Blue badge parking scheme

Blue Badge applications

The aim of the scheme is to help people with enduring and substantial mobility issues caused by visible and non-visible disabilities to access goods and services, by allowing them to park closer to their destination.  The scheme is open to eligible people irrespective of whether they are travelling as a driver or as a passenger.

You would be eligible for a Blue Badge without further assessment if you meet one of the following criteria:

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

  • If you receive a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and have been awarded 8 points or more for the ‘moving around’ activity of the mobility component – you will need to provide your full PIP award letter dated within the last 12 months. If your letter is over 12 months old you will also need to provide your yearly update letter. If your letter is over 12 months old, you will need to call and ask for an up to date letter to be sent to you.
    • The number to call is 0800 121 4433

If your letter states Attendance Allowance, you should not apply under this criteria.

High Rate of the Mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

If you receive the High Rate of Mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – you will need to provide your DLA award letter dated within the last 12 months.  If your letter is over 12 months old, you will need to call and ask for an up to date letter to be sent to you.

  • If you were born before 8 April 1948, the number to call is 0800 731 0122
  • If you were born after 8 April 1948, the number to call is 0800 121 4600

If your letter states Attendance Allowance, you should not apply under this criteria.

Registered severely sight impaired (blind)

  • If you are registered as severely sight impaired (blind) – you will need to provide your Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI) or BD8 form or your visually impaired green card (if registered blind with North Lincolnshire Council)

If you are registered sight impaired (partially sighted), you should not apply under this criteria.

War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement

  • If you receive War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement – you will need to provide your War Pensioner’s entitlement letter stating that you receive the Mobility Supplement. If you do not have a letter, you will need to call Veterans UK and ask for a letter to be sent to you.
    • The number to call is 0808 1914 218

Lump sum benefit armed forces and reserved forces compensation scheme

  • If you have received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the armed forces and reserved forces compensation scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking – You will need to provide your full award letter which confirms this. If you do not have a letter, you will need to call Veterans UK and ask for a letter to be sent to you.
    • The number to call is 0808 1914 218

Terminal illness and not expected to live more than six months

If you feel you are eligible under this criteria please contact the Blue Badge Support on 01724 296188 to discuss your individual needs.

You may be eligible for a Blue Badge following further assessment if you meet any of the following criteria:

A person who does not meet the above criteria may still qualify if one of the following apply:

Enduring and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or have considerable difficulty walking

  • You need to complete a full application giving details of your health conditions or disabilities and the impact this has on your mobility. In order to assess your eligibility, you may be required to attend a mobility assessment, carried out by an expert assessor.

Regularly drives a vehicle and has a severe disability in both arms and is unable to operate or has considerable difficulty in operating all or some types of on-street parking equipment

  • Only drivers with the most severe disabilities in both arms will qualify under this criteria. Medical evidence or an assessment may be needed to determine eligibility.

Child under three years old who must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment

  • Examples of bulky medical equipment may include (but is not limited to):
    • Ventilators
    • Suction machines
    • Feed pumps
    • Parenteral equipment
    • Syringe drivers
    • Oxygen administration equipment
    • Continuous oxygen saturation monitoring equipment
    • Casts and associated medical equipment for the correction of hip dysplasia

Child under three years old who needs to be kept near a vehicle at all times

  • A child under 3 years old who needs to be kept near a vehicle at all times so that treatment can be given in the vehicle or the child can be quickly driven to a place where they can be treated, such as a hospital.
  • Examples of highly unstable medical conditions may include (but is not limited to):
    • Tracheostomies
    • Severe epilepsy / fitting
    • highly unstable diabetes
  • Terminal illnesses which prevent the child from spending any more than brief moments outside and who need a quick route home

From 30 August 2019, there is a new criteria for Blue Badge applications in England.

Due to the nature of non-visible (hidden) conditions, applications will be assessed by considering an applicant’s needs and the impact a Blue Badge would have on their quality of life.

Having a certain condition or disability does not automatically entitle someone to a Blue Badge

You will be eligible for Blue Badge without further assessment if you meet the following criteria:

Receipt of the mobility component of PIP – with a score of 10 points in Planning and following a journey for descriptor (e)

  • If you receive the 10 points in “Planning and following a journey”. Specifically, the 10 points which says: “Cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant.” You will need to provide your full PIP award letter dated within the last 12 months. If your letter is over 12 months old you will also need to provide your yearly update letter. If your letter is over 12 months old, you will need to call and ask for an up to date letter to be sent to you.
  • The number to call is 0800 121 4433.

If you did not score this; you should not apply under this criteria.

Other benefits:

There is no automatic eligibility under non-visible (hidden) condition with other benefits, including:

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)

Instead, if you receive one of these benefits, you can still apply. Your application will be considered under our eligibility criteria detailed in the next section.

You may be eligible for a Blue Badge following further assessment if you meet any of the following criteria:

A person who does not meet the above criteria may still qualify if one of the following apply:

Permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or have considerable difficulty walking

If there is a non-visible (hidden) condition, causing a severe struggle with journeys between a vehicle and the destination, and at least one of the following apply:

  • you are constantly a significant risk to yourself or others near vehicles, in traffic or car parks
  • you severely struggle to plan or follow a journey
  • you find it difficult or impossible to control your actions and lack awareness of the impact you could have on others
  • you regularly have intense and overwhelming responses to situations causing temporary loss of behavioural control
  • you frequently become extremely anxious or fearful of public/open spaces

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge

  • Fill in our online form to apply for a Blue Badge
  • You should re-apply for a Blue Badge at least 10 weeks before your current one expires.
  • You will need to provide up to date evidence and may need to attend an assessment to determine if you qualify.
  • To complete this form you will need to provide:
    • proof of identity
    • proof of address
    • a recent photograph

Proof of address and identity

  • Proof of address
  • We will accept one of the following:
    • Council tax bill (from the last 12 months)
    • Utility bill (less than 3 months old and not mobile phone)
    • Driving licence
    • School records (for under 18’s)
    • DWP – PIP/DLA or Pensions letter
    • Bank statement (less than 3 months old)
    • Prescription sheet from a GP

 

  • Proof of identity

We will accept one of the following if it is not used as your proof of address:

    • Birth or adoption certificate
    • Marriage or civil partnership certificate
    • Dissolution or divorce certificate
    • Passport
    • Driving licence
    • DWP – PIP/DLA or pensions letter
    • Prescription sheet from a GP

Photograph

You will need to upload a recent digital photo to be printed on the back of your Blue Badge. Make sure it:

  • has a plain, light, background
  • includes face and shoulders
  • shows your face clearly
  • is a true likeness or taken within the last 6 months
  • no filters should be used
  • in colour
  • jpeg/gif/png and less than 10MB

Period of issue

If you are eligible, your Blue Badge will be issued for the period of your supporting evidence up to a maximum of 3 years

After you have applied

If you are eligible, your Blue Badge will be sent to your home address.

It should be noted that the badge remains the property of the issuing local authority which has powers to withdraw the badge in some circumstances.

If you are not eligible, you will be notified of the reason you are not eligible and if you have already paid your payment will be refunded.

Badges for organisations

Organisations concerned with the care of disabled people can apply for a Blue Badge for vehicles like minibuses or specially adapted vehicles if they:

  • care for and transport disabled people who would meet the eligibility criteria for an individual Blue Badge; and
  • have a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the individual Blue Badges of people it transports.

Report a lost or stolen Blue Badge

Please contact Blue Badge Support on 01724 296188 or visit your local library or customer service centre.

Contacting us

If you would like to apply for a Blue Badge and you do not have access to a computer, you can telephone North Lincolnshire Council on 01724 296188, or you can visit your local library or customer service centre.