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Watch out for the Blue badge 'scam'

A number of third party websites charging up to £50 to process a Blue Badge application.
If you meet the eligibility criteria Gloucestershire County Council will charge £10.00 to issue a badge.

Extension of the Blue Badge Scheme

The Government has announced that the Blue Badge Scheme will be extended to include less visible disabilities with effect from 30 August 2019. Please note that until then, we can only accept applications which meet current legislation. If you wish to apply under the new criteria, you will need to wait until the changes come into effect.

Apply for a Blue Badge

What is a blue badge?

The Blue Badge scheme is a national scheme designed to give people who are registered severely sight impaired and people who have any permanent and substantial disability the ability to park close to the facilities and services they need to use, so as to improve their lifestyle, independence and freedom of choice. A permanent and substantial disability means that they cannot walk or means they have very considerable difficulty walking.

Am I eligible for a blue badge?

Under current regulations governing the scheme badges may be automatically issued without further assessment to disabled people if they:

  • receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (help with getting about) or
  • receive 8 points or more under the “moving around” activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or
  • are registered severely sight impaired or
  • receive a War Pensioners Mobility Supplement or
  • receive an Armed Forces Compensation Award

See our Blue Badge information page for a more detailed overview of the blue badge scheme and who else might be able to apply.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please check out the The Department for Transport web siteYou can also contact the Blue Badge Team who will be happy to help.

I am a first time applicant, how do I apply for a blue badge in Gloucestershire?

Apply or renew online

Apply online on GOV.UK

View the Blue Badge Privacy Notice

My current badge is about to expire how do I renew it?

A blue badge is only valid for up to three years, so if you are still entitled to a blue badge you need to reapply at least 6-8 weeks prior to when your badge expires.

Apply online on GOV.UK

A blue badge is only valid for up to three years, so if you are still entitled to a blue badge you need to reapply at least 6-8 weeks prior to when your badge expires.

If you haven't received a reminder letter during this period please email bluebadge@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Your current badge is valid in the UK until its expiry date.

How much does a blue badge cost?

The current cost of a blue badge in Gloucestershire is £10.00 as recommended by the Department for Transport. However, if your application is unsuccessful, we will return this payment to you.

Further information

Should you have further queries please contact either:

The Blue Badge Team

or obtain further information from The Department for Transport.

Contact the Blue Badge Team

Blue Badge Team
Gloucestershire County Council
Hester’s Way Library
Goldsmith Road
Cheltenham GL51 7RT

Email: bluebadge@gloucestershire.gov.uk

The Team are contactable by telephone Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm, except on Bank Holidays.
There are no Blue Badge Reception Facilities at Hester’s Way Library.

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