Blue Badge Scheme

Not all disabilities are visible, some are “hidden” and are not immediately obvious. Living with any disability, visible or non-visible, can make daily life more demanding for people, it can be difficult for others to identify, acknowledge or understand the challenges they face.

Nottinghamshire County Council aim to work with people and their carers` to promote independence and enable people to live their best lives. Nottinghamshire County Council have a Blue Badge Team who administer the Blue Badge Scheme on behalf of the Department of Transport. The aim of the Blue Badge Scheme is to help people with severe mobility problems caused by visible and non-visible (hidden) disabilities to park closer to their destination.

To apply for a Blue Badge, you will need to complete a form on the GOV.UK website. The form will ask you some questions about your circumstances to check your initial eligibility. If you are identified as eligible based on your answers, you will be asked to complete further questions that will provide the information needed to confirm your eligibility in full for a Blue Badge.

A Blue Badge is issued for a maximum of 3 years and when it expires a new application is required. Your application will be assessed on the information you supply on this application form. Historic information for previous badge holders is not kept and therefore it is the applicant’s responsibility to provide as much detail and evidence as possible.

Nottinghamshire County Council are committed to enhancing your independence and our Customer Service Centre will be happy to support you with any queries you may have to help you to live your best lives.

Apply or re-apply for a Blue Badge on GOV.UK

There are two types of eligibility:

Type 1 “Eligible without further assessment”.

Type 2 “Eligible subject to further assessment”

Whether you fall into Type 1 or 2 “Eligibility” you will need to apply for a Blue Badge. 

 We are unable to make comment on medical conditions and/or individual circumstances. 

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) or score 10 points under Activity 11, descriptor E in the 'planning and following a journey' part of the mobility component, which states 'you cannot undertake any journeys because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress'.
  • 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 an enduring and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking, which may include very considerable psychological distress; 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 at risk of serious harm, or pose a risk of serious harm to any other person, when walking
  • are an organisation caring for disabled people meeting the eligibility criteria. This is entirely at our discretion.

You are required to provide evidence of your identity, address and qualifying criteria when making your blue badge application. 

We have listed below which documents are acceptable to use.  We do not return documents once your application has been processed so please only provide a photocopy of the document if you need to retain the original for your own records

Proof of address:

  • current Council Tax bill showing your name and address, dated within the last 12 months
  • valid driving licence
  • benefit letter from the DWP dated within the last 12 months
  • pension letter from the Pension Service dated within the last 12 months
  • if under 16, a confirmation letter from the school the child attends
  • housing benefit (or other benefit) letter dated within the last 12 months
  • award letter from the Service Personnel and Veterans agency dated within the last 12 months
  • a confirmation letter from Social Services or other Local Authority service confirming the customer is resident at that address.
  • bank Statement or Utility bill dated within the last 3 months.

Proof of identity:

  • passport
  • valid driving licence
  • birth/Adoption Certificate
  • marriage/Divorce Certificate
  • NCC Bus Pass
  • certificate of British Nationality
  • HMS Forces Card
  • identity Card for foreign nationals.

Supporting documents relating to your disability:

  • a letter of diagnosis, as up to date as possible
  • evidence of the progression of the condition over time
  • evidence of prescribed medications relevant to your condition
  • evidence of specialist consultations or referrals for such
  • evidence of risk planning/assessment
  • your patient summary or Summary Care Records
  • education Health and Care Plans (EHCP)
  • care plans from social care teams
  • social housing letters/assessment reports from local authority
  • letters from other professionals involved in your care
  • personal Independence Payment (PIP) decision letters
  • evidence of other benefits received
  • contact details of professionals who can support your application.

Supporting documents relating to your qualifying benefit:

  • proof of Personal Independence Payment (Must include breakdown of either Moving around score of 8 or more for PIPMOVE and 10 points under Planning and following a journey descriptor – must be descriptor E ‘cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant’ and must state end date of award) – Dated within the last 12 months
  • proof of higher rate disability allowance – dated within the last 12 months
  • proof of War Pensioners Mobility Supplement  - dated within the last 12 months
  • proof of being 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 – dated within the last 12 months
  • proof of being registered blind -CVI or BD.

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.

We will aim to process applications as quickly as possible, but please allow up to twelve weeks for processing. This includes re-applications.

It may be necessary for one of our Expert Assessors to talk with you regarding your disability and eligibility for a Blue Badge, this could be over the phone or at a clinic venue; you will be notified if this is necessary.  The time scales for this process will vary but will usually take between 4 to 12 weeks and the outcome may or may not result in a Blue Badge.

If you are eligible, the badge will be sent to you by second class post once we have received all the correct documents, photograph and payment of £10 from you.

If you are not eligible

If you are not eligible for a badge, we will write to you explaining this. If you think the decision is wrong, you can contact us to ask us to review it.

Unless you can provide additional medical evidence in relation to your conditions and how they impact you (information that you have not previously provided), or your condition has significantly deteriorated since you applied for the Blue Badge, then your request to change the decision is unlikely to be successful.

Guidance on using your Blue Badge is set out in this Department for 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 your 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.

Destroying expired badges

Once a badge has expired we ask that you destroy it to prevent fraudulent use by others.  You do not need to return an expired badge to us.

Existing badge holders who have lost, had stolen or damaged their current badge can order a replacement from us.

If your badge has expired you cannot order a replacement. You will need to complete a new application on the GOV.UK website to re-apply.

You will need

A payment card, to make an online payment of £10 for a replacement badge.

What will happen next

You will receive your replacement within one week.

Order a replacement

Please be aware that there is only one charge for a blue badge, which is £10 once an application has been approved.  Applications can be made for free either online or using a paper form.  We are aware of some fraudulent websites which charge applicants a substantial fee to submit an application.  These websites often guarantee an application will be approved but that isn't the case.  You should only submit an application online using the website, which we have linked to in the Apply section above.

If you have been affected by a website like this, contact Citizens Advice for support.

The quickest way to contact us is online and we’ve made it easier for you to send us an enquiry, submit an appeal, upload supporting application documents and more.

If you've not been able to find what you're looking for in the sections above you can contact us.

Contact the Blue Badge Team

Alternative ways to do this

If you'd prefer to speak to someone you can call our Customer Service team

Moving to another council area 

If you are moving to another council area you can carry on using your badge until it is due to expire.

Twelve weeks before the expiry date you will need to apply for your badge again via your new council area, using your new address.

Destroying expired badges

Once a badge has expired we ask that you destroy it to prevent fraudulent use by others. You do not need to return an expired badge to us.

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