Blue badge and parking bays
The Blue Badge Scheme helps you to park closer to your destination if you are disabled
The Blue Badge Scheme aims to help people who have difficulty getting to places because of visible and non-visible (‘hidden’) disabilities to access goods and services by allowing them to park close to their destination, whether they are a driver or a passenger.
Who can get a blue badge?
Some people automatically qualify for a blue badge and other people need to undergo an assessment to determine whether or not they meet the eligibility criteria.
More information on who qualifies for a blue badge is available here:
Who can get a Blue Badge? - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
How do I apply?
You must apply online:
Apply for or renew a Blue Badge
This is for new applications as well as reapplications.
If you need assistance to complete the application, you can call into a One Stop Shop and an Officer will be able to help you. Details such as any medical conditions, involvement from healthcare professionals and medication you take will be required at the time of application.
How long does it take?
If you are applying under the ‘subject to further assessment’ route, it can take up to 12 weeks (sometimes longer) for a decision to be reached (for both new and reapplications).
How much does it cost?
The badge issue fee is £10 (including badge renewals). Badges are normally issued for a three-year period.
The £10 fee is payable online via our
payment portal. Alternatively, payment can be made by card at any One Stop Shop or by telephone on 0151 907 8309.
When can I reapply for my blue badge?
You can reapply for your badge up to three months prior to the expiry date shown on your current badge. To avoid being without a badge it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible, particularly if you are applying under the ‘subject to further assessment’ criteria.
What do I do if I think someone is committing blue badge fraud?
You can report blue badge fraud online via this link:
Rights and responsibilities
The Department for Transport provide guidance on the rights and responsibilities of blue badge holders:
The Blue Badge scheme: rights and responsibilities in England - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Disabled Parking Bays
In order to be eligible for an advisory disabled parking bay you must:
- hold a blue badge
- have a vehicle registered at the address, and the designated driver must also live at the address
- be in receipt of higher mobility allowance
- In addition, there should not be an alternative means of off-street parking or space within the property boundary to provide off-street parking for the applicant
If you wish to apply for a disabled parking bay, please complete the Application for a disabled parking bay Form.
For more information you can email