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Blue badge scheme

The blue badge scheme helps you park closer to your destination if you’re disabled.

Blue badge eligibility

You will automatically qualify for a blue badge if you:

  • receive the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA)
  • receive eight points or more under the 'Moving Around' descriptor of the mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • are registered blind (severely sight impaired)
  • receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
  • have been awarded a lump sum benefit at tariff 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.

You may be eligible for a badge if you:

  • have a permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or
    very considerable difficulty in walking. In this case you may be asked to have an independent mobility assessment
  • drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and have considerable difficulty in operating all, or some, types of parking meter
  • are aged under three years and have to be accompanied everywhere by bulky medical equipment
  • are an organisation caring for disabled people meeting the eligibility criteria. This is entirely at our discretion.

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Blue badge eligibility

You will automatically qualify for a blue badge if you:

  • receive the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA)
  • receive eight points or more under the 'Moving Around' descriptor of the mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • are registered blind (severely sight impaired)
  • receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
  • have been awarded a lump sum benefit at tariff 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.

You may be eligible for a badge if you:

  • have a permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or
    very considerable difficulty in walking. In this case you may be asked to have an independent mobility assessment
  • drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and have considerable difficulty in operating all, or some, types of parking meter
  • are aged under three years and have to be accompanied everywhere by bulky medical equipment
  • are an organisation caring for disabled people meeting the eligibility criteria. This is entirely at our discretion.

Apply for a blue badge

You can apply online via GOV.UK.

If you need help to complete the form, please ring us on 0300 500 80 80.

When you complete the form on the GOV.UK website they will send the details to us so we can make a decision about your application.

A blue badge costs £10 and this is the only payment you make as part of the applications process. When you apply you will need to send a cheque or postal order to:

The Blue Badge Team
Nottinghamshire County Council
Customer Service Centre
PO Box 9320
Nottingham
NG15 5BL

Please send this in with your proof of identity.

The money will be returned if your application is not successful.

There are various websites that offer support or guidance with your application for an additional fee. These websites are not associated with any other Government Agency or Council and you can get free advice by phoning 0300 500 80 80. If you are asked for any payment other than the £10 fee for the blue badge please reconsider the method you are using to apply.

Post

If you are unable to apply online, you can download and print an application form.

There are a number of different forms. Please make sure you use the one most appropriate for your circumstances.

You can find more information about who automatically qualifies for a blue badge on the eligibility page.

Send completed forms to:

The Blue Badge Team 
Nottinghamshire County Council 
Customer Service Centre
PO Box 9320 
Nottingham
NG15 5BL

Decision-making process

Your details will come to us whether you apply online through GOV.UK or complete a paper application form. We will then consider your application and make a decision about whether you are eligible for a badge or not.

If you are automatically eligible, the badge will be sent to you by second class post within 14 working days of us receiving all the correct documents, photographs and payment of £10 from you.

If you are not automatically eligible your application will require further assessment. We will aim to complete this assessment as quickly as possible, but please allow up to eight weeks for it to be processed. This includes renewal applications.

Telephone 0300 500 80 80 if your badge does not arrive within these times.

If we ask for an independent mobility assessment we will make an appointment for you to see an occupational therapist. They will do the assessment.

If you are not eligible

If you are not eligible for a badge we will write to you giving the reason. If you think the decision is wrong we will review it. To request a review, write to us explaining why you believe the decision was wrong:

The Blue Badge Team, 
Nottinghamshire County Council, 
Customer Service Centre, 
PO Box 9320, 
Nottingham
NG15 5BL

You may be asked to have an independent mobility assessment with an occupational therapist as part of the review. If you have already had this assessment, you must provide new evidence about your difficulty in walking when you ask for the review.

Use of your blue badge

Guidance on using your blue badge is set out in this Department of Transport booklet.

Where you can use it

In general you can use your badge for parking:

  • on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours, unless there is a ban on loading or unloading
  • at 'on-street' parking meters and pay-and-display machines for free and for as long as you need to
  • in disabled parking bays. You can find out which car parks have disabled parking bays by checking the car parks information on the relevant district council website.

Where you cannot use it

The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere. If you park where it would cause an obstruction or danger to other road users you could be fined or have your vehicle removed.

Particular places where you must not park include:

  • where a ban on loading or unloading is in force
  • where parking places are reserved for specific users such as resident’s bays or loading bays
  • pedestrian crossings (zebra, pelican, toucan and puffin crossings), including areas marked by zig-zag lines
  • clearways (no stopping)
  • a bus stop clearway during its hours of operation
  • an urban clearway within its hours of operation. You may only pick up or drop off passengers
  • school 'keep clear' markings during the hours shown on a yellow no-stopping plate
  • Bus, tram or cycle lanes or cycle tracks
  • Where there are double white lines in the centre of the road (even if one of the lines is broken)
  • Where temporary parking restrictions are in force, as shown by no-waiting cones or temporary signs.

Displaying badge

Make sure the badge is facing upwards, so that the details on the front can be clearly seen. It should be placed on the dashboard.

You will get a time clock with your badge This must also be displayed when you are parking on a parking restriction, such as a double or single yellow line. Many disabled bays also have time restrictions and you must check the signs before leaving your vehicle.

Displaying the badge and clock on your dashboard helps the Enforcement Officers (traffic wardens) check that the badge is valid and that you have not exceeded the parking time.

Lost or stolen blue badge

If you lose your blue badge or time clock, or they are stolen, ring us on 0300 500 80 80.

You will have to apply for a replacement badge. You will be asked to pay £10 for the replacement.

Misuse

A badge can be withdrawn if you misuse it or allow others to misuse it. You should only use your badge if you are travelling in the vehicle as a driver or a passenger. If you give it to someone else to use, this counts as misuse.

You should report the misuse of a badge to 0300 500 80 80 or enquiries@nottscc.gov.uk.

You could also contact the police. It is a criminal offence to misuse a blue badge and could lead to a £1,000 fine.

If you receive a letter saying that you have misused your badge and you disagree, contact us on 0300 500 80 80 or enquiries@nottscc.gov.uk.

If the blue badge holder dies, what do I do with their badge?

You can take the badge to the register office when you register the death. We will then cancel the badge and update our records without you needing to do anything else.

If you aren't able to return the badge at the registrar office you can post it back to:

The Blue Badge Team
Nottinghamshire County Council
Customer Service Centre
PO Box 9320
Nottingham
NG15 5BL

Please include a letter letting us know the date of the badge holder's death. We will then cancel the badge and update our records for you.

Renew your blue badge

A letter reminding you to renew your blue badge will be sent to you about eight weeks before your badge expires.

Please let us know if you move house, so that the letter goes to the right address.

We will not automatically send you a new badge when your current one expires. It is your responsibility to re-apply for a new blue badge.

How to renew

To renew your blue badge you need to re-apply.

You will have to go through the same process as you would to apply for the first time. This is because:

  • your situation (and what you are eligible for) might have changed
  • the criteria for getting a blue badge might have changed. We need to assess your situation against the latest criteria so you need to fill out a new application and provide all of the evidence requested.

Changed address

If you are moving address, but are staying within Nottinghamshire, you should contact our Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 80 80 or enquiries@nottscc.gov.uk to give them your new address. This will make sure that when we send you a reminder letter that your badge is about to expire it will go to the right address.

If you are moving to another council area you can carry on using your badge until it is due to expire. Six weeks before the expiry date you need to apply for your badge again via your new council area, using your new address.

For more advice ring the Initial Enquiry Support Service for what you need to do.

Changed vehicle

If you have changed your vehicle you don't need to inform us. As the blue badge can be used in any vehicle, we don't need to have a record of your new registration number.

Initial Enquiry Support Service

The Blue Badge Initial Enquiry Support Service can answer general queries. For example:

  • the use of the badge when travelling abroad
  • what the toll concessions are for badge holders
  • details of how to use the badge and where to report misuse.

 Contact them

  • telephone: 0844 4630213 (Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm. Answerphone out of these hours)
  • email: bluebadge@northgate-is.com
  • post: Blue Badge Unit, Northgate Information Solutions, Wellington House, Wynyard Park, Billington TS22 5TB.

The service does not deal with applications or appeals.

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