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.
The badge is personal to you and can be used in any vehicle in which you travel either as a driver or a passenger.
Where can I park with a Blue Badge?
Blue Badge holders can park:
- in any shared use parking bay for ‘Pay and Display’ and residents
- on single or double yellow lines (for up to three 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.
Misuse of Blue Badges
To stop people misusing Blue Badges, we issue parking tickets to vehicles parked incorrectly or appearing to break the rules. In some circumstances, we may need to move vehicles to our car pound. Where we believe there is clear evidence of a Blue Badge being misused, we may also prosecute the person believed to have misused the badge.
If you receive a parking ticket while displaying a Blue Badge, you have the same rights to challenge it as any other motorist.
Who can apply for a Blue Badge?
You are automatically entitled to a badge if:
- you are registered blind
- you receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – High Rate Mobility Component
- you are in receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and have scored eight points or more in the ‘Moving Around’ category within the Mobility Component
- 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.
If you do not meet one of the automatic criteria, but you have a permanent and substantial disability that makes walking difficult, we will need to assess your eligibility. This may take longer to process and you may be asked to attend a mobility assessment with a qualified occupational therapist.
We don’t issue Blue Badges for people with temporary conditions, such as broken legs or hip replacements, unless there are other substantial mobility issues.
Under special circumstances, applications may be made for children from 0-3 years old if they suffer a condition that either requires the transportation of bulky medical equipment at all times or the possibility of immediate transportation for emergency treatment.
Only one badge can be issued per person for their personal use in whichever vehicle they travel.
In certain circumstances, if you can’t sign the application yourself, we need your photograph and details, but someone else can sign the application on your behalf. We will ask this person for proof they have the power to do this, for example proof of power of attorney.
How to apply for or renew a Blue Badge
The quickest and easiest way to submit your application is online via the GOV.UK website. You will have the option to upload your documents and a photograph as you progress your application.
You will need to provide:
- Proof of address
- Proof of ID
- Proof of eligibility (where required)
- A recent passport style photograph
If you can’t upload your documents or photograph, don’t worry. You can send them to us:
- by email email@example.com or
- by post to: H&F Direct, Pay and Park (AT), PO Box 60820, London W6 9UZ
Apply by paper application
Request an application form:
- call us on 020 8753 6681 - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, except Thursday 9am to 4pm
- email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- download a Blue Badge application/renewal form (pdf 600KB)
Submit your application, photograph and supporting documents (copies only no originals):
- email to email@example.com
- post to: H&F Direct, Pay and Park (AT), PO Box 60820, London W6 9UZ
- in person by booking an appointment online (Accessible Transport operates an appointment-only system)
New, renewed or replaced badges cost £10. This charge covers administration, production and postage. You will need to pay before we order your badge. We will contact you to request payment. Once we receive your payment, we will post your Blue Badge directly to your address. It can take up to two weeks to receive your badge.
You will need to renew your Blue Badge when your old one expires and you should contact our office 4-6 weeks before your badge expires. To prevent misuse, we do not automatically send a new one to you.
Where can't I park?
You can't park:
- where there are loading restrictions - these are shown by yellow markings on the kerb and signs nearby will tell you when the restriction applies
- across a dropped kerb - these are used by prams, wheelchairs and other pedestrians and blocking them can cause serious difficulties to people when they try to cross the road
- in front of a crossover - this is an access crossing for vehicles to drive off the road onto private land
- in a bay marked for other special users - for example a doctor’s bay, market trader’s bay, motorcycle bay or ‘goods-vehicle-only’ bay
- electric vehicle parking bays - these are specialised bays for the charging of electric vehicles only
- in a disabled bay designated for use by specific people - these bays are individually numbered and Blue Badges are not valid in these bays.
Displaying your badge
You must display your parking badge and clock clearly on your dashboard, not overlapping each other. The badge must have the wheelchair symbol facing up. Don’t display the side with your photograph and personal details. You could get a parking fine if you don’t display your Blue Badge correctly.
You should keep your badge safe and only display it when you need to use it for parking. Leaving the badge displayed makes the writing fade which could lead to a fine, and is an open invitation to thieves. If your badge fades, or is damaged, please tell us so we can replace it.
Lost or stolen badges
Please tell us if your badge has been lost or stolen. If your badge has been stolen you should also contact the police. They will give you a crime number which you should give us and we will replace your badge.
Parking in Macfarlane Road and Hopgood Street
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 and the Blue Badge, but you do not need to activate the visitor permit.
We issue visitor permits 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 visitor’s vehicle.
Visit our visitor permit webpage
Want to know more?
- GOV.UK has more information about Blue Badge parking
- Contact the accessible transport team about Blue Badges, the Taxicard scheme and freedom passes.