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Apply for or renew a blue badge

 

The Blue Badge Scheme provides national parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties who travel as drivers or passengers. The scheme is also for people who are severely sight impaired. 

Blue badges are not automatically renewed. You can apply for a new one up to 11 weeks before your blue badge expires. We will contact you up to 10 weeks before the expiry date on your badge to remind you to apply for a new one. When you receive your new badge, it should not be used until the 'valid from' date, which is clearly shown on the badge. When your old badge has expired it is no longer valid and you should securely dispose of it yourself. There is no need to return it to us.

A blue badge costs £10. 

Please be aware that there are some organisations and websites which offer a service to help you apply and they will charge you for this help. You don't have to use such a service to be able to apply.

There is only one place you can apply or renew online and that is on the GOV.UK website. This is where our 'Apply or renew now' button takes you. This is a national system and we recommend that you carefully read and follow the instructions on the GOV.UK website.

Apply or renew now  

Clicking the button will take you to the blue badge application page on the GOV.UK website, where applications are processed centrally. The page gives you information about how to use the online form to apply and how to track your application. Please read the instructions carefully on how you can track your application.

Please note that we may need to ask you to attend a mobility clinic where an Occupational Therapist can assess your difficulty with walking.

We aim to process all applications within 28 days of us receiving all your supporting documents, payment and photo. If applications are missing information, the application will take longer to process. If your application is referred to an Occupational Therapist this may extend the time it takes for your application to be finalised, depending on the availability of clinic appointments.

Badges are sent centrally and can take 5 to 10 days to arrive by post after your application is processed.

We do not offer a drop in service, so please don't bring your application, payment orsupporting documents to our reception area. 

If you did not pay online initially for your blue badge, but you would prefer to pay using a card rather than cheque, please phone us on 0300 123 2224 so that we can take this payment for you.  

Who can have a blue badge 
You can get a badge without further assessment if you:

  • receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • receive a Personal Independence Payment for being unable to walk further than 50 metres (a score of 8 points or more under the ‘moving around’ activity of the mobility component)
  • are registered blind (severely sight impaired)
  • receive the War Pensioner's mobility supplement 
  • are a severely disabled service person or veteran who is compensated under the new Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS)
  • have received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1 to 8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and has been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking

If any of these criteria apply, you must include proof of eligibility with your application.

If you are registered blind or severely sight impaired, you must send us either a Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI) or a BD8 form signed by a Consultant Ophthalmologist, which states that you are severely sight impaired (blind). If you are unable to provide this information, state the name of the local authority or borough where you are registered as severely sight impaired (blind). We will check this when we process your application.

If you have a terminal illness with a life expectancy of 6 months or less, and can provide a valid DS1500, you are eligible for a blue badge. To apply please complete the Blue badge application form for individuals 

You can get a badge following an assessment if you:

  • have a permanent disability that means you can’t walk or have considerable difficulty walking
  • have a severe disability in both your upper limbs, you regularly drive a motor vehicle and that you are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty operating, all or some types of on-street parking equipment
  • are a child under the age of 3 who always needs medical equipment with you that cannot easily be transported, or if you are affected by unstable medical conditions and may require emergency treatment

For more information about eligibility and the evidence we require, please see the Blue badge application form guidance 

Organisational blue badges
Organisations which transport disabled people and who meet the eligibility criteria can also apply for a blue badge. 

You can apply online on the GOV.UK website 

You can apply for multiple badges for your organisation by completing just one application form.   

The GOV.UK website has more detailed information about organisational blue badges. 

Where you can park 
Most car parks provide dedicated parking bays for blue badge holders, you should always check the display boards for pricing. Blue badges are sometimes not recognised in private car parks.

On-street parking is free. You may also be exempt from limited parking times and can park for up to three hours on yellow lines (except where restrictions are indicated). Please, always check local signs for information.

There are also agreements about where you can park when travelling in Europe.

You can use a blue badge on a moped. The badge must be visible and securely fitted to the moped.

Contacts

Contact: Blue Badge Scheme
Email: bluebadgescheme@somerset.gov.uk
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Opening Hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

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