Parking for Disabled people

Disabled badge holders information about where to park, disabled parking bays and Blue Badges.

Blue Badges

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.

Find out more about Blue Badges

Where can I park?

Disabled badge holders may park in almost any shared-use bay for pay and display or resident's parking place or Blue Badge holder's disabled bay for free and without a time limit 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.

You can also park for up to three hours on yellow lines as long as you’re not causing an obstruction or breaking a loading restriction.

Disabled badge holders can't park in the zone G permit holder only bays in Macfarlane Road and Hopgood Street, unless you also use a zone G Residents visitor permit (RVP). When parking in these streets, the parking session must be booked but payment does not need to be made for parking.

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.

Disabled bays designated to specific individuals

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. 

How to get a disabled parking bay on your road

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.

To apply for a disabled bay please contact us at

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 email for more information.

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