Blue Badges

Blue Badges

What is the blue badge for?

The blue European parking badge allows people with severe walking difficulties to park close to places they wish to visit.

Where can I park with a blue badge?

Blue badge holders can park:-

  • in any shared use parking bay
  • on single or double yellow lines (for up to 3 hours, except where there is a ban on loading or unloading)
  • in a disabled parking bay (as long as it is not individually numbered)

Please remember, you must display both your badge and clock to park on yellow lines or in a disabled parking bay. See also » Where can't I park?

Misuse of blue badges

As part of our commitment to the blue badge scheme, we may issue penalty charge notices to vehicles which are parked incorrectly or appear to be misusing blue badges. In some circumstances, we may relocate vehicles. We may remove a vehicle to our car pound where we believe there is clear evidence of misuse of a blue badge - in such cases, the council may also prosecute the person believed to have misused the badge.

If you receive a penalty charge notice while displaying a blue badge, you have the same rights to challenge the ticket as any other motorist.

Who can apply for a blue badge?

You are automatically entitled to a badge if: 

  • you receive disability living allowance (higher rate mobility allowance)
  • you are registered blind
  • you receive a war pensioners’ mobility supplement
  • you drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe congenital disability in both arms, and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter.  

Badges can also be provided under assessed criteria if you have a permanent and substantial disability that means you have considerable difficulty walking. In this case you will be asked to visit us so we can ask you some questions to work out if you are eligible and you will be required to undergo a mobility assessment conducted by a physiotherapist. As discretionary applications require a mobility assessment they may take longer to process.

How to apply for a blue badge

Download an application form, Blue badge application/renewal form (PDF)

Or contact us to request an application form,

You can post your form back to us, see Ways to contact us for postal address. 

Or apply in person at the h&f direct centre.  

Or apply online at

From 1 Jan 2012, new, renewed or replaced badges will cost £10. This charge will cover administration, production and postage to the council of the blue badge. Payment will be taken when the badge is collected from the council.

Once your request for a blue badge has been agreed it will take up to  two weeks before the badge is available for collection.

Where can't I park?

A blue badge does not entitle the holder to:

  • Park where there are loading restrictions. These are shown by yellow markings on the kerbstones. Signs nearby will tell you when the restriction applies.
  • Park across a dropped kerb. These are used by prams, wheelchairs and other pedestrians. Blocking them can cause serious difficulties to these people when they try to cross the road.
  • Park in front of a crossover. This is an access crossing for vehicles to drive off of the road onto private land.
  • Park in a bay marked for other special users. For example doctors bay, market traders bay, motorcycle bay or goods vehicle only.
  • Some disabled bays have been designated for use by specific individuals, such bays are individually numbered and blue badges are not valid in these bays.

Parking in Macfarlane Road and Hopgood Street

Please note that parking in Macfarlane Road and Hopgood Street in Zone G is restricted to permit holders only.

Blue badge holders who want to park in the permit holder bays in Macfarlane Road and Hopgood Street MUST display both a valid Zone G SMART Visitor Permit (SVP) AND the blue badge but you do not need to activate the SVP.

SVPs are issued to residents in Zone G to allow their visitors to park. They offer pre-paid parking for residents' visitors and usually need to be activated when displayed in a visitors' vehicle.

» Visit the SMART Visitor Permit web page

Want to know more?

Changes to the blue badge in January 2012

A new style blue badge was introduced nationwide in January 2012. Local Authorities are obliged to issue these new badges for all new applications, renewals and replacements.

» Find out more about the changes

Parking in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea

» Find out about parking for disabled and older residents in our neighbouring boroughs.

Page last updated: 16/10/2013