The Blue Badge disabled parking scheme is for people with severe mobility problems. The scheme allows Blue Badge holders to park close to where they need to go.
The scheme runs throughout the UK. Only local councils can issue Blue Badges.
Getting a Blue Badge
Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to get a Blue Badge without being assessed. Otherwise, you may be eligible subject to further assessment.
Eligible without further assessment
You can get a Blue Badge without further assessment if you're more than 2 years-old and:
Eligible with further assessment
You can get a Blue Badge after further assessment if you're more than 2 years-old and:
- drive a vehicle regularly
- have a severe disability in both arms
- are unable or would find it very difficult to use a parking meter
- have a permanent disability, which leaves you unable to walk
We may also ask you to attend an independent mobility assessment to confirm your eligibility for a Blue Badge.
Children under 3
Children under 3 may be eligible for a Blue Badge if they:
- must always be with bulky medical equipment because of a condition
- must always be near a vehicle so they can be treated or taken quickly to a place to be treated
Blue Badges for organisations
An organisation can get a Blue Badge for a vehicle used to carry disabled people who are entitled to Blue Badges. To be eligible, organisations must care for and transport disabled people who are entitled to Blue Badges.
On request, and following an assessment, we will place parking bays outside or close to the houses of disabled people for Blue Badge holders to use. Go to parking bays for disabled people.