Blue Badge scheme
On this page you will find information on how to apply for a Blue Badge, including if you will be entitled to one, how to renew or replace your badge and how to get help completing your application.
You can apply for yourself, for someone else or for your organisation.
You automatically qualify if:
- You receive higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
- You receive War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement
- You receive Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) award, tariffs 1-8 and have been assessed by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) as having a permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty walking
- You are registered as blind under the National Assistance Act 1948 (partially sighted people do not automatically qualify)
- You receive the enhanced rate of mobility under the Personal Independence Payment, PIP (must have eight points in 'Moving around' section)
You may qualify if:
- You have a child under three years old and need to transport bulky medical equipment for urgent treatment, or always be near a vehicle so they can be treated or driven to a place for treatment for a permanent illness
- You drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and can't work or have considerable difficulty working parking meters
- You have a permanent and substantial disability which affects your mobility and means you have considerable difficulty in walking
- You drive regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty operating, all or some types of parking meter, and are able to provide valid proof that your vehicle has been adapted to your disability (V5 document or vehicle insurance)
We may ask you to come to an independent mobility assessment if we can't decide based on your application. It is just to assess your mobility, not your general health. It's free and carried out by a qualified professional.
Refused a Blue Badge
If you have been refused a Blue Badge application there is an appeals process and you would have received a letter regarding how to appeal.
When using the online application, you can attach your evidence documents to the application.
You also have the option to send your evidence documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You do not need to send original documents. We accept photocopies.
- One recent passport size photograph (45mm x 35mm), with your name printed on the reverse.
- Recent proof of address (council tax bill if your name appears on it, a bank statement or utility bill)
- Confirmation of identity (certified by a professional). If you have previously held a blue badge, your documentation does not need to be certified. View a list of professionals who can certify
- Current proof of higher rate of mobility component of Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment, (you must provide the front page and the page that confirms how many points you are awarded under the moving around header) War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement or Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (if applicable)
- Organisational applicants require a copy of their vehicle log book and organisational logo. An ‘organisational applicant’ means those that both care for and transport disabled people
If you don't have the documents
Email email@example.com and we may be able to offer an alternative.
Blue Badges cost £10 whether it's your first one or you're renewing or replacing it.
If you apply online: pay by card.
No cash payments can be accepted. Cheques accepted and made payable to London Borough of Redbridge.
You will only pay this if your application is successful.
You can apply for your Blue Badge or renew your existing badge using the same online application.
You can renew your badge if it expires in the next 8 to 12 weeks.
How long to process a Blue Badge application?
You need to allow 6 to 8 weeks for your application to be processed. You will be informed in writing when your badge is ready or if you do not qualify for a badge.
We will only start processing your application once all your evidence documentation has been received.
How can I track my application?
- The Blue Badge can only be used by the person who it is issued to
- You can use the badge in any car that you are driving or a passenger in
- Display the Blue Badge so it can be seen clearly in the vehicle you are using
- It is illegal to use your badge after its expiry date
- You may be fined up to £1000 or lose your badge if you don't stick to the law
Where can I park with a Blue Badge?
- Single/double yellow lines - a maximum stay of 3 hours with no return within 1 hour providing the time clock is displayed showing time of arrival except where loading restrictions apply
- Pay and display bays - no time limit unless specified on pay and display machine/notice board
- Disabled bay - no time limit unless specified by time plate next to the bay
- Shared use bay - parking bays that are shared between pay and display and permit parking. No time limit unless specified on pay and display machine/notice board
Where can't I park with a Blue Badge?
- Loading restrictions on single/double yellow lines - this restriction is indicated by yellow kerb markings
- Permit parking bays (resident/business) - unless the appropriate permit is displayed alongside the Blue Badge or the bay in question is shared with a pay and display
- Doctors bay - this restriction is clearly marked and sign posted
- Suspended parking bay - the bay suspensions would be clearly sign posted to advise the time and date of suspension
- Bus stop/taxi ranks - this restriction will be clearly sign posted and marked on the road
- School entrance "Keep clear" markings - this restriction is clearly marked on the road
- Zigzag markings - this restriction is clearly marked and typically found at pedestrian crossings
- Dropped kerbs - no vehicle can be parked adjacent to a dropped kerb as this would be used for either residential or pedestrian access to and from the road
- Loading bay - blue badge holders are not permitted to park in the loading bay
Find out more about where you can park and how to use your Blue Badge correctly on the Department for Transport Blue Badge guidance.
Returning a Blue Badge
If the Blue Badge is no longer needed, you can return the badge to:
- The Blue Badge Team, Contact Centre, Ley Street Depot, Ley Street, Ilford IG2 7QZ (no public access)
If your Blue Badge has been lost, stolen or damaged and needs replacing, you will need to complete an application on GOV.UK website.
Replacements cost £10.
If you have found a lost Blue Badge please:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Return it by post to The Blue Badge Team, Contact Centre, Ley Street Depot, Ley Street, Ilford, IG2 7QZ (no public access)
Misuse of Blue Badge
If you see a badge being misused please let us know. You can
- Email email@example.com
- Write to The Blue Badge Team, Contact Centre, Ley Street Depot, Ley Street, Ilford, IG2 7QZ (no public access)
Please include as much information as you can, such as the location, description of the driver, vehicle registration and badge number.
We will deal with all information confidentially.
If you need help with filling in your online blue badge application then please ask a family member, friend or carer to help.
If you don’t have access to a computer, then there is support available by contacting your local library. You will need to make an appointment before you go in and will need to ensure you bring all the relevant evidence documents and information with you. View a list of libraries in Redbridge