Disabled parking bays

Disabled bays are clearly marked as individual bays with ‘DISABLED’ painted on the road. Any driver correctly displaying a valid Blue Badge can park in the bay.

Blue Badge holders can also park in almost any shared use bay in the borough when correctly displaying a Blue Badge. You do not have to park in a designated disabled parking bay. For this reason we do not provide a map of disabled parking bays. 

Some disabled bays have been designated for use by specific individuals. Such bays are individually numbered – a vehicle parking in such a bay must clearly display a valid disabled permit which is specific to that bay. Blue Badges are not valid in these bays. Find out about Blue Badges

If you are a Blue Badge holder, we want to help you park near your home. If you do not have a driveway or garage, you can apply for a disabled parking bay as close to your house or flat as possible.

How to get a disabled parking bay on your road

To apply for a disabled bay please contact us at traffic.orders@lbhf.gov.uk.

If you apply for a bay, we will pay for you to have an independent medical assessment so that we can assess your mobility. From when we receive your application it can take up to five months to set up a bay as legally we must consult the emergency services and transport groups.

Disabled parking bay application criteria

To ensure that priority is given to applicants with the greatest need, the following general principles are applied:

a) The applicant must be a holder of a Blue Badge and should be the driver of the vehicle. Passengers will be considered only if they are under the age of 18.

b) The applicant is unable to walk more than 50 metres. An independent medical assessment will be required at the council’s expense.

c) The applicant’s address must have no off-street parking space, or space which could be reasonably made available for parking (e.g. a front garden of sufficient depth for conversion, and provision of a vehicle crossover).

d) An organisation may make a single application for its employees and visitors. The organisation must show that the disabled parking place would be in constant use during the course of the day. The above criteria (b) and (c) would apply to the address of the organisation.

A bay is marked on the carriageway with the word ‘DISABLED’ in bold, and a post and disabled sign placed on the kerb within the bay markings. Bays are not for a specific vehicle or person but for general use by all disabled drivers.

A vehicle displaying a current Blue Badge, and being driven by the named badge holder is permitted to wait on single or double yellow line for a maximum of 3 hours, provided the card disc or 'clock' supplied for this purpose is set and displayed. This does not apply where restrictions on loading are in force (single or double yellow marks on the kerb).

In this borough disabled badge holders are also exempt from payment for designated street parking places ("pay and display" parking places, residents bays, etc) in which they may park at any time, and for unlimited duration.

Please call 020 8753 3396 for further information.