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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.

Information about the Blue Badge parking scheme

Applying and Assessment

How long will my application take?
Is there a charge for the badge?
My Blue Badge has expired, can I use it while I wait for my new Badge? 
Do I have to provide a photo? 
What type of photo will be accepted? 
What if I don't live in Gloucestershire?
I have moved to Gloucestershire and have a badge issued by another authority. How do I renew it?
Will I need to be assessed by a Health Professional?
How long are badges issued for?
I have been refused a badge. Can I appeal?

Using my Blue Badge

What do I do if my badge is faded or I have lost it or had it stolen?

Other

How do I inform you of my change of address?
What do I do if the Blue Badge is no longer used?
A relative has died, what should I do with their badge?
What are my Rights and Responsibilities as a Blue Badge Holder?


Applying and Assessment

How long will my application take?

Applications can take up to 12 weeks to process. Although individual cases vary, this is because we may need to arrange an assessment for you. You can help to speed things up by making sure you complete the form properly and send everything that’s asked for. The biggest delay, generally, is finding out if you qualify for a badge, so if you automatically qualify it makes a huge difference if you send your proof with your form.

During periods of high volume this may be longer. The decision whether or not to issue a badge rests solely with Gloucestershire County Council.

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Is there a charge for the badge?

If your application is successful there is an administrative charge of £10 to be paid before we can issue your badge.

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My Blue Badge has expired, can I use it while I wait for my new Badge?

No, Blue Badges that have expired must not be used. Anyone found doing so may be prosecuted and receive a fine.

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Do I have to provide a photo?

Yes, photos are mandatory. The only exception is for applicants with a life expectancy of less than 6 months. Photos are required primarily as a way of checking identity and reducing the opportunity for misuse. Your photo will not need to be displayed publicly.

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What type of photo will be accepted?

Photos should be in accordance with passport standards. You will need to provide one passport sized photograph which needs to be in colour showing your full face so that you can be easily identified. It should be taken within the last month or at least within the last year, in order for it to be a good likeness of you at the time of application. We will accept hard copy passport size photos or digital photos e-mailed to the Blue Badge Team, or a recent existing photo, trimmed to size.

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I have moved to Gloucestershire and have a badge issued by another authority. How do I renew it?

You will need to contact the previous issuing Authority to give permission for your record to be transferred to us. Then contact us, providing a proof of address document for your new Gloucestershire address. We will send you a reminder to renew your badge with us, 13 weeks before your current badge expires.

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Will I need to be assessed by a Health Professional?

If you do not meet one of the automatic criteria (e.g. you are not receiving the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance or receiving 8 points or more under the “moving around” activity of the mobility component of (PIP) Personal Independence Payment), you may be asked to attend an assessment with our Expert Assessor who is an independent Health Professional.

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How long are badges issued for?

Badges are usually issued for three years; however, if you have less than 3 years left to run on your Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment mobility supplement, we will only issue the blue badge for this time.

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I have been refused a badge. Can I appeal?

There is no right of appeal against a decision to refuse a blue badge.

You may ask the Blue Badge Team to review the decision if you feel that:

  • Your mobility problems have become more serious; or
  • All the relevant facts were not taken into consideration at the time of assessment.

You will need to provide additional information, including reports from a health professional (e.g. hospital consultant or physiotherapist).

A request to review a decision will need to be put in writing and sent to the Blue Badge Team along with any additional supporting information

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Using my Blue Badge

What do I do if my badge is faded or I have lost it or had it stolen?

If you have lost or had your badge stolen you must report it to your local police station. They will provide you with a lost property or crime reference number.

You will need to complete a Replacement Application Form.

If your badge has faded, or been damaged, you must return it with the replacement badge form.

You will need to pay a fee of £10 for a replacement badge.

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Other

How do I inform you of my change of address?

If you have changed your address please notify the Blue Badge team by emailing bluebadge@gloucestershire.gov.uk; include a proof of address document.

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What do I do if the Blue Badge is no longer used?

Please return the badge to the Blue Badge Team.

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A relative has died, what should I do with their badge?

Please return the badge to the Blue Badge Team.

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What are my Rights and Responsibilities as a Blue Badge holder?

For more information on your rights and responsibilities as a Badge Holder, please visit the gov.uk website

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