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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. Completing your application online will take about 15 minutes. You can save your application at any point and return to complete it later. You will be given a tracking number to allow you to do this.

You do not need to send proofs separately as you can upload any required documents and your passport-size photograph with your online application.



You can also apply by downloading the relevant application form from the Documents section and returning it to the Blue Badge team with the required documentation. Email: bluebadge@leeds.gov.uk or post: Blue Badge Team, PO Box 657, Leeds, LS1 9BS.


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 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 copy 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 address documents can be uploaded with your online application.

Confirmation of identity

You must provide a copy 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

Confirmation of identity documents can be uploaded with your online application.

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-size 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.

How to submit documents and photographs

Please upload these with your online application. Alternatively you can email a digital photograph to: bluebadge@leeds.gov.uk or send proof by post to: Blue Badge Team, PO Box 657, Leeds, LS1 9BS

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Click to expandHow many documents can I upload with my online application?

You can upload a maximum of three documents. These should cover identity, proof of address and eligibility. Eligibility documents usually show your address and name on the first page, so if you scan the front page in most cases this will cover both address and eligibility.

Scan and upload one of the following three document types with our online application:


Proof of Identify (scan one of the following):

  • Your birth/ adoption certificate
  • Driving licence
  • Passport
  • UK identity Card

Proof of address:

If your address does not show on your eligibility document(s) please scan and upload one of the following with your online application:

  • Utility bill
  • Rent book/tenancy agreement
  • Council Tax bill; this must contain a date within the last three months to show that you live in the Leeds area

Proof of eligibility:

For Personal Independence Payment scan and upload with your online application:

  • The first page of entitlement letter dated within the last 12 months which shows your full name and current address and the start and end date of your benefit
  • The page with the “Moving around” section which shows the points awarded

For Disability Living Allowance scan and upload with your online application:

  • The first page dated within the last 12 months which shows your full name and current address, start and end date of your benefit and that you are in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of the disability living allowance

If registered blind scan and upload with your online application:

  • The pages within your CVI Certificate that shows your name and address and which shows the doctor has indicated you are registered blind

If in receipt of War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement scan and upload with your online application:

  • The first page of your letter from the Service Personnel Veterans Agency

In receipt of a tariff 1 - 8 under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme scan and upload with your online application:

  • The first page of your award letter from the SPVA

If applying under terminal Illness criteria scan and upload with your online application

  • The first page of the letter you received from your doctor or specialist (e.g. Macmillan nurse) or your DS1500 letter
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Click to expandWhat size and image types can I upload online?

​Images can be in: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG. Each image size should not exceed 976.56 kilobytes

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 charged £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 expandHow long does my blue badge last for?

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Each blue badge can last for a maximum of 3 years. The length of time your badge will be awarded will match the length of time your Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is awarded for.​

Click to expandMy blue badge is due 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 can re-apply up to 3 months before your current blue badge expires. Please re-apply as early as possible to help ensure we can re-issue your blue badge before your current one expires. ​

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 expandHow and where to use your badge

General guidelines about where you can and can't park are provided in the Department of Transport's rights and responsibilities document (PDF 1.6MB).

This includes where you can and can't park, badges for organisations, travelling in London, travelling abroad and toll concessions for blue badge holders.


Parking in Leeds

You can find out the location of blue badge (disabled persons) parking bays in Leeds by using TraffWeb.


With a blue badge you can:

  • park for up to three hours on a single or double yellow line as long as there are no loading restrictions. The clock on the badge must be set to show your time of arrival

  • park without time limit at a pay and display parking bay (free of charge) and, without time limit on a designated on-street accessible bay (free of charge)

  • park on resident parking permit bays without a time limit

You must be in the vehicle when your badge is being used, or being picked up.

You can also use your Blue Badge throughout the European Union, although the terms may vary between countries. Check EU Blue Badge rules before you go.

If you move out of Leeds you can still use the badge until it expires. When your badge needs renewing you should contact the Council where you now live.

You should not hold more than one blue badge at any given time or share your blue badge.

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Click to expandHow do I apply for a disabled parking bay outside my home?

​To apply

Contact the Access Officer on 0113 378 7279 (answer phone facility available) or email nick.fletcher@leeds.gov.uk

Criteria

As an applicant you must hold a current blue badge or a document that confirms your receipt of the Mobility Component (paid at the higher rate) of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA). A photocopy of either of these two requirements are required along with a completed application form.

A vehicle must be kept permanently at the home of the blue badge holder.

Any blue badge holder can use a disabled parking bay. They are not for the exclusive use of the initial applicant.

Process

Once we receive a completed application form, along with appropriate documentation, we will visit the site and plot the proposed bay.

Details of the proposed bay along with a proposal letter and a comments form are then sent to neighbouring properties as part of a 3 week consultation. If any valid objection/s are received, the application cannot proceed any further. If no valid objections are received, we will arrange for the bay to be created once authority is gained from Traffic Management (LCC).

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