The Blue Badge Scheme provides a national arrangement of parking concessions for people with certain mobility difficulties.
- Apply or Renew
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Enforcement of Misuse and Abuse
- Can I use a non British Blue Badge?
People who may be issued with a badge without further assessment are those who are more than two years old and fall within one or more of the following descriptions:
- Receives the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA)
- Receives 8 points or more under the "moving around" activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment
- Is registered blind (severely sight impaired)
- Receives a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
- Has been both awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
Eligible subject to further assessment
People who may be issued with a badge after further assessment are those who are more than two years old and fall within one or more of the following descriptions:
- Drives a vehicle regularly, has a severe disability in both arms and is unable to operate, or has considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter
- Has a permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
In addition, children under the age of three may be eligible for a badge if they fall within either or both of the following descriptions:
- A child who, on account of a condition, must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty
- A child who, on account of a condition, must always be kept near a motor vehicle so that, if necessary, treatment for that condition can be given in the vehicle or the child can be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where such treatment can be given
To apply for a new Blue Badge or to renew your existing Blue Badge you can apply online using the approved government website. Alternatively you can telephone Processing and Enforcement Services on the number below and request an application to be sent to you by post.
(Please note that this form is only for residents who live within the boundary covered by Nottingham City Council - i.e. those who pay their Council Tax to Nottingham City Council).
Please return completed application forms to:
Processing and Enforcement Services
PO Box 10169, Nottingham
Telephone: 0115 876 1499 option 4
There is an administration fee of £10.00.
You must supply:
- A photocopy of the qualifying evidence for an automatic entitlement if applicable
- Proof of residency
- Two proofs of identification i.e. passport, drivers license
- One recent passport-style/size photograph of yourself signed on the back
- A cheque/postal order for £10.00 made payable to Nottingham City Council (non-refundable)
Please do not send cash or original documents to us in the post.
If you are successful in obtaining a Blue Badge you will also be sent a letter advising that it cannot be displayed in a clear plastic pocket as this may cause damage to the badge and would require you to pay for a replacement.
If you still wish to display your badge and time clock together in a wallet, new specially designed wallets suitable for the new badges are available and can be obtained by contacting us on 0115 876 1499 where a small fee would be payable.
Apply on Behalf of Someone Else
You can apply on behalf of a person with a disability if you are a parent or guardian of a child up to the age of 16 years or helping someone who has difficulty writing, for example due to poor eyesight or poor co-ordination. However all sections of the form should be completed with the name and details of the person who qualifies for the badge, NOT the person applying on their behalf.
If the application is for a child under the age of 12 years, the signature can be provided by their parent or guardian. In all other cases the named applicant must sign the form and photographs.
How long is the Blue Badge valid for?
Blue badges are usually issued for 3 years.
If your badge was issued by Nottingham City Council, we will write to you approximately 6 weeks before your badge is about to expire to remind you to re-apply for a new one.
Who can use the Blue Badge?
The Blue Badge is issued to a person, not a vehicle. This means the badge holder may use the concessions whenever he/she travels as a driver or passenger, regardless of who owns the vehicle.
Only the Blue Badge holder may use the concessions, so the Badge holder must be in the vehicle when the concession is being claimed.
It is a criminal offence for someone other than the badge holder to use the Blue Badge concessions. If they do, they are liable to a fine of up to £1,000. The Blue Badge can be withdrawn if the holder misuses it or allows others to use it.
Please see our Blue Badge Misuse/Abuse and Enforcement information on the page below.
What happens if I move?
You may continue to use your existing Blue Badge.
If you've moved away from Nottingham City Council, you will need to apply to your new local authority for a new badge when your current badge expires.
What happens if my Badge is lost or stolen?
You should report the matter to the Police - Blue Badges are valuable in the wrong hands. They will supply a crime number or a lost property reference. You will then need to contact the Blue Badge team on 0115 876 1499 option 4 and report the incident to them. You will be asked to fill in a Badge Replacement Form that will be sent to you. There will be an administration fee of £10.00 for any replacement badge. You will also need to provide a replacement photograph that has been taken within the last month.
Where can I Park?
You may park using your Blue Badge in the following locations:-
Designated Disabled Parking Bays
You may park for free. Unless signs say otherwise, you may park without time limit.
You must display the Blue Badge (and the blue parking clock if the bay is time limited).
Always try to use these bays instead of parking on yellow lines.
Pay and Display Parking Bays
Badge holders may park for free and for as long as they need to. You must display the Blue Badge.
Parking on Yellow Lines
Badge holders may park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours but in general not where there are restrictions on loading or unloading - indicated by yellow kerb dashes and/or signs on plates. (You may wish to check whether a particular local authority has chosen to exempt Blue Badge holders from this restriction.) Where local schemes apply, such as those that apply in parts of central London (see page 27 of your Blue Badge Rights and Responsibilities handbook), you should check the rules for that area.
You must display the Blue Badge and the blue parking clock showing the quarter hour period during which you arrived.
Time restricted Parking Bays
You may park for an unlimited period within these marked bays, whilst your badge is on display.
Where you must not Park
Information on where your Blue Badge is NOT valid for parking is detailed in the Blue Badge Scheme: rights and responsibilities in England booklet that was sent to you when you received your Badge. If you need further copies, please see the PDF copy below:-
The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere. You must NOT park during the time a ban on loading or unloading is in force (normally indicated by one or two yellow marks on the kerb at the times shown on post mounted plates).
However, in pedestrian areas, waiting and loading restrictions may be in force even where there are no yellow lines shown on the road or kerb. Details of any restrictions in force will be shown on plates displayed at the kerb side of the road. You must NOT park in the following places:
- where there are double white lines in the centre of the road even if one of the lines is broken
- in a bus or tram lane during its hours of operation
- in a cycle lane
- on any clearway, double or single red lines during their hours of operation
- on all pedestrian crossings - including Zebra, Pelican, Toucan and Puffin crossings
- on zig-zag markings before and after Zebra, Pelican, Toucan and Puffin crossings
- in parking places reserved for specific users, e.g. loading bays, taxis, cycles
- where temporary restrictions on parking are in force along a length of road e.g. as indicated by no-waiting cones
- on a residents parking bay, unless there are signs showing that you may do so, or you have checked with the local authority Highways Department that you may do so
- in suspended Pay and Display meter bays or when use of the meter or bay is prohibited
- on school keep clear markings during the hours shown on a yellow no- stopping plate
You must NOT park where it would be obstructive or cause a danger to others. The following are likely examples:
- at school entrances, bus stops, on a bend, or near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
- where it would make it difficult for others to see clearly, eg close to a junction
- where it would make the road narrow, eg by a traffic island or where road work is in progress
- where it would hold up traffic, eg in narrow stretches of road or blocking vehicle entrances
- where emergency vehicles stop or go in and out, eg hospital entrances
- where the kerb has been lowered or the road raised to form a pedestrian crossing
- on a pavement unless signs permit it
How Should I Display My Blue Badge Correctly?
When using the parking concessions you must display the badge on the dashboard or facia panel, where it can be clearly read through the front windscreen. If there is no dashboard or facia panel in your vehicle, you must still display the badge in a place where it can be clearly read from outside the vehicle. The front of the badge should face upwards, showing the wheelchair symbol. The side showing the photograph should not be visible through the windscreen. You must also ensure that the details on the front of the badge remain legible. If they become unreadable through fading or wear and tear, you must return the badge to your local authority so they can issue you with a new one. Displaying a badge that is illegible may result in a Penalty.
Blind people need to ensure that people displaying the badge or clock on their behalf understand how to display them correctly.
Incorrect display of the badge may result in a Penalty.
For information about misuse and abuse of the Blue Badge scheme, please click the link below:
When visiting Nottingham City it may be possible to use a Blue Badge issued in another country. For further information please contact Nottingham City Council directly in the following ways:
Online: Online enquiry form
Call: 0115 876 1499
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