What is a blue badge?
A blue badge will help you to park close to your destination, either as a passenger or a driver. For more information please visit our blue badge parking page.
Applying for a blue badge
The charge for a blue badge is £10.
The quickest and easiest way to apply is through the government's website.
The online application will guide you through the process and explain what information is required. A guidance document (PDF 128KB) is available to assist you with this. You can save your application at any point and return to complete it later. You will be given a reference 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.
Once you have completed your application, the final page will provide a summary of the details you've provided and advise how and when to make payment. Any information you supply will be sent securely to our blue badge team.
Renewing your blue badge
There is no facility to "renew" a blue badge. You will need to apply for a new one using the guidance above. Please note that you will need to supply proof of eligibility again when reapplying. More information can be found under the frequently asked question "My blue badge is due to expire, how do I re-apply?" at the bottom of this page.
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
To proceed with the application for a blue badge for children under 3 years of age, please complete the online application form.
Support to complete your application
Our libraries, One Stop Centres and Community Hubs have free computers for you to use and staff will provide help with your online application if you require it. They can scan and email your documents to the blue badge team if you don't have digital copies to upload with your application.
If you are having difficulty completing the online form and cannot get to a library, One Stop Centre or Community Hub, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for support.
What will happen once I submit my application?
If you are eligible without further assessment (i.e. you meet the automatic criteria) and have provided all your documentation and payment, you will receive your blue badge within 4-6 weeks. If you do not meet the automatic criteria, you will be contacted by the Independent Mobility Assessment (IMA) team to arrange an assessment and, dependent on your circumstances, decisions can take longer.
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