Please note Somerset County Council may decide to charge for this service in the future.
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.
You can download the application form from the 'Information and resources' section of this page, or use the button above to ask for more information.
Please send the downloaded and completed form back to us at:
Traffic Management Group
Somerset County Council
About this service
We recognise the need for disabled people to gain easy access to their vehicles to sustain a good quality of life. The provision of a parking bay normally requires a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO), however, in residential areas, we have relaxed this requirement by the introduction of '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.
What happens next?
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 informing you of our decision.
How long does it take?
You will normally be notified of the decision within 2 weeks. 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 you are successful in your application, it is your responsibility to tell us if the bay is no longer required, for example if you move house.
How much does it cost?
There is no charge.
Laws and regulation
Any bay that is approved will be laid in accordance with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002. 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.