Due to the ongoing developments with the coronavirus outbreak in Wales and RCT, and the need to focus staff resources towards services, the Blue Badge application service has temporarily changed. We are currently only able to accept online applications at this time. Please go to www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge to apply and for further guidance. 

If your Blue Badge has recently expired (from March 2020) then please continue to use your badge (for essential travel only) and submit your application online as soon as possible.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

A Blue Badge parking permit is designed to help people with walking difficulties, cognitive impairment or other mobility problems to travel independently, as a driver or as a passenger. 

The Blue Badge scheme allows people who meet the eligibility criteria to park, when displaying their blue badge, where restrictions for other motorists may otherwise apply. The scheme plays an important role in helping people with mobility problems to overcome some of the barriers they face when accessing jobs, shops and other important services.

In Wales, there is no charge for individual applications, although a charge of £10 can be made for organisational and replacement badges.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants will automatically qualify for a Blue Badge by meeting any of the following criteria:

  • Applicants who can evidence they are in receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance 
  • Applicants who can evidence that they are in receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) that includes 8 points for ‘Moving Around’ or 12 points for ‘Planning a Journey’
  • Applicants who are blind (severely sight impaired) and can produce a signed Certificate of Vision Impairment
  • Applicants who can evidence that they are in receipt of the War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
  • Applicants who can evidence they are in receipt of a qualifying award under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (compensation) Scheme
  • Applicants who are considered to have a permanent mental disorder and have been awarded tariff level 6 within the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (compensation) Scheme

If an applicant does not meet any of the automatic qualifying criteria, they can still apply for a Blue Badge parking permit if any of the following can be evidenced:

  • Permanent and substantial walking difficulties
  • A temporary walking difficulty that is expected to last for a minimum of 12 months (blue badge will be issued for 12 months)
  • A cognitive impairment that affects a person’s ability to plan and follow a journey, to such an extent that constant supervision is required
  • Impairment in both arms, regularly drive a car and have difficulty using parking meters, or similar equipment
  • They are applying on behalf of a child under the age of 3 years old who is accompanied by bulky medical equipment at all times, or requires immediate access to a motor vehicle in the event of emergency treatment being required

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