Disabled parking bays
Who may apply?
You may apply for a disabled parking bay near your home:
if you are under 65 and:
- you have a severe and permanent mobility disability and
- you receive the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment or the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance
or if you are over 65 and:
you are unable to walk more than 20 metres
and all of the following apply to you:
- you are the holder of a Disabled Person's Blue Badge
- you are the main driver of a vehicle which is kept at your address
- you do not have access to an off-street parking area
- you are living in a street where it is difficult to park outside your home
there are no other means of overcoming the problem and you can demonstrate that the lack of a bay has a considerable impact on your ability to live independently
Please note: according to the Department for Transport in August 2019, people with non-visible (hidden) disabilities, including anxiety disorders or brain injury, may apply for a Blue Badge. If you hold a Blue Badge but do not fulfil all the above criteria (e.g. as a child or dependant with hidden disabilities), please submit an application form and it will be considered.
Apply for a parking bay near your home
If it is difficult to find on-street parking near your home, we may be able to provide a disabled parking bay near to where you live. The parking bay will not be your personal bay (any other vehicle displaying a Blue Badge can use the bay) but it should increase your ability to live independently.
Strict criteria have to be observed before a bay can be provided. For example, individual parking bays are not normally provided within a controlled parking zone as blue badge holders can park for free in any permit bay (excluding car club bays), pay and display, meter or shared use bays.
Your application for a parking bay will be considered and assessed as appropriate. The information you provide is strictly confidential.
- the nature and extent of your disability
- the local street environment
- accessibility to your residence
- any relevant traffic regulations or Traffic Management Orders
- the effect on safety, traffic flow and access for other road users
- whether the bay would unreasonably deny parking space to other residents
An Occupational Therapist may make a full assessment of your mobility or relevant needs.
How long will it take?
- We process your application as quickly as we can.
- If an occupational assessment is needed these are usually carried out within 6-8 weeks from receipt of your application.
- We will contact you directly to arrange the assessment.
- Usually within 3 months of receiving your application, subject to assessment and approval, a formal Traffic Management Order for a bay will be proposed for public consultation.
- This requires an advertisement in the local press and a notice will be placed on site.
- Any objections received at this stage will need to be formally considered and, if upheld, there is a possibility that the bay may not be implemented.
- Even if objections are finally rejected (usually by a neighbourhood committee), there may be a delay of several months.
- If there are no objections the bay is normally implemented in 6-8 weeks.
- Traffic management Orders for disabled parking bays are usually published twice a year. Unfortunately this can delay the bay being installed.