If you have a severe permanent disability, or a hidden disability such as autism or anxiety, a Blue Badge lets you park in disabled parking bays closer to the place you’re going.
You can apply for a Blue Badge whether you’re the driver or you travel as a passenger in a vehicle, as long as you meet the qualifying criteria.
Apply for or renew a Blue Badge
The quickest and easiest way to apply for or renew a Blue Badge is through the GOV.UK website. They’ll send your information to us to check and make a decision about whether you qualify.
The online form tells you the evidence you'll need to support your application, such as proof of your name, address and entitlement for a badge. You'll also need to upload a recent passport-standard photo.
The charge for a Blue Badge is £10 which you can pay by debit or credit card when applying.
Your badge will be valid for up to three years. If you still need one after this time you'll need to reapply.
There may be other websites offering to help you complete your application who charge you extra for their service. These websites are not associated with Barnsley Council or GOV.UK.
When you’ll receive your badge
If you meet the eligibility criteria and have provided all relevant information you should receive your badge within six to eight weeks from the date we receive your documentation.
If you're renewing your badge you should apply well before your old one expires, as it may take six to eight weeks to issue you with a new one.
Using your Blue Badge
Only you can use your Blue Badge. You can use it whether you’re the driver or a passenger, but it must not be used by anyone else if you’re not in the vehicle.
With a Blue Badge you can:
- park for up to three hours on a single or double yellow line as long as there are no loading restrictions. The parking clock on the badge must be set to show your time of arrival.
- park in on-street pay and display parking bays for free and for as long as you need to.
- park in on-street disabled parking bays for free and for as long as you need to (unless signs say otherwise).
You need to make sure your Blue Badge is displayed properly in the vehicle so it can be seen easily.
It's illegal to use your badge after it's expiry date and you may be fined up to £1000 or lose your badge if you don't stick to the law.
If your Blue Badge application is rejected
If your application for a Blue Badge has been rejected within the last three months, you can appeal our decision by filling in our online form.
You'll need to tell us your reasons for appealing, and you might also want to upload evidence of your worsening health condition from a health professional to support your appeal.
When we receive your appeal we'll review it and let you know the outcome, including the reasons for our decision. If your application is still refused and your condition worsens you can apply for a Blue Badge again after three months.
Lost, stolen or damaged badges
If your Blue Badge has been lost, stolen or damaged you can order a replacement online. 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.
The charge for replacing a Blue Badge is £10. You can pay this by debit or credit card when completing the online form.
If it's been stolen you need to report this to the police who will give you a crime report number. You’ll need to tell us this number when you request a replacement badge.
If your badge has been damaged you'll need to return the original to us to be officially destroyed. You can post it to: Blue Badge Team, PO Box 634, Barnsley, S70 9GG or take it to one of our library branches.
If you no longer use your badge
If you no longer use your Blue Badge you need to return it to us. You'll need to do this if:
- it's expired.
- you're no longer eligible for a badge, or no longer need it.
- it's damaged.
- you've found a badge you thought was lost or stolen, and already have a replacement.
- you've moved out of the borough and have a valid badge from another council.
- the badge holder dies (you can use the Tell us Once service to inform us that someone has died).
Please return the badge to: Blue Badge Team, Barnsley Council, PO Box 634, Barnsley, S70 9GG.
Alternatively you can take the badge to your local library for them to return to us.