Blue Badge applications
To apply for or renew your Blue Badge, you'll need:
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- the details of your current Blue Badge (if you have one)
- a digital or signed photo
- your National Insurance number
- proof of identification
- proof of residency
Please note that using unknown third parties to make an application on your behalf presents a significant risk with your personal information and you may be charged unnecessary additional fees for using their services.
The Blue Badge scheme provides a range of parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems and allows vehicles carrying people with certain disabilities to be parked near shops, stations and other facilities. There are 293 designated on street and off street parking bays throughout the district:
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Blue Badges are issued to individual people not vehicles. This means you can use a Blue Badge both as a driver and a passenger.
You can also transfer your Blue Badge to whichever vehicle you are using for a particular journey.
The Blue Badge is recognised throughout the UK and Europe.
Residential disabled parking spaces
We can provide informal disabled parking bays outside your property if:
- you have full Mobility allowance
- the road is 16ft or more wide
- there is no suitable off street parking available within the property boundary
Blue Badge fraud
Misuse of a Blue Badge or using a cancelled / expired Blue Badge is a criminal offence and could result in a fine of up to £1,000 in addition to any other sanctions imposed by the Courts.
A Blue Badge must not be displayed when the badge holder is not present in the vehicle, unless someone travelling with the badge holder is waiting for their return to the vehicle, or someone is driving the badge holder in or out of an area (which is only accessible to vehicles displaying a Blue Badge) in order to pick up or drop off the badge holder.
A Blue Badge may also be withdrawn if the badge holder allows their badge to be misused.
Fraudulent applications for a Blue Badge
Where false information is provided in an attempt to obtain a Blue Badge, the applicant may be prosecuted under the Fraud Act 2006. This may result in a heavier fine of up to £5,000 and could also lead to imprisonment.
Copying, altering, faking or forging a Blue Badge
It is also a serious offence if a badge holder or anyone else copies, alters, fakes or forges a Blue Badge. Offenders can be prosecuted under various legislation such as the Fraud Act 2006 and the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981. These offences may also carry a heavier fine of up to £5,000 and could also lead to imprisonment.