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Postal strikes

There may be some delays during the delivery process if you are successful for a Blue Badge due to industrial action by Royal Mail.

Blue Badges for individuals

Who can get a Blue Badge

Not all disabilities or conditions result in eligibility for a Blue Badge.

Disabilities and health conditions can be very varied, and the day-to-day impact can range from mild to very severe, occasional to constant.

A diagnosis of a particular condition on its own may not be sufficient to confirm eligibility for a Blue Badge - we may require further information about how much and how often a condition affects your ability to undertake a journey.

Qualifying for a Blue Badge

You automatically qualify if:

You may qualify if you:

  • are unable to walk
  • experience considerable difficulty when walking, which may include considerable psychological distress
  • are at risk of serious harm when walking or pose, when walking, a risk of serious harm to any other person
  • drive a motor vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms, and are unable or would find it very difficult to operate all or some types of parking meter
  • are constantly a significant risk to yourself or others near vehicles, in traffic or car parks
  • severely struggle to plan or follow a journey
  • find it difficult or impossible to control your actions and lack awareness of the impact you could have on others
  • regularly have intense and overwhelming responses to situations causing temporary loss of behavioural control
  • frequently become extremely anxious or fearful of public or open spaces

Children under 3 years

If you are the parent of a child who is less than 3 years old you may apply for a Blue Badge for your child if they have a specific medical condition, which means they:

  • always need to be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around without great difficulty
  • have to be kept near a vehicle at all times, so that they can, if necessary, be treated in the vehicle, or quickly driven to a place where they can be treated, such as a hospital

The badge will expire on the day immediately following their third birthday.

DS1500 or terminally ill

If you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness that seriously limits your mobility or are in receipt of a DS1500, you will qualify for a Blue Badge.

Mobility assessments

As part of your Blue Badge application, you may be invited to an appointment over the phone with our independent mobility assessment.

You will be able to book an appointment using the online application (if needed) or we will contact you if you're required to attend a mobility assessment after submitting an application.

How to report misuse of a Blue Badge

If you suspect a Blue Badge is being misused you should obtain as many details as possible from the Blue Badge on display (such as the name, badge number and expiry date).

The council will then investigate the matter and take appropriate action if the Blue Badge can be shown to have been, or is being, misused.

Last updated 16 November 2022