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 our "ask a question" tab 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 on the “related documents” tab below.
- Visit a one stop centre
- Contact the team using the "contact us" form below.
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.
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.