We are authorised to assess people to see if they can get a blue badge.
Apply for a blue badge
Blue Badge applications explained
As well as applying using the orange button above, you can also quickly check to see if you are eligible for a blue badge.
If you would prefer to apply using a paper application form there is one application form which can be requested by calling 01582 510372. This form is modified from time to time and you will need to contact us for the most up to date version.
How long will it take to process my application?
All Blue Badge applications (new and renewals) are assessed on an individual basis against Department for Transport (DfT) guidelines
. When you apply you may be asked to attend a walking assessment. The timescales are dependant upon the availability of assessment appointments. All other applicants normally have a decision on their application within 4 weeks although this can vary. Automatic applicants (see DfT guidelines) will therefore have a considerably quicker process.
To renew your Blue Badge you should make a note of the expiry date and apply four to six weeks before the badge expires. It is up to you to remember to renew in plenty of time as we deal with thousands of applications every year.
Can I have a Blue Badge for a temporary condition?
No, Blue Badges are NOT issued for temporary conditions and are generally only issued for permanent ones.
If you receive Disability Living Allowance at the higher rate for mobility, a badge can now be issued to cover this period which may be less than three years. Once this period is nearing an end you will need to complete an application for renewal.
How do I apply for my child?
Generally children under the age of two are NOT eligible for a blue badge. Children over two may qualify for a blue badge if they have severe mobility problems. Certain children under the age of three may be eligible if they have a disability due to a medical condition and need to travel with bulky equipment or be close to a vehicle for emergency medical treatment.
Who is eligible for a badge?
There are two types of eligibility: those people who automatically qualify and those people who qualify in the discretionary category.
You automatically qualify if:
You may qualify for a blue badge in the discretionary category if:
- you have a permanent and severe disability which means you cannot walk or can only walk with excessive difficulty.
You may be asked to attend a walking assessment. These are carried out by independent health professionals who understand the Department for Transport Guidelines and who will have a copy of your application form. They will talk to you about your disability and will ask you to carry out a walking assessment. You will be informed of the decision within a few days after the assessment.
You can also qualify if:
- You have a severe disability in both arms
To qualify in this category you must be a driver, drive an adapted car, and you must have a severe disability in both arms which means you are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty operating a parking meter. You have to meet all these criteria to qualify.
Who is NOT eligible for a Blue Badge?
You will not be eligible for a badge if:
- you have a condition that is considered to be temporary, for example, a broken leg
- you are awaiting an operation which should improve your condition or you are still recovering from recent surgery or treatment
- you have a condition that is considered to be intermittent
- you have a disability that is not considered to cause you inability to walk, or very considerable difficulty in walking
- children under two are not eligible as children of this age would generally require a pushchair. There is an exception to this, please see the section above on applying for your child
- people who are partially sighted do not automatically qualify
- people who suffer with physiological/behavioural conditions which do not directly cause inability to walk or considerable difficulty in walking
Why was my application for a blue badge rejected?
If you do not qualify for a Blue Badge you will receive a letter which will detail the reason your application was refused. If you wish to appeal against the decision either because you have additional information that needs to be considered or your walking has deteriorated please contact us.
The Blue Badge Appeals process applies to any discretionary applicant who has been refused and is explained below:
Stage 1 If you are refused you may request a review of your case by the Blue Badge Team Leader. If you are refused without having taken part in an Independent Mobility Assessment this will normally be because your condition does not fall under the eligibility criteria and an assessment is therefore not appropriate. In some cases mobility assessments may be requested as part of the review. In every case a full explanation will be provided and you will be given opportunity to escalate the case to Stage 2.
Stage 2 At this stage you may request a review of your application by the Head of Service. This review will normally seek to identify any lapse in procedure when your application was handled. If you are still refused you may escalate your case to Stage 3.
Stage 3 At this stage you may request a review of your application by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO). The LGO will decide on procedural propriety on our behalf. They will not decide on an applicant’s eligibility.
Right to re-apply If you have been refused a Blue Badge it is unlikely you will be awarded one on re-application unless your condition has deteriorated or you have since been awarded a benefit which makes you an automatic qualifier (see above).
For general questions about the Blue Badge, you can contact the Initial Enquiry Support Service:
Telephone: 0844 463 0213
If you would prefer to speak to your Local Blue Badge Team use the details below.