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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 . South Gloucestershire Council cannot be held responsible for applications submitted through a non official Blue Badge website and cannot refund any monies lost.

Update on Government consultation – changes to Blue Badge scheme

Following a public consultation on Blue Badge eligibility issues, the Government is introducing changes to the current Blue Badge scheme, including adding some new eligibility criteria around ‘Hidden Disabilities’.

The new Department for Transport Blue Badge Scheme Local Authority Guidance was issued to Local Authorities as of 15 June 2019. However, the date given for the Guidance to come into effect is 30 August 2019. Until this date, the previous guidance does still apply.

Please note that South Gloucestershire council will not be accepting or assessing applications under the new guidance (‘Hidden Disabilities’ applications) until the 30 August 2019.

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 or renew a blue badge you can either apply online or you can complete a paper application form, which can be submitted to the address or email address provided in our Contact Details, or taken to a One Stop Shop in Kingswood, Patchway or Yate. You can download a paper application from this page, pick one up from a One Stop Shop or request one by emailing us at contravel@southglos.gov.uk

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

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 or if you are applying by paper or need to supply additional supporting documentation then 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.

Renewals for Customers aged 75 or over

Renewals for Customers aged 75 or over

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

Online Renewal Application – You will need to complete the full application for a new or renewal Blue Badge. You will need to provide supporting documents and photograph either by post or in person by visiting one of our One Stop Shops.

Please Note that it can take up to five weeks for your application to be assessed and issued to you.

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

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 reasonably 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

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 will not be able to apply online but should instead complete a Blue Badge – Fast Track Application. This paper form is available under the downloads section of this page. You will need to supply a DS1500 with your application form. You do not need to supply proof of your identity or a photograph.

If you do not have a DS1500 but are eligible for a blue badge under another criteria then you may apply online under that criteria, or alternatively complete the Individual Blue Badge paper application form which is available from the downloads section of this page.

 

Organisations

If you are applying for a blue badge for an Organisation such as a care home you will not be able to apply online but should instead complete an Organisational Blue Badge Form available under the downloads section of this page.

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
  • 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

Personal Independence Payment

If you are applying on the grounds that you are in receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), we will need to see a copy of all pages of the decision letter dated within the last 12 months. This should clearly show

  • the date the award ends
  • state that you meet one of the following ‘Moving Around’ descriptors within the PIP Mobility Component of your award
    • you can stand and then move unaided more than 20 metres but no more than 50 metres (eight points)
    • you can stand and then move using an aid or appliance more than 20 metres but no more than 50 metres (10 points)
    • you can stand and then move more than one metre but no more than 20 metres (12 points)
    • you cannot stand or move more than one metre (12 points).

If the letter is dated more than 12 months ago then we will also need your annual uprating letter showing what you are receiving now.

Disability Living Allowance

If you are applying on the grounds that you are in receipt of the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), you will need to provide us with a copy of all pages of the decision letter issued within the last 12 months confirming this and the date the award ends.

If the letter is dated more than 12 months ago then we will also need a copy of your annual uprating letter showing what you are receiving now.

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 two 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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