The Blue Badge scheme provides a range of parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems who have difficulty using public transport. The scheme operates throughout the UK.
From 1st April 2016, when you apply for a blue badge using the online form, you now have the facility to upload your photograph, proof of ID, proof of address and any supporting evidences. This will save time and allow us to process your application quickly, without the need for you to post or bring documents to our town halls.
At the end of the application form, you will have the option to upload these documents electronically. Please ensure that the scans are clear and legible and that photographs are of a passport quality. We may ask to view the original documents if they are unclear. If you don’t have them available, you can save your application (make a note of the tracking reference number) and come back and upload documents at a later date.
You can find out if you are eligible to apply for a Blue Badge here.
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council administers the Blue Badge service locally on behalf of the Department for Transport.
How to apply for a Blue Badge
Since January 2012, the application form is based on the Department for Transport standard. All applicants now answer the same questions, no matter how they apply.
The Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 states that local authorities "shall maintain a register showing the holders of badges issued by the authority and the vehicle or vehicles for which each of the badges is held". For this reason, we need to now ask for the registration number(s) of any vehicles that you will use.
All applications must be submitted online. Please note that we no longer provide paper application forms. You can apply for a Blue Badge online here.
If you do not have access to the internet at home or work, you can use our public access PCs at one of our public buildings. Please note that:
- If you require assistance to complete the form, you can visit Blackburn or Darwen Town Hall to use one of our public access PCs. Staff are available to provide help and guidance on completing the form.
- If you do not require assistance to complete the form, you can visit one of our libraries or Town Halls to use the public access PCs. Please be aware that library staff will be unable to provide assistance to complete the Blue Badge application.
If you are unable to visit one of our public buildings, please contact us on 01254 585381 and we can arrange an appointment to assist you with the application process. However, please be aware that, at times, demand for this service can be high and your appointment may be several weeks and could extend beyond the expiry date of your badge. Please ensure that you book these appointments well in advance to avoid any disappointment.
Once you have submitted your application, we will contact you within 10 working days to let you know if your application has been successful. We will advise you on what evidence and documentation you need to provide next.
Please do not send documentation to us until we have been in contact with you.
Below is a list of evidence that you may be required to provide:
- Evidence of qualifying benefits (i.e. DWP award letters)
- Details of treatments and medication of any on-going conditions.
Below is a list of items that you will be required to provide:
- A colour, passport-sized photograph of yourself with your name, application reference number and date of birth printed on the back.
- 2 proofs of ID (valid passport, driving license or birth/marriage certificate)
- £10 administration payment. Please note that we will only accept credit or debit card payments, we no longer accept cash or cheques.
Frequently asked questions
Is there an age limit?
There is no upper age limit – you can apply if you meet any of the criteria for automatic entitlement, or your mobility is sufficiently limited. For further information see the notes above or contact us
Where can I find out more about the scheme?
For more information about Blue Badges, visit www.gov.uk and search for Blue Badge.
My Blue Badge has been lost/stolen. What should I do?
If your badge has been lost or stolen, you will first need to contact the police as we will require a crime reference number or a lost property reference number to progress your enquiry.
You can then contact us and we will cancel your lost/stolen badge and a new application will need to be made. You may need to provide further photographs but in all cases, a further payment of £10.00 will be required.
I have been refused, can I appeal?
You have no right to appeal against a decision by us to refuse a Blue Badge. However, if you have been refused you may ask us to reconsider in writing within 28 days if you disagree with the decision or can provide more information which may support a successful application. You may be asked to attend a mobility assessment with an occupational therapist.