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.

There is only one place you can apply or renew online – the GOV.UK website. This is where our ‘Apply for or renew a blue badge 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. The page gives you information about how to use the form to apply.

The Government has produced a quick visual guide to show you how easy it is to apply for a blue badge online.

A blue badge costs £10

Apply for or renew a blue badge now

Please note that if you apply online you will not be able to make a payment. You do not need to contact us about this. Once your application form is ready to be processed we will contact you to take payment. We apologise for any inconvenience.

If, once we have contacted you, you would prefer to pay using a card rather than a cheque, please phone us on 0300 123 2224 so that we can take this payment for you.

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 When your old badge has expired it is no longer valid and you should securely dispose of it yourself.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.

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 this kind of service to be able to apply.

If your current badge has been lost, stolen or defaced, please use see our ‘Request a replacement blue badge’ information to order a new one.

We aim to process all applications within 28 days of us receiving all of the above information. If applications are missing information, the application will take longer to process.

We may ask you to attend a mobility clinic where an Occupational Therapist can assess your difficulty with walking. 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.

Please contact us if you would like to check the progress of your application.

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 or supporting documents to our reception area.