallen behind the dashboard of the car, you can either report this online or contact the blue badge team on 0113 222 44 44 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm) or email: bluebadge@leeds.gov.uk

You will be charged £5 for a replacement badge.

Lost or stolen blue badge

If you don't know where you lost your badge or think it may have been stolen you must report this to West Yorkshire Police by calling 101. You will be given a lost property or crime reference number.

You can then report this either online or contact the blue badge team on 0113 222 44 44 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5pm) or email: bluebadge@leeds.gov.uk

You will be charges £5 for a replacement badge.

Advice: If your lost or stolen blue badge was due to expire within the next three months you should re-apply for a new badge rather than report it lost or stolen. Please refer to the frequently asked questions to find out how to re-apply for your blue badge. 

Click to expandMy blue badge is about to expire, how do I re-apply?

There is no facility to "renew" a blue badge. You will need to apply for a new one by following the guidance on this page. ​

You will need to supply proof that you meet the eligibility criteria. However, you will only need to supply proof of address and identity if your details have changed since you last applied.

Click to expandWhere can I park with a disabled parking permit/blue badge?

General guidelines can be found by clicking on the link below to the Department for Transport's publication 'The Blue Badge Scheme: rights and responsibilities in England'.

You can find out the location of Blue Badge (disabled persons) parking bays in Leeds by clicking on the TraffWeb link below. 

Leeds City Council enforce the blue badge scheme. Misuse of blue badges can lead to confiscation of badges and prosecution.

The Blue Badge Scheme: rights and responsibilities in England

TraffWeb

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