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Applying for a Blue Badge

We are aware of a website www.bluebadge-uk.com where residents can apply online for a Blue Badge and pay £50.00. South Gloucestershire Council does not charge for Blue Badges issued. If you wish to apply for your Blue Badge online, ensure you only use https://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge . We cannot be held responsible for applications submitted through a non official Blue Badge website and cannot refund any monies lost.

Negotiations are currently taking place regarding the use of UK Blue Badges within some European countries. Please ensure that you check with the embassy of the country you are travelling to for the latest development before travelling. More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/blue-badge-using-it-in-the-eu/using-a-blue-badge-in-the-european-union

The Blue Badge scheme is to help people with severe mobility problems caused by visible and non-visible disabilities to access goods and services, by allowing them to park close to their destination.

If you wish to apply for or renew a Blue Badge you can either:

The pdf application form can be either

  • downloaded, filled in directly, then saved to your computer and emailed to us
  • printed out, completed in ink and handed in to a One Stop Shop or posted to the address shown on the form

If you are unable to download the form, you can request a blank form by emailing us or calling 01454 868004.

It can take up to twelve weeks for your application to be assessed and issued to you. We request that you do not call or email us to chase your application during this 12 week period.

South Gloucestershire Council does not currently require payment for Blue Badges.

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

Note: if you apply online you will be able to upload some or all of your supporting documents to your online application. If you are unable to do this, are applying by paper, or need to supply additional supporting documentation; you will need to provide these (together with your photograph) by email to contravel@southglos.gov.uk, by post, or in person by visiting one of our One Stop Shops.

Blue Badge eligibility criteria

You automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if you are aged 2 or over and at least one of the following applies:

  • you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • you receive a Personal Independence Payment (PIP)because you can’t walk more than 50 metres (a score of 8 points or more under the ‘moving around’ activity of the mobility component)
  • you are registered blind (severely sight impaired)
  • you receive a War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • you have received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1 to 8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
  • you receive the mobility component of PIP and have obtained 10 points specifically for descriptor E under the ‘planning and following journeys’ activity, on the grounds that you are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause you overwhelming psychological distress

You may also qualify for a badge if one or more of the following applies:

  • you drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms, and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating all or some types of parking metre
  • you are aged 2 or over and have an enduring and substantial disability which causes you, during the course of a journey to be unable to walk, or to experience very considerable difficulty whilst walking which may include very considerable psychological distress
  • you are aged 2 or over and are at risk of serious harm when walking – or pose, when walking, a risk of serious harm to any other person
  • you are under 3 years old and, on account of a medical condition, must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty
  • you are under 3 years old and, on account of a medical condition, must always be kept near a motor vehicle so that, if necessary, treatment for that condition can be given in the vehicle or the child can be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where such treatment can be given

Renewals for customers aged 75 or over

Paper renewal application – If you 75 or over and renewing a South Gloucestershire Council Blue Badge within 3 months of the expiry date, please complete the ’75+ renewal Blue Badge form’. You can download a paper copy of this form, pick one up from a One Stop Shop or request one by emailing us at contravel@southglos.gov.uk.

Photographs

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. Any new application must be accompanied by a recent photograph taken from self-service booths or any suitable photographs cut down to a passport photo size. For renewal photographs, we will require a new photograph if there has been a significant change in appearance.

if you are struggling to provide a photograph, our One Stop Shop staff can take a photograph of you and send it directly to the Concessionary Travel team.

Customers suffering from a terminal condition and who have been given a DS1500

If you are suffering from a terminal condition and have been given a DS1500, you can complete a Fast track Blue Badge form or you can apply online at GOV.UK. You will need to supply a DS1500 with your application form. If you do not have this, you will need to supply medical evidence confirming your condition and prognosis.

You do not need to supply proof of your identity. Supply a passport sized photograph if you are able to, but if you are not able to this is not a requirement for these applications.

Organisations

If you are applying for a Blue Badge for an organisation such as a care home you can complete an Organisational Blue Badge form or apply online at GOV.UK.

Badge holder’s responsibility

Blue Badge holders have a duty under Regulation nine (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
  • the badge is issued with a replacement badge and later finds the original (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 relevant supporting evidence (for example benefit award letters, medical evidence, Education Health and Care Plan) should be supplied with all applications. See the application form and guidance notes for information regarding the evidence needed depending on the criteria you are applying under.

Medical specialists or general practitioners are not obliged to provide supporting evidence for an application and you may be charged if you request it.

If you are applying on the grounds that you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit, and are entitled to a Blue Badge without further assessment, make sure that you read section 2 of the application form carefully and supply the correct supporting evidence. If the correct evidence is not supplied, this will delay your application.

An example of an eligible PIP letter is available to view.

The Blue Badge remains the property of the issuing local authority, which has the power to withdraw the badge in some circumstances.

If the badge holder passes away then the executor or administrator of the estate should return the badge to South Gloucestershire Council.

 

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