Blue badge parking permits for disabled people

Blue badges help disabled people with severe mobility problems to access goods and services by allowing them to park close to their destination.

Warning - unauthorised charging for applications

We have received information that people are being asked to pay £50 to apply for a blue badge by unauthorised online services.

We would like to assure you that the application process is free. The fee of £10 will be taken after the application is made and is refunded if your application is not successful.


Apply for a blue badge

You can apply for a blue badge online below. It costs £10 for a blue badge (including replacements and renewals). If your application is unsuccessful your payment will be refunded.

Please make sure that you have read the information below about eligibility and the evidence you need to provide before continuing.

Applying online can be done quickly and easily and gives you an instant decision in most cases. You can upload your evidence and make payment all in one place. If you aren't confident applying online, you can find information below about applying in one of our libraries.

Apply for or renew a blue badge
 

    Applying online

    • It’s easier online - contact us 24 hours a day from wherever is convenient for you using the device that suits you best.
    • It’s cheaper online - it saves us valuable money which can be used on our frontline services.
    • It’s faster online - you can contact us whenever you like without travelling or queuing time.
    • It’s safe online - we will protect your data at all times.

    We offer free assistance to those wanting to access online services.You can book an personal appointment with an adviser to complete an application for a blue badge in the following libraries:

    You can book an appointment directly or by calling our customer service centre on 01609 780780.

    To complete an application, you will need:  

    • your National Insurance number;
    • if renewing your existing badge - the reference number on the front of your badge, expiry date and local council on your current blue badge;
    • your original decision letter from the Department of Work and Pensions along with your annual uprating letter if you have been issued one of these. One of these documents must be dated within the last 12 months to show you are still currently in receipt of the benefit) - if you're automatically eligible for a badge;
    • proof of identification, for example a birth or adoption certificate, passport, ID card or valid driving licence;
    • proof of address, such as a current council tax bill or a utility bill dated within the last three months that show your name and address;
    • a passport style photograph; and
    • a debit or credit card to make the £10 payment.

    If you wish to apply for an organisational blue badge please email our customer service centre on servicedeliveryteam@northyorks.gov.uk.

    If you wish to know more about blue badges or organisational badges, download the Department for Transport's blue badge scheme: rights and responsibilities in England document.

    You should report stolen badges to North Yorkshire Police. After reporting a stolen badge to the police, or even if you have simply lost it, tell us your badge has been lost or stolen as soon as possible. You can report that a blue badge has been lost or stolen and ask for a replacement by calling our customer service centre on 01609 780780.

    The quickest way to apply for a blue badge is using the online application form.

    The online application is clear and simple to use, however you may wish to ask a friend or family member for help.

    Alternatively, we offer free assistance to those wanting to access online services. You can book an personal appointment with an adviser to complete an application for a blue badge in the following libraries:

    You can book an appointment directly or by calling our customer service centre on 01609 780780.

    To complete an application, you will need:  

    • your National Insurance number;
    • if renewing your existing badge - the reference number on the front of your badge, expiry date and local council on your current blue badge;
    • your original decision letter from the Department of Work and Pensions along with your annual uprating letter if you have been issued one of these. One of these documents must be dated within the last 12 months to show you are still currently in receipt of the benefit) - if you're automatically eligible for a badge;
    • proof of identification, for example a birth, adoption or marriage certificate, passport, ID card or valid driving licence;
    • proof of address, such as a current council tax bill or a utility bill dated within the last three months that show your name and address;
    • a passport style photograph; and
    • a debit or credit card to make the £10 payment.

    If you are not able to use our online form, you can contact us by phone on 01609 780780 to give us some information to start the application process. This call may last up to 45 minutes so we can arrange to call you back at a convenient time if you wish.

    At the end of the call we will let you know what documents you need to supply to support your application. This includes proof of ID, address, benefit award letters if appropriate. We will also take payment over the phone. If the application is not successful we refund this. You may be asked to attend a walking assessment.

    Copies of documents may be posted to us or taken to a library for scanning and sending to us for free. The libraries that offer this service are Northallerton, Malton, Scarborough, Selby, Skipton and Harrogate.

    Eligibility and evidence needed for a blue badge

    You’re automatically eligible for a blue badge if you:

    • are registered as blind
    • get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
    • get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and scored eight points or more in the ‘moving around’ area of your assessment - check your decision letter if you’re not sure
    • get War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement 
    • received a lump sum payment as part of the Armed Forces Compensation scheme (tariffs 1 to 8), and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability

    It's worth applying as you might still be able to get a badge. You will have to complete an extra part of the application to show why you need one, and may be asked to attend a mobility assessment or provide evidence to support your application.
    You should do this if:

    • you have permanent problems with walking
    • You drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate or have severe difficulty in operating all or some types of parking meter

    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.

    If you're not automatically eligible, you can still apply online. If you would like help completing an application, you can book an appointment with one of our libraries directly below, or by calling our customer service centre on 01609 780780.

    As part of your application you will need to upload documents and make an online payment.  Before you apply, make sure you have:

    • your National Insurance number;
    • if renewing your existing badge - the reference number on the front of your badge, expiry date and local council on your current blue badge;
    • your original decision letter from the Department of Work and Pensions along with your annual uprating letter if you have been issued one of these. One of these documents must be dated within the last 12 months to show you are still currently in receipt of the benefit) - if you're automatically eligible for a badge;
    • proof of identification, for example a birth or adoption certificate, passport, ID card or valid driving licence;
    • proof of address, such as a current council tax bill or a utility bill dated within the last three months that show your name and address;
    • a passport style photograph; and
    • a debit or credit card to make the £10 payment.

    An individual's eligibility for a blue badge is considered in terms of being ‘eligible without further assessment’ (previously known as ‘automatic’) or ‘eligible subject to further assessment’ (previously known as ‘discretionary’).
    The ‘eligible without further assessment’ criteria:

    • Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA); or
    • Receives eight points or more under the “moving around” activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP); or
    • Is registered blind (severely sight impaired); or
    • Receives a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement (WPMS); or
    • Has been both awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1 to 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.

    (Note: Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) awards are not included in the Type 1 eligibility criteria.

    The ‘eligible subject to further assessment’ criteria:

    • 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; or
    • 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.

    *‘further assessment’ means customers will be required to complete the online assessment and may be asked to attend a walking assessment.

    If you're disabled or have a health condition that affects your mobility, you can apply for a blue badge.

    You can also apply for a badge if you care for a child with a health condition. 

    The cost of a blue badge is £10.

    If you get certain benefits you'll automatically be able to get a blue badge. The application process is straightforward.

    You don't need to be able to drive to apply for a blue badge, unless you're applying because of problems with both of your arms.

    Follow the advice on this page to renew your blue badge, too. You can’t use an expired badge, so make sure you apply in plenty of time. You can submit your renewal when your expiry date is within 60 days.

    • Don't apply for a blue badge from anywhere other than your council or GOV.UK. 
    • North Yorkshire residents should always apply for a blue badge through North Yorkshire County Council.  
    • No one else can provide a genuine Blue Badge - if you think you’ve been scammed, you should report it to Consumer advice.

    Using your blue badge

    Your blue badge usually lets you park for free:

    • on streets with parking meters or pay-and-display machines for as long as you need to;
    • in disabled parking bays on streets for as long as you need to, unless a sign says there is a time limit; and
    • on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours unless there’s a ‘no loading’ sign.

    You can’t use your blue badge everywhere - for example in some areas of London.

    Find out more about parking in North Yorkshire here.

    For parking information in other areas of the UK you should check before you park on GOV.UK to avoid getting a ticket.

    You might have to pay for parking if you’re parking in a private car park, for example at a supermarket or hospital. You’ll need to check the signs in the car park.

    Having a blue badge doesn’t let you park anywhere - you still have to follow the usual parking regulations. For example, you can still get a fine if you park somewhere that endangers people, like outside a school or near a junction.  

    You can check the parking rules on GOV.UK.

    Make sure your badge:

    • is the right way up
    • is clearly visible through the windscreen
    • hasn’t expired

    If you park somewhere with a time limit, always set the parking time clock on your blue badge to show the 15 minute period that you arrived.

    If you get a parking ticket even though you’ve displayed your badge properly, you can appeal it.

    If your badge has expired, has been damaged, or is lost or stolen, you should contact the local authority to tell them and ask for a replacement.

    You can only let someone else use your badge if:

    • you’re in the car with them
    • they’re picking you up or dropping you off, and they need to park close to where you need to go

    If someone else is driving you, you must let them know the rules - otherwise the council can ask for your badge back.

    You can still get a parking fine when you're using your badge.

    If you misuse your badge on purpose you could be fined up to £1,000, for example if you:

    • give it to someone else to use if they’re not your driver
    • keep using your badge when you no longer need it
    • use your badge to park if you’re just waiting, and don't plan to leave your car

    If someone else is driving you, you must let them know the rules - if they don’t follow them the council can take your badge away.

    In cases where an applicant makes a fraudulent application (providing false information), it may be possible to prosecute the individual under section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006. This carries a penalty of a fine of up to £5,000 and/or up to 12 months imprisonment on summary conviction. If a badge has been issued, the local authority can require its return under Regulation 9(2)(b) of the Disabled Persons (Badges for Motor Vehicles)(England) Regulations 2000.

    Where a badge holder simply parks in the wrong place or parks for too long with a valid badge, a penalty charge may be issued for any parking contravention.

    In cases where a badge holder lets a third party use a badge, the issuing local authority can withdraw the badge under regulation 9(2)(a) of the Disabled Persons (Badges for Motor Vehicles) (England) Regulations 2000, but only after a relevant conviction has been obtained (a penalty charge may also be issued for any parking contravention that has occurred during the badge misuse). In such circumstances, a relevant conviction requires that the non-badge holder is using the badge with the holder's knowledge. It should be remembered, however, that whilst this may make it difficult to withdraw a badge that is being systematically abused by a friend or family member, a local authority may refuse to reissue a badge if it has reasonable grounds for believing that the applicant would permit another person to use it (Regulation 8(2)(d)(ii)).

    Other types of legislation exist relating to misuse of blue badges.

    Types of abuse / misuse

    Badges can be abused in a multitude of ways. The following is not an exhaustive list, but illustrates several ways in which badges can be misused, from minor to more serious transgressions:

    By the badge holder:

    • Parking in the wrong place or parking for too long where there is a time limit
    • Use of a badge that is no longer valid
    • Use of a badge that has been reported as ‘lost’ or ‘stolen’
    • Letting a friend or relative use the badge
    • Use of a copied badge
    • Altering the details on the badge, for example, the expiry date
    • Making a fraudulent application (e.g. providing false information on the application form) or using a badge obtained fraudulently.

    By a third party:

    • Using someone else’s badge (with or without the badge holder’s knowledge) without the badge holder being present in the vehicle at some point during the trip
    • Using a badge belonging to someone who has died
    • Copying, altering or faking badges
    • Using a stolen badge
    • Using a fake badge

    If you have a blue badge you can park in places other drivers can’t, for example parking spaces for blue badge holders.

    The blue badge is linked to you rather than a vehicle, so you can use it with any car. This includes taxis and hire cars that you're driving, or travelling in as a passenger. 

    You can use your badge in all European Union countries, and countries in the European Economic Area. There’s a full list of EU and EEA countries on GOV.UK here.

    The rules might be slightly different depending on where you go. You should ask locally, for example at a tourist information office, and pay attention to road signs when you get there.

    There may be circumstances when a blue badge is no longer required. If the badge holder has passed away you can use the tell us once process and hand the badge in at the time of registering the death.

    If the badge holder has passed away but the tell us once process is not used, please post the badge with a covering letter including the following information:

    • name of badge holder
    • badge reference number
    • reason badge is no longer required (e.g. deceased, moved, surplus to requirements etc.)

    Please post to: Service Delivery Team, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Racecourse Lane, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL7 8AD.

    Returning individual/organisational badges

    An organisational badge must be returned to the issuing authority if:

    • the organisation has ceased to exist;
    • the organisation no longer cares for people who would qualify for a blue badge in their own right;
    • the badge becomes damaged or illegible;
    • a replacement badge has been issued for one that is lost or stolen and the original is found / recovered (then the original badge must be returned); or
    • the badge ceases to be required by the organisation.

    Please post with a covering letter to: Service Delivery Team, North Yorkshire County Council, County Hall, Racecourse Lane, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL7 8AD.

    In certain circumstances, on-street parking bays can be created in residential areas for disabled drivers who are blue badge holders and who don't have access to off street parking, such as a drive or garage.

    Find out more, including how to make an application, on our residential disabled parking bays page.

    Customers who qualify for a blue badge will also be eligible for a disabled person’s bus pass. You can apply online here.

    Please be aware there are scam websites that claim to assist with a blue badge application at a cost of £50.

    Applying for a blue badge costs £10 and this fee is taken as part of the application process. If your application is unsuccessful, the cost will be refunded.

    Appeals, complaints, or if you've had your badge taken away

    If you’ve been refused a blue badge, you can ask for the decision to be reviewed.

    It's worth doing this if you can't walk more than 80 metres - about the length of seven double decker buses, or if you can't use a parking meter because of problems with your arms.

    If you already have a blue badge and have been refused a renewal, if it's still valid you can use it until your badge expires. You could face a fine if you continue to use your blue badge after this date.

    To appeal a decision, you should email servicedeliveryteam@northyorks.gov.uk with further information supporting your application.

    What to write

    Write an email asking for a review of the decision. You have 30 days to appeal.

    Explain why the reasons listed on your response are wrong, in as much detail as you can.

    Include any details you might have missed the first time. For example, if you have mobility problems, explain why using parking meters is painful or why it’s difficult for you to walk very far to get from your car to a shop.

    You will receive a response to your appeal within 20 workings days, and may be required to attend a walking assessment to support your application.

    If your application was rejected because you’ve misused a badge

    It’s still worth asking for a review if you broke the rules because of a situation out of your control. Explain what happened in as much detail as you can.

    You can follow the steps above to ask for it back - for example, if it’s been taken away because you've misused it or because you’ve moved from DLA to PIP and no longer automatically qualify for a blue badge.

    You can make a complaint if you are unhappy with the way your application has been dealt with.

    Details of the complaint process can be found here.

    If you’re not happy with the response to your complaint, you can phone or write to the Local Government Ombudsman.

    They’ll take another look at your application, and decide whether your council made the wrong decision.

    The Local Government Ombudsman 
    PO Box 4771
    Coventry 
    CV4 0EH

    Telephone: 0300 061 0614
    Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm, closed weekends 
    Calls cost 12p per minute from a landline, and from 3p to 45p from a mobile.

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