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Applying for a blue badge

The blue badge scheme is for people with severe mobility problems. It allows blue badge holders to park close to where they need to go.

If you wish to apply for a blue badge you can apply online or complete a paper application form. You can pick one up from one of our one-stop shops in Kingswood, Patchway, or Yate or by emailing us at

Please note that it can take up to 8 weeks for your application to be assessed.

Blue badge application forms can be submitted via the one stop shops.

Blue badges are issued up to a maximum of 3 years.


The scheme is designed in the form of a personal passport-type document and has space for a photograph of the holder to be displayed. Your application must be accompanied by a reasonably recent photograph taken from self-service booths or any suitable photographs cut down to a passport photo size.

Badge holder’s responsibility

Blue badge holders have a duty under Regulation 9 (of The Disabled Persons (badges for Motor Vehicles)(England) Regulations 2000)) to return the badge to South Gloucestershire Council if;

  • the badge expires
  • the badge holder is no longer eligible or at any time their mobility improves
  • you have a replacement badge and later find the original (please return the original badge)
  • the badge is so damaged/faded that the details on it are illegible
  • the badge is no longer required by the badge holder

Supporting evidence

Copies of supporting evidence should be supplied where requested with all applications.

Additional relevant information may also be required if you do not qualify under section 2 of the application form. In these cases copies of any existing/relevant documents from medical specialists that confirm mobility issues should also be enclosed to support your application.

Please also note that if the badge holder passes away then the executor or administrator of the estate should return the badge to South Gloucestershire Council.

The blue badge remains the property of the issuing local authority, which has the powers to withdraw the badge in some circumstances.

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