Somerset County Council

Apply for a disabled parking bay


We may provide a disabled parking bay for blue badge holders, provided they meet certain conditions. The person who makes the application must be the blue badge holder, must be the driver and have no other off-street parking available to them.

There may be exceptions where the application is on behalf of a minor, for example a disabled child who has to be carried to and from a vehicle.

Please read these guidelines before making your application. This document also has the application form attached.

Please complete the form and send it to your local area Highways office.

Once an application is received, we will carry out an inspection to see if a bay can be marked in a safe manner without affecting other highway users. You will then receive a letter telling you our decision. 

You will normally be told the decision within 28 days. If approved, the bay will be added to our on-going lining maintenance programme. Road paint also needs to be laid on warm dry surfaces and because of bad weather, especially in the winter months, the bay can take up to 4 months.

If your application is successful, it is your responsibility to tell us if the bay is no longer required, for example if you move house. 

There is no charge for this service.

We recognise the need for disabled people to have easy access to their vehicles to keep a good quality of life. Providing a parking bay normally requires a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO), however, in residential areas, we have relaxed this requirement by introducing 'Advisory' disabled bays.

The bays are provided where parking is at a premium and are usually 'advisory' only in a residential area. Anyone displaying a blue badge in a vehicle may use the bay, and generally this is respected by other road users.

In a town centre or areas where nearby yellow lines and other restrictions apply, the bay is usually legally enforceable and will be accompanied by a pole and sign identifying the times of the restriction. It will also be accompanied by a Traffic Regulation Order which makes it illegal to park unless displaying a blue badge, and in accordance with the details on the sign.

Any bay that is approved will be laid in accordance with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016. If a pole and sign accompanies the bay it will have a Traffic Regulation Order to make it illegal to park unless displaying a blue badge. The legal process to make an Order is defined in Traffic Regulation Orders Statutory Procedures Act 1996


Contact: Roads and Transport Team
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

If there is an urgent problem outside these hours and it is a risk to public safety please phone the police on 101.

If you need to visit a highway area office you can find the address of your local office here.

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