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Blue Badges help people with disabilities or health conditions park closer to their destination. It is a national scheme.
The Blue Badge can be used in any vehicle in which the holder is travelling. The holder doesn’t have to be the driver.
Who can qualify for a Blue Badge
You automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if you are over 2 years old and at least one of the following applies:
- you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- you receive Personal Independence Payments (PIP) because you can’t walk more than 50 metres (a score of 8 points or more under the ‘moving around’ activity of the mobility component)
- you are registered blind (severely sight impaired)
- you receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
- you have received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve 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 receive the mobility component of PIP and have obtained 10 points specifically for descriptor E under the ‘planning and following journeys’ activity, on the grounds that you are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause you overwhelming psychological distress
If you have any score other than 10 points under descriptor E, in the ‘planning and following journeys’ activity of PIP you may still be eligible for a Blue Badge, but you do not automatically qualify. This includes if you have a higher score of 12. You will have to provide evidence to demonstrate your eligibility which will be assessed as part of your application.
People who may get a Blue Badge
You may be eligible for a badge if one or more of the following applies:
- you cannot walk at all
- you cannot walk without help from someone else or using mobility aids
- you find walking very difficult due to pain, breathlessness or the time it takes
- walking is dangerous to your health and safety
- you have a terminal illness, which means you cannot walk or find walking very difficult and have a DS1500 form
- you have a severe disability in both arms and drive regularly, but cannot operate pay-and-display parking machines
- you have a child under the age of 3 with a medical condition that means the child always needs to be accompanied by bulky medical equipment
- you have a child under the age of 3 with a medical condition that means the child must always be kept near a vehicle in case they need emergency medical treatment
- you are constantly a significant risk to yourself or others near vehicles, in traffic or car parks
- you struggle severely to plan or follow a journey
- you find it difficult or impossible to control your actions and lack awareness of the impact you could have on others
- you regularly have intense and overwhelming responses to situations causing temporary loss of behavioural control
- you frequently become extremely anxious or fearful of public/open spaces
We will decide if you are eligible for a badge. We cannot start the assessment process until we have all the necessary evidence. It may take 12 weeks or longer to assess your application and you may be invited to attend a mobility assessment which will be carried out by an independent healthcare provider.
If we decide that you are not eligible and you think we did not take account of all the facts, you can ask us to consider your application again as an appeal. If you appeal our decision, we may ask you to provide further information and it may take several months to carry out your appeal.
Apply for or renew a Blue Badge
You can apply for a Blue Badge at the Gov.UK website below. You will also find further information on the application process:
Apply or renew a Blue Badge online at GOV.UK
You must provide proof of identity, address and a passport quality photograph to support your application.
Your address details will be validated by the Assisted Travel team, providing you’ve consented to the council checking any information already held by its departments, for example, Housing Benefit and Council Tax. Alternatively, please provide proof of address in the form of a valid driving licence, a current benefit letter or a tenancy agreement.
The badge holder is responsible for applying to renew their badge.
Please allow up to 8 weeks for us to process your application.
Alternatively, you can download, print and complete a
If you do not have access to the internet or a printer, you can Contact Us to request a printed application form.
A Blue Badge may be issued to organisations that care for and transport disabled people who meet the eligibility criteria for a Blue Badge.
If a number of people in the organisation are eligible for a Blue Badge then it would be more appropriate for those persons to apply for their own Blue Badges.
Organisation Badges will only be issued to an organisation which both:
- cares for and transports disabled persons who meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for an individual Blue Badge
- has a clear need for an organisation Blue Badge rather than using personal Blue Badges of the people it transports
In all circumstances, Blue Badges will be supplied to organisations or departments (for example, a social services department) rather than to individual staff members.
Employees of an organisation must only use the Blue Badge to transport disabled people in their care who meet one or more of the Blue Badge’s eligibility criteria.
If employees use the Blue Badge for parking concessions when there are no passengers in the vehicle who are eligible for a Blue Badge, they’ll face a fine of up to £1,000.
Apply for an organisation Blue Badge
If you are an organisation that transports people that need a Blue Badge you can apply online at GOV.UK
Or download and complete the application form below:
Blue Badge costs
You’ll be charged a £10 administration fee if your application is successful. You must pay this before the Badge is issued. Your Blue Badge will be ordered after we’ve taken your payment.
Allow up to 10 days from the date of payment for your Blue Badges to arrive.
If you have not paid your for your Blue Badge at application stage, we will write to you requesting you to payment using the automated payment line which operates 365 days a year 24/7. The number to call is 0845 356 3456. Please note our advisors are unable to take payment over the telephone. The automated payment line is the quickest and securest way for you to make payments.
Lost, stolen or replacement Blue Badges
All replacement badges cost £10.
- If it’s stolen, you should report it to the police, who will give you crime number.
- To apply for a replacement Blue Badge download and complete the
Replacement Badge Form (PDF 130 KB)
Change of address
If you've changed address, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a good quality copy of a 'proof of address' and include your reference number.
A proof of address can be:
- Valid driving licence
- Council Tax Bill dated within the last 12 months
- Award letter from Service Personnel and Veterans Agency
- Benefit award letter from the DWP
- Housing benefit (or other type of benefit) award letter dated within the 12 months
Blue Badges misuse/fraud
Contact the Assisted Travel Team if you believe that a Blue Badge is being misused. Please include the date, time, location, vehicle registration and Blue Badge Number. You could be prosecuted and fined up to £1,000 and/or have the badge withdrawn if you misuse your badge or allow someone else to misuse it.
Expired Blue Badges
Expired Blue Badges must be returned to the London Borough of Barnet. This also applies to Blue Badges which were issued to a person who has since died.
Read The Blue Badge Scheme: rights and responsibilities in England for more information on your rights and responsibilities, and how to use your Blue Badge.
Where to park using your Blue Badge
- park for up to 3 hours on a yellow line waiting restriction (single or double - the restriction is the same, but double lines apply 24-hours a day) - the accompanying clock must be displayed and the correct time of arrival set
- park for unlimited periods at Pay-by-Phone parking places, unless signage specifies a maximum stay
- park at disabled badge holder parking places, either for an unlimited time or for the time shown on nearby signs
How to use the Blue Badge and clock
The Blue Badge and clock must be displayed for the concessions to apply. Disability parking concessions don’t apply simply because of the vehicle excise duty (tax disc) classification, or because the driver is a Blue Badge holder.
If the Blue Badge and clock are not displayed a vehicle may be issued with a penalty charge notice.