Please note Somerset County Council may decide to charge for this service in the future.
A disabled parking bay may be provided by us for blue badge holders, provided they meet certain conditions. The applicant must be the driver and have no other off street parking available to them.
Exceptions may be made 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 Information and resources or use the button below to request additional information.
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.
Who can use it?
Anyone displaying a blue badge in their vehicle is entitled to use the bay.
How do I use it?
If you are a blue badge holder, the driver and have no off street parking, you may be eligible for a disabled parking bay. Please download and complete an application form and return it to us.
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.
If you are successful in your application, it is your responsibility to inform us if the bay is no longer required, for example if you move house.
How long does it take?
Once an application is received 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 due to inclement weather, especially in winter months, the bay can take up to 4 months.
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.