Apply for a parking Blue Badge

If you have a disability which affects your mobility you may qualify for a 'Blue Badge'.

What is a Blue Badge?

It allows you to park in Blue Badge parking spaces, even if you aren’t the person driving.

If you meet at least one of the following criteria, you can apply for a Blue Badge:

  • You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • You are severely sight impaired (blind)
  • You received a score of eight points or more under the ‘Moving Around’ activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payments
  • You receive a War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
  • You have had a payment under tariff one to eight of the Armed Forces compensation scheme and are certified as having a permanent and substantial disability likely to last the rest of your life
  • You have a permanent and substantial disability which makes walking difficult or impossible
  • You have a severe upper limb disability in both arms and can drive a vehicle, but can’t turn a steering wheel by hand even if the wheel is fitted with a turning handle
  • You belong to an organisation that uses a vehicle to transport disabled people

Children under three may also qualify for a badge if they have a medical condition which means that bulky medical equipment needs to be carried around with them, and / or they need to be near to a car in case they need speedy treatment.

Applicants diagnosed with a terminal illness – If you have been issued with a DS1500 by your doctor or medical team due to your diagnosis and the prognosis of your condition, please contact us to discuss the application process.

New entitlement criteria being introduced

From 30 August 2019, the government will be introducing new criteria for Blue Badge applications in England. The application form is being revised to include the new entitlement criteria and will be available from 30 August. We cannot accept applications under the new entitlement criteria until after that date.
 
Due to the nature of non-visible (hidden) conditions, applications will be assessed by looking at an applicant's needs.
 
Having a certain condition or disability does not automatically entitle somebody to a Blue Badge.
 
Personal Independence Payment (PIP): An applicant would be automatically eligible under the new criteria if, in their PIP mobility assessment, they scored 10 points in “Planning and following a journey” which says:
 
“Cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant.
 
If the applicant did not score this specific 10 point descriptor they can still apply and their application has to be assessed by the local authority.
 
Other benefits - there is no new automatic eligibility under the new criteria with other benefits, including:

  • ·Disability Living Allowance (DLA) care component
  • ·Attendance Allowance (AA)

Instead, if the applicant receives one of these benefits, they can still apply and their application has to be assessed by the local authority.

Applying under the new criteria

Consider applying for a Blue Badge if the applicant has a non-visible (hidden) condition, causing them to severely struggle with journeys between a vehicle and their destination, and either:

  • Is constantly a significant risk to themself or others near vehicles, in traffic or car parks
  • Severely struggles to plan or follow a journey
  • Finds it difficult or impossible to control their actions and lacks awareness of the impact they could have on others
  • Regularly has intense and overwhelming responses to situations causing temporary loss of behavioural control
  • Frequently becomes extremely anxious or fearful of public/open spaces

If one or more of these are relevant to the applicant, apply using the application online or completing the application form.

How to apply

Apply in person at any One Stop Shop.  If this is not possible, please contact us for advice. The fee for a Blue Badge is £10.

You can also download and print off the Blue Badge application form and fill it in beforehand to save time. Otherwise, staff at the One Stop Shop will help you fill in the form when you call in.

You will need to provide:

  • A passport standard photograph
  • Two forms of identification. One photo ID such as a passport, bus pass or photocard driving licence, and at least one must show your current address and be dated within the last 12 months
  • Your most recent qualifying benefit award letter (within the last 12 months). See the list of qualifying benefits above
  • £10 administration fee

Please note, if you apply but do not have a qualifying benefit, you will have to undergo an independent mobility assessment. Please contact us for an application pack if you need to arrange an assessment.

If you have lost your blue badge or has been stolen, you need to visit the one stop shop to apply for a replacement blue badge. You will need to complete the application form and provide proof of identification confirming your name and address. The fee for a replacement blue badge is £10.

Blue Badge application form

You can also complete the application form online before attending in person at any One Stop Shop.

How long your Blue Badge application will take

We will usually order your badge on the day you apply. You should receive it in the post within seven to ten working days.

Please note that we will no longer be issuing renewal reminders. It is your responsibility to check the expiry date on your blue badge and apply for a renewal of your badge in good time.

If you are applying for a renewal of your current badge and need a mobility assessment, we recommend that you apply at least six weeks before your badge runs out to ensure you receive your new badge in time.
You must fill in the application form and provide the documents requested.

For more information about the blue badge scheme in Knowsley, call 0151 489 6000 or email blue.badge@knowsley.gov.uk.