Guide

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge
Last updated: 6 November 2020

Renew a Blue Badge

Your Blue Badge is not renewed automatically. You need to reapply for it every 3 years.

Your eligibility will be checked every time you reapply. This is to make sure you can still get a Blue Badge. Your local council processes your application and decides if you can get a Blue Badge.

You should reapply 12 weeks before your badge expires.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and reapplying 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 reapply 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.

Expired Blue Badges

Local councils expect to take longer to reissue Blue Badges.

Because of this local parking teams have been advised not to give fines for expired badges. This applies to badges with expiry dates from 1 January 2020.

It does not apply to private car parks.

Reapply online

If you need help reapplying

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

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

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

Blue Badge charge

The charge to reapply 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 reapply

Your local council processes your application. Your eligibility will be checked every time you reapply to make sure you can still get a Blue Badge. 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.

Get further help with a Blue Badge