Apply for or renew a Blue Badge

Last updated: 14 February 2018

Using your Blue Badge

The scheme applies to on street parking throughout the UK. Off-street car parks such as those provided in local council, hospital or supermarket car parks and the road systems at some airports are governed by different rules.

How to display the badge

You must display the badge where it can be clearly read from outside the vehicle. The front of the badge should face upwards, showing the wheelchair symbol.

Incorrect display of the badge may result in a parking fine.

Using a parking clock

A Blue Badge holder must use a parking disc 'time clock' when there's a limit on how long you can park.

Some councils have recently introduced Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) to limit the length of time a Blue Badge holder can park on a single or double line within the city centre.

You will need to use your time clock when visiting England and Wales.

Transferring your badge

If you need to transfer a Blue Badge from another part of the UK to Scotland, it's the responsibility of the council that issued your badge to change the address details and inform the new council.

You don't need a replacement badge with the new council's name. When the badge expires, you need to reapply to your local council.

Using your badge outside the UK

The Blue Badge is recognised in other EU countries and your badge entitles you to make use of the same parking concessions as the country's own citizens.

Check the details for the country you're visiting and make sure you apply the rules when you park.

Further information

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

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge
Using your Blue Badge