Disabled parking bay

Any Blue Badge holder may apply for a blue badge holder's parking place. The Council will consider the application based upon need and location. Disabled parking bays may be provided for two different uses:

  • A disabled parking bay close to the applicant's address solely for use by a specific blue badge holder. These bays will be clearly signed as Disabled badge permit and are not for general disabled badge holder use.
  • A disabled parking bay that is available for use by any holder of a Blue Badge near a hospital, clinic, doctor's surgery, other public building; or shopping area.

In each case, the parking place will be sited as near as possible to the relevant building but we have to take the following into consideration:

  • Traffic flow
  • The interests of the owners and occupiers of adjoining properties
  • Access to premises
  • Road safety

Any Blue Badge holder can apply for a disabled parking bay. To obtain a new disabled parking bay a successful application must be made which demonstrates certain qualification criteria. To qualify for a disabled parking bay, you must first hold a valid Blue Badge and:

  • Demonstrate a genuine need for the bay requested
  • Not have access to private parking within or near the premises
  • Be unable to secure an on-street parking space within your mobility range on a regular basis

If you hold a valid blue badge you can apply for a disabled parking bay by completing our online form. You must:

  • Drive your own car or nominate a carer who drives you and resides at your address
  • Have no access to private parking
  • Be unable to secure an on-street parking space within your mobility range on a regular basis
  • Provide copies of your vehicle registration documents showing your name and address (showing you are a local resident)


The Council will make every effort to deal with applications as quickly as possible. However, it does involve processing a legal traffic regulation order, which includes consultation, notices and press adverts. An application can take between 6 and 9 months to process.

Last Updated on Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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