The Blue Badge Scheme
The Blue Badge scheme provides people who have disabilities and eligible conditions with a badge to place in their car which allows them to park in more accessible locations.
Here you will find information about the scheme, details of how to apply and information about similar and related services that may also support those interested in Blue Badges.
Please note: We have been informed that there has been an error at the Department for Transport's badge printer. This error has caused some recently issued badges to be produced and sent out twice. If you receive a duplicate of your Blue Badge, please send it back to the team using the Postal Address on our 'Contact the Blue Badge Team' page, or put it in an envelope marked for the attention of the Blue Badge Team and deposit it in the Postbox at the front of Shire Hall.
Applying and assessment
1. How is eligibility decided for the Blue Badge Scheme?
The Department for Transport (DfT) are responsible for the legislation which governs who is eligible for a Blue Badge. Under this legislation, there are two types of eligibility for the Blue Badge Scheme 'Eligible without further assessment' and 'Eligible subject to further assessment'. The Blue Badge team use the evidence you provide in your application to decide if you are eligible under either route.
To be eligible under the above routes, the applicant must be 3 years old or above. Children under the age of 3 could be eligible 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.
2. Who is eligible for a Blue Badge without an assessment?
To be considered for a Blue Badge under these criteria, the applicant must fit one or more of these descriptions:
- They receive the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA)*
- They receive the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and have obtained 8 points or more under the “moving around” activity*
- They receive the mobility component of PIP and have obtained 10 points specifically for Descriptor E under the “planning and following journeys” activity, on the grounds that they are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause them overwhelming psychological distress*
- They are registered blind (severely sight impaired)
- They receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
- They have been both awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1-8 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
*Please note: if you are eligible for a Blue Badge without an assessment under the criteria relating to Personal Independence Payments or Disability Living Allowance and this is due to expire within the next three years, the Blue Badge can only be issued until the expiry date of the relevant benefit.
3. Who is eligible for a Blue Badge subject to further assessment?
If the applicant is not eligible without an assessment, they may still apply and the Blue Badge Team will consider eligibility under the following descriptions:
- A person who 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
- a person who has been certified by an expert assessor as having an enduring and substantial disability which causes them, during the course of a journey, to be unable to walk, experience very considerable difficulty whilst walking, which may include very considerable psychological distress
- in addition, they may be at risk of serious harm when walking - or pose, when walking, a risk of serious harm to any other person
The applicant may not need to attend an in-person medical assessment if, from the evidence provided in the application, it is evident they would meet any of the above criteria. If this is not clear from the application, a further conversation or more information may be requested before an In-Person assessment is arranged.
When you submit your application please attach any relevant supporting evidence such as medical / diagnosis letters, care plans, patient summaries, education health and care (EHC) plans or disability benefits as this helps us to assess your eligibility and can speed up the process. Please only send copies of information that is already in your possession. It is not necessary to approach your GP for additional information.
4. 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.
Please note: Once an application is successful, the order is sent to the Department for Transport's printer to be created and distributed, this process normally takes 7 to 10 days.
5. 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.
We regret that we cannot currently take over-the-phone payments due to technical challenges. All payments must be submitted as part of the online application or by post in the form of a postal order or cheque payable to Gloucestershire County Council labelled with your name and address.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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
Using my Blue Badge
1. What do I do if my badge is faded or if it is lost or 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.
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.
Please note: Once a replacement Blue Badge has been issued, the order is sent to the Department for Transport's printer to be created and distributed, this process normally takes 7 to 10 days.
1. How do I inform you of my change of address?
If you have changed your address please notify the Blue Badge team via the online form or email; please include a proof of address document.
2. What do I do if the Blue Badge is no longer used?
3. A relative has died, what should I do with their badge?
4. What are my rights and responsibility as a Blue Badge holder?
For more information on your rights and responsibilities as a Badge Holder, please visit the gov.uk website.