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Where to park with a Blue Badge

Blue Badge holders may park free of charge and without time limit at on-street parking (metered or 'pay and display') unless a local traffic order, such as a ban on loading, is in force. The same parking time limits don't always apply to Blue Badge holders as to everyone else. Always check local signs for information.

The Blue Badge parking map can be used to find parking spaces in Leeds City Centre. See Documents section on this page. The external links will give you more information about the Blue Badge Scheme.  

Badge holders may also usually park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours in England and Wales, or without any time limit in Scotland except:

  • where there is a ban on loading or unloading
  • at a few locations where local schemes apply, for example certain areas of central London.
    If you park on yellow lines anywhere in England or Wales, you must display your Blue Badge together with a special blue parking disc that shows your arrival time.

    Where you cannot park
  • During the time a ban on loading or unloading is in force (normally indicated by yellow lines and a sign nearby). In pedestrian areas, restrictions may be in force even where there are no yellow lines.
  • Where that are double white lines in the centre of the road even if one of the lines is broken.
  • In a bus or tram lane during its hours of operation.
  • In a cycle lane.
  • On any clearway, double or single red lines during their hours of operation.
  • On any pedestrian crossing – including zebra, pelican, toucan and puffin crossings.
  • On zigzag markings before and after pedestrian crossings.
  • In parking places reserved for specific users (for example resident-only parking, loading bays, taxi ranks).
  • In suspended meter bays or when use of the meter is prohibited.
  • Where temporary restrictions on parking are in force along a length of road - usually indicated by no waiting cones.
  • Outside a school on areas marked 'keep clear', during the hours shown.

You must also not park where it would be obstructive or cause a danger to others. The following are likely examples

  • At school entrances, bus stops, on a bend, or near the brow of a hill or hump bridge.
  • Where it would make it difficult for others to see clearly, for example close to a junction.
  • Where it would make the road narrow, such as by a traffic island or where roadworks are in progress.
  • Where it would hold up traffic for example in narrow stretches of road or blocking vehicle entrances.
  • Where emergency vehicles stop or go in and out, such as at a hospital entrance.
  • Where the kerb has been lowered or the road raised to form a pedestrian crossing.
  • On a pavement unless signs permit it.

Remember

  • If you park where it would cause an obstruction or danger to other road users the police could remove your vehicle. You could also be prosecuted and have your badge taken away.
  • Vehicles cannot legally be wheel clamped on the public highway or on private land for parking offences provided a valid Blue Badge is correctly displayed on the vehicle.
  • You must move your car if a police officer or a traffic warden in uniform asks you to.

Leeds City Council has developed a new travel information website www.leedstravel.info  which will allow travellers to find out exactly what's happening on the city's roads, car parks, railways and bus routes so they can plan ahead and avoid any trouble spots. Includes the locations of all Blue Badge parking bays in Leeds.


Frequently asked questions

Where can I park with a disabled parking permit -blue badge?

Blue Badge holders may park free of charge and without time limit in on-street parking bays (metered or 'pay and display') unless a local traffic order, such as a ban on loading, is in force. You must comply with signs on the kerb-side.
Badge holders can also usually park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours in England and Wales, or without any time limit in Scotland except:

  • where there is a ban on loading or unloading
  • at a few locations where local schemes apply e.g. certain areas of central London. Always check local signs for information.

If you park on yellow lines anywhere in England or Wales, you must display your Blue Badge together with a special blue parking disc that shows your arrival time.
You must not park where it would cause an obstruction or danger to other road users e.g. at school and hospital entrances, bus stops, on a bend, or where it would make it difficult for others to see clearly, for example close to a junction.
Leeds City Council enforce the blue badge scheme. Misuse of blue badges can lead to confiscation of badges and prosecution.

Car Park and Disabled Parking in Leeds City Centre

Who can apply for a blue badge?

There are a number of criteria that give an automatic entitlement to a blue badge (eligible without further assessment). If you are in receipt of any of the following, then you can also have a blue badge:
• You are in receipt of the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance
• You are registered blind. 
• You have been awarded the enhanced rate of 8 points or more in the moving around category of Personal Independent Payments (P.I.P). 
• You receive a war pensioner’s mobility supplement.
• You are in receipt of a tariff 1 through 8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme having been assessed as having a permanent and substantial disability. 
• Proof of these entitlements must be included with your application.  You will also need to provide proofs of your address and identity.

• You may also be entitled to a blue badge if you are a regular driver with a severe disability affecting both arms and have an adapted vehicle.
• You have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and are not expected to live beyond 12 months.

Proof of these entitlements must be included with your application.

You may still be eligible for a blue badge if you have a long term and substantial mobility issue.  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,this team will contact you to make an appointment if you need to attend.

The quickest way to apply is online on our website. You can also download an application form to apply by post. 

Who do I speak to about a disabled parking permit - blue badge?

You can contact us by email bluebadge@leeds.gov.uk. or speak to an advisor on 0113 222 4444 or visit your local One Stop Centre.

Using your blue badge

​The concessions apply to on street parking where badge holders may park close to their destination, providing no parking restrictions apply 

Replacement Badges

​If you have lost your badge or think it may have been stolen you must report this to the West Yorkshire Police on 101. You will be given either a lost property or crime number, which will be needed when requesting your replacement badge. You will also need to provide a recent passport quality photo along with your payment of £5. Please note that if your blue badge was due to expire within the next three months you will need to reapply with a completed application form and pay the full £10 fee.

Blue Badge cost & payment methods

​A blue badge costs £10. Your badge cannot be ordered until cleared payment has been received. The quickest way to pay is by debit or credit card. Please call 0113 2224444 and have your card details to hand. If you are unable to pay by debit card or credit card use this telephone number to find out about other methods of payment. You can make your payment ay 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 lump sum benefit from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme under tariffs 1 through 8

What if my Blue Badge is due to expire ?

​If you are an existing blue badge holder with Leeds City Council and we have your current address, you can expect to receive a re-application pack around 6 to 8 weeks before your current badge expires. You will need to apply to us again as there is no facility to "renew" a blue badge, and also provide another photograph taken within the previous 6 months, along with any proofs required.   

What documents do I need to send with my application form?

If you are applying to Leeds for the the first time we will need a copy of one proof of identity- for example a copy of the photo page from your passport or driving license, plus one proof of address- for example a recent utility bill. It's important that you only send copies do not send your original documents to us.If you already have a blue badge issued by Leeds City Council we won't need these.
All applicants need to provide a passport quality photograph taken within 6 months of the date of application.
 
An actual passport photograph is not required, just a photograph that would meet these standards a clear head and shoulders picture is acceptable and we are able to process digital images taken on a mobile phone camera or a webcam. You can email these to bluebadge@leeds.gov.uk.

If you are applying under Part A – eligible without further assessment you will need to send a copy of your entitlement - for example if you receive higher rate disabled living allowance ,please send a copy of your most recent entitlement letter. Please do not send your original documents.
 
You can send these details to us by email (bluebadge@leeds.gov.uk) or by post to PO Box 657 Leeds LS1 9BS

What should I do if a Blue Badge is no longer needed ?

Any Blue Badge that is no longer needed e.g. if the applicant is now deceased, should be returned to us. You can post this to Blue Badge Team PO Box 657 Leeds LS1 9BS or hand it in at any of our One Stop Centres.  ​