If you have a severe permanent disability, a Blue Badge lets you park in disabled parking bays closer to the place you’re going, for example the shops, station, library.
You can apply for a Blue Badge whether you’re the driver or you travel as a passenger in a vehicle, providing you meet the qualifying criteria.
There is a charge of £10 for a new Blue Badge or to renew one.
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Qualifying for a Blue Badge
Some people can get a blue badge automatically. This is called being eligible without further assessment. You’ll qualify automatically if any of the following applies to you:
- you’re registered as blind/severely sight impaired
- you receive the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA)
- you receive the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and you scored eight points or more in the ‘moving around’ activity in the PIP assessment
- you receive the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
- you’ve been awarded a lump sum benefit from the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) scheme within tariffs 1 to 8 (inclusive). You’ve also been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which means you can’t walk or find walking very difficult
If none of the above applies, you may still be eligible subject to further assessment if:
- you have a permanent or substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or have very considerable difficulty in walking
- you drive a vehicle regularly and have severe upper limb disabilities
- you’re applying on behalf of a child under three with a medical condition that requires them to be close to a vehicle for emergency medical treatment or transporting bulky medical equipment at all times.
Our guidance notes tell you more about who’s eligible for a Blue Badge.
How to apply for a Blue Badge
There are two ways to apply for a blue badge:
- you can apply online at Gov.UK – they’ll forward the form to us to check and make a decision about whether you qualify.
- you can apply by downloading and filling in our application form and returning it to us at Blue Badge Scheme, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG.
Whether you apply online or by post, you have to send evidence to support your application directly to us at Blue Badge Scheme, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG.
Please refer to the guidance notes mentioned above.
If you want to apply for a Blue Badge for an organisation, call the Blue Badge Team directly on (01226) 775600.
Evidence to support you application
To process your application, we’ll need copies of the following:
- your Disability Living Allowance (DLA) award or annual up-rate letter showing the dates covered, dated within the last 12 months. This will have been sent to you by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
- your Personal Independent Payment (PIP) award or annual up-rate letter showing the dates covered, dated within the last 12 months, showing that you receive eight points or more of the ’Moving Around’ descriptor of the Mobility Component.
- your War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement Allowance, which will have been sent to you, or a letter confirming the level of your award under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and also confirming that you have been assessed as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or considerable difficulty in walking.
- your Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI).
We’ll also need to see something to prove that you live in the borough. This could be a utility bill or benefit entitlement letter dated within the last three months. Instead of sending us these, you could give us permission to check our own records to confirm your address.
To confirm your identity, we’ll need to see one of the following:
- birth/adoption certificate
- medical card
- new driving licence
How to pay
We can only accept your £10 payment for a new or renewed Blue Badge by debit/credit card.
Call the Blue Badge Team on (01226) 775600 to make a payment; they’ll give you a receipt number which you’ll need to put in the box on page 3 of the application form. If your application isn’t successful, we’ll refund your payment. If we don’t hear from you, we’ll chase up your payment.
When you’ll receive your badge
If you meet the Department for Transport criteria and have provided all relevant information, you should receive your Blue Badge within six to eight weeks from the date we receive your documentation.
How to renew your badge
Your Blue Badge is valid for up to three years. If you still need a Blue Badge after this time, you must reapply.
There are exemptions to the three year period, so we'll advise you if your Blue Badge is valid for a different time period when we issue it.
You should apply to renew your badge well before the old one expires as it will take six to eight weeks to issue you with a new one. You’ll need to include a new photograph as we can't re-use the one from your expired badge.
Damaged, lost or stolen badges
If your Blue Badge is damaged, or has been stolen, we can issue you with a replacement. This will be supplied with the same expiry date as your original badge.
We’ll update our records to show that your original is no longer valid and will pass this information to Traffic Enforcement for them to update their records. The charge for replacing a Blue Badge is £10.00.
If your badge is damaged, you’ll need to return the original to us to be officially destroyed.
If it’s been stolen or lost, you should report this to the police, who will give you either a crime report or a lost item number. You’ll need to quote this number to us when you request a replacement badge. We’ll then void your old badge, so if you do find or recover it after we’ve issued you with a new one, you’ll need to return the old one to us to be officially destroyed.
If you want more information, we’ll be happy to explain this process to you; just call the Blue Badge Team.
Returning the badge if someone has died
If the holder of the Blue Badge dies, you'll need to return it to us. You can use the Tell us Once service to inform us that somebody has died. Read more about Tell us Once and how to use it here.
Blue Badge fraud
It’s an offence to use a Blue Badge fraudulently and you’ll be fined if you misuse the scheme.
The Blue Badge has been issued for you only; you can use it whether you’re the driver or a passenger. It must not be used by anyone else if you’re not in the vehicle.
It’s a criminal offence for a non-disabled person to use a Blue Badge. If they do, they may be fined up to £1,000. Our parking wardens check disabled parking bays and Blue Badges on their patrols and can issue a fine if they suspect that they’re being used fraudulently.