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Blue Badge parking permits for individuals

Apply for, renew or replace a Blue Badge parking permit, who can have one, where you can park with it and how to return one that you no longer need.

What is a Blue Badge parking permit and where can I park with one?

A Blue Badge is a parking permit which allows people with severe mobility issues to park close to where they need to go.

Blue Badges can be used by:

You don’t need to be the driver to have a Blue Badge and it can be used in any vehicle you travel in, as long as you display it on the dashboard. 

Please note: the badge belongs to you, not the vehicle. Read more about who can use your Blue Badge.

Parking in council-operated areas

You are entitled to park in the following council-operated areas:

  • In resident permit holder bays and time-limited bays, Blue Badge holders may park for free and without time limit. You must display the Blue Badge.

  • Within any council-run 'off-street' car parks, however, the majority of the council car parks are operated on a ‘Pay and Display’ basis and do not offer free parking for the disabled. 

  • Within any council-run on-street car parks for free and for as long as you need to. 

  • Where there are disabled parking bays. You must display the Blue Badge and the parking clock if the bay is time-limited.

  • In on-street disabled parking bays for free. Unless signs say otherwise, you may park without time limit. You must display the Blue Badge and the parking clock if the bay is time-limited.

  • On single and double yellow lines, for up to three hours ensuring it is safe to do so, and no other restrictions apply. You must display the Blue Badge and the parking clock showing the quarter hour period during which you arrived. You must wait for at least one hour after a previous period of parking before you can park the same vehicle in the same road or part of a road on the same day.

  • Where there are on-street pay-and-display machines, Blue Badge holders may park for free and for as long as they need to. You must display the Blue Badge.

If your disability prevents you from operating the machine to pay for your parking, you can choose to pay using the MiPermit parking facility, or park nearby on single or double yellow lines.


Please note: all councils operate different parking policies, so you should check before you travel outside of the East Riding.

Parking in private car parks

 

Off-street car parks, for example at supermarkets and hospitals are not operated by the council. You will need to contact the car park provider directly, or look at on-site parking signs, to check whether you can park free of charge using your Blue Badge.

Who is eligible for a Blue Badge?

You may be eligible if you are:

  • a parent or carer for a child aged 2 or under with medical needs
  • aged 3 or over and are automatically eligible, or meet other eligibility criteria
  • an organisation that transports those who meet either of the eligibility criteria above.

Parent or carer for children aged 2 or under with medical needs 

You may be eligible for a Blue Badge if you care for a child with medical needs aged two or under, and you need to: 

  • transport bulky medical equipment, such as ventilators or oxygen, or
  • have quick access to transport to hospital or home for emergency treatment.

Automatic eligibility for a person aged 3 or over

You, or the person you are applying for, will be automatically eligible for a Blue Badge if any of the following apply:

  • receive the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and meet the ‘moving around’ descriptor for the mobility component because you either cannot stand or can stand but walk no more than 50 metres
  • receive a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
  • receive the War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement, or
  • are severely sight impaired
  • have a DS1500 form for terminal illness.

Please note: no assessment will be required if we confirm that you meet one of the eligibility criteria above.

Other eligibility for a person aged three or over

You, or the person you are applying for, may be eligible for a Blue Badge if: 

  • you drive a vehicle regularly AND have a severe disability in both arms AND are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty operating parking equipment, such as ‘Pay and Display’ machines, or 
  • you have a permanent or severe disability which means you cannot walk or can only walk with considerable difficulty

Who can use a Blue Badge?

A Blue Badge is given to a person, not a vehicle. This means the badge holder can use it whenever he or she travels as a driver or passenger. It doesn’t matter who owns the vehicle. Only the badge holder can use the badge and they must be in the vehicle when it is used.

The only time someone else can use the badge without the holder being in the vehicle is if they are dropping off or picking up the badge holder and needs to temporarily park in a designated Blue Badge area. 

If you do not drive yourself, it is important that you share the information on this page with anyone who will be carrying you as a passenger. 

How do I report the misuse of a Blue Badge? 

It is a criminal offence for anyone to use a badge that does not belong to them. For example, using a relative or friend’s badge to park closer to your destination or to avoid paying certain parking charges. 

Misuse could lead to a £1,000 fine and the badge could be withdrawn from the person it belongs to. 

Report somebody you think is misusing a Blue Badge

How much does a Blue Badge cost?

You may be asked for a £10 administration fee upon submission of your online application.

This will be refunded if your application is not successful.

What information do I need to provide in my application?

When you apply for or renew a Blue Badge online you will need to provide:

  1. a passport style colour digital photo (read more about the requirements)    
  2. proof of identification (read more about the types we accept) 
  3. proof of address (read more about the types we accept)    
  4. benefit award letter, if relevant  
  5. proof of specially adapted vehicle, if relevant, when applying under the ‘severe disability in both arms’ category.

Please note: this information must be uploaded to the form during your application. Read more about how to prepare your documents and upload them if you aren't sure.

Acceptable proof of identification

  • Valid passport 
  • Birth or adoption certificate 
  • Marriage or divorce certificate 
  • Certificate of British nationality 
  • Civil partnership or dissolution certificate 
  • Valid driving licence 
  • HM Forces ID card

Acceptable proof of address

  • Council tax bill (dated within the last 12 months) 
  • Bank statement (dated within the last 3 months) 
  • Utility bill (dated within last 3 months) 
  • Award letter from the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (dated within the last 12 months) 
  • Benefit award letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (dated within the last 12 months) 
  • Confirmation letter from Social Services or another local authority that confirms that you are resident 
  • Local Housing Allowance or other benefit award letter (dated within the last 12 months) 
  • Pensions letter from the Pension Services (dated within the last 12 months)

Please note: if you are applying on behalf of a child aged 17 or under we will accept proof of address in the name of the parent or guardian.

How do I upload my photo and documents to you?

Preparing your photo and documents

You will be asked to upload your photo and proofs of eligibility when completing the online application. This is the quickest way to get your application processed. 

Here are a few ways to help you prepare them:

Proofs of eligibility

  • scan them using your home printer if it has scanning capabilities
  • scan them at your local library 
  • take a steady, clear photograph of them with your smartphone or tablet

Documents must be in GIF, JPG, JPEG, PDF or PNG format and be a maximum of 20mb in size. 

Photo

  • ask a friend or family member to take a photo of you on your smartphone or tablet, making sure you follow the photo guidance
  • some high street photo printing shops can take your passport photo and email it to you, which will allow you to upload it to the online application form

Photos must be in GIF, JPG, JPEG or PNG format and be a maximum of 20mb in size. 

Please note: if you’re unable to upload these files for any reason, please complete and submit the online application without uploading any files and we will email you to tell you how to provide them.

Taking the right photograph

The photo must be:

  • in colour
  • clear and in focus
  • a head shot of just you - no group photos
  • taken in the last six months

You need to:

  • use a plain background and face forward
  • make sure your full face is visible, remove anything that might obscure your face
  • remove sunglasses unless you need to wear them for medical reasons

You can:

  • wear your prescription glasses as long as your face is visible
  • smile if you'd like to

Uploading files

Save your photo and/or proofs of eligibility on your device, such as your computer, smartphone or tablet, then when you reach the upload section in the form: 

  1. Select ‘Click here to attach a file’ 
  2. Select ‘Choose File’ 
  3. Browse your device to locate and select the file you wish to use
  4. Select ‘Attach’

What happens after I apply and how long does the process take?

Unless you are automatically eligible, a member of our occupational therapy team may need to assess your mobility to determine whether you are eligible for a badge. If you need an assessment we will email following submission of your application, to tell you how to book an appointment.

Visiting an assessment clinic

Following submission of your application, you may be asked to book an appointment at an Independent Mobility Assessment Clinic (IMA). There are three locations to choose from, each offering different clinic days and parking facilities:

How long does it take to get a Blue Badge?

We aim to process your request within 10 weeks of receiving your application form along with your photo and all required supporting documents.

You can   log in to your account and select ‘My history’ to check the progress of your application.

Can I appeal or re-apply if my application is refused?

If we refuse your application we will email you to tell you the reason you are not eligible. If you have paid the £10 administration fee we will refund it.

If you don’t agree with the decision and do not think we took all the information you provided into account, follow the instructions in the email we sent you to ask us to reconsider your application. 

You can re-apply after three months or if your mobility issues get worse.

Please note: the final decision to issue a badge rests with us as the local authority.

When can I renew my Blue Badge?

You can renew your Blue Badge up to 10 weeks before its expiry date, or after it has already expired. 

We do not remind you to renew your badge and we cannot issue a temporary badge whilst your new application is being processed.

All applications to renew an expired badge are subject to the same criteria and assessment and are not automatically approved.

Please note: you cannot use a badge that has expired, even if you are waiting for your new one to arrive.

What should I do with a Blue Badge that is no longer needed?

Tell us about a Blue Badge that is no longer needed

After telling us you no longer need your badge, please return it to your nearest customer service centre or post it to:

Customer Service Centre 
7 Cross Street 
Beverley 
HU17 9AX