Apply for or renew a Blue Badge
Last updated: 14 February 2018

Misuse of badges

Blue Badges should only be used by the registered badge holder or for their benefit. Your Blue Badge can only be used if:

  • you're travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger
  • someone is collecting you or dropping you off and needs to park at the place where you're being collected or dropped

A Blue Badge cannot be used to park in a restricted area if the badge holder is not leaving the car.

It's a criminal offence to misuse a badge. This includes people other than the badge holder taking advantage of the parking concessions under the scheme.

Cancelling a Blue Badge

Your local council can cancel a Blue Badge which is no longer in the possession of the holder. For example where it's been reported by the badge holder as lost or stolen or the badge holder has died.

Report a Blue Badge as lost or stolen

If your Blue Badge has been lost or stolen you should report this to the police and let your council know what has happened.

Report misuse of a Blue Badge

If you think someone is misusing a Blue Badge you should report it the local council responsible for issuing it.

Powers to inspect and remove badges

Police officers, traffic wardens and parking attendants can inspect badges. They will show you their identity card if this happens.

Police officers, traffic wardens and parking attendants can remove a Blue Badge if it should have been returned to the council or has been:

  • cancelled
  • misused
  • forged

If your badge is valid and is removed by mistake, it will be returned no later than 14 days from confiscation.

Further information

You can download the Blue Badge holder rights and responsibilities document for further information.