Guide

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge
Last updated: 25 August 2020

Apply for a new Blue Badge

If you struggle to get around and use a car you could get a Blue Badge. A Blue Badge lets you park closer to where you're going.

You need to apply online using the GOV.UK service. It will also tell you if you're likely to be eligible before you go through the application.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and applying for a Blue Badge

Your local council processes Blue Badge applications.

You can still apply for a Blue Badge but coronavirus is affecting council services.

This could mean your local council may not be able to process applications:

  • as quickly as they usually would
  • at all right now
  • which need face to face appointments or assessments

If you apply for a Blue Badge your local council should reply to tell you about the situation in your area. They make take longer than usual to send you a reply.

Local parking teams have been advised not to give fines for expired badges until 30 September 2020.

This applies to badges with expiry dates from 1 January 2020.

Apply online

If you need help applying

Contact your local council if you need help applying for a Blue Badge.

Some councils have paper application forms or can help you with your application.

You can apply for a Blue Badge yourself, for someone else, or for an organisation (such as a care home).

Blue Badge charge

The charge for a Blue Badge can be up to £20.

Your local council decides on the charge for a Blue Badge and you pay the money to them.

After you apply

Your local council processes your application. They'll also let you know if you need to go to a mobility assessment.

A mobility assessment is a meeting with a healthcare professional who will check if you're:

  • eligible for a Blue Badge
  • getting all the support you need to get around

When you'll hear about your application

Your local council will give you a decision in around 12 weeks.

If your application is not successful, you can ask for a review. You can find more information about how to do this in the letter from your council.

A Blue Badge usually lasts for 3 years. You need to reapply for it every 3 years.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland

If you do not live in Scotland, you should apply for a Blue Badge with:

  • GOV.UK if you live in England and Wales.
  • NI direct if you live in Northern Ireland.

Get further help with a Blue Badge