Who is Eligible for the Blue Badge Scheme?
Anyone over two years old automatically qualifies for a Blue Badge if they:
- are registered blind
- receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility supplement
- receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - (PIP has come into affect from 8 April 2013 and will replace the previous automatic criteria of the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance):
- Mobility Activity 1, descriptor f or
- Mobility Activity 2, descriptors c, d, e or f
- have received a lump sum benefit from the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme (within tariff levels 1-8) and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
If you do not automatically qualify, you may still be entitled to a Blue Badge you over two years old, and we can confirm that you:
- have a permanent and substantial disability which means they cannot walk, or makes walking very difficult
- drive a motor vehicle regularly and have a severe disability in both arms, making it very difficult or impossible to operate parking meters
Special rules for children under three years old
If you’re a parent of a child who is younger than three years old, you may also apply for a Blue Badge. Your child must have a specific medical condition which means that they either:
- must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which is very difficult to carry around
- need to be kept near a vehicle at all times to get emergency treatment for a condition when necessary
Blue Badges are free for individuals although organisations will be charged £10.00.
If you believe that your Badge has been stolen you should report this to the Police and ask for a Crime Reference Number. If you have a Crime Reference Number you will not be charged for a replacement badge.
Replacements for lost badges or stolen Badges without a Crime Reference Number will be charged £10.00.