Blue Badge Scheme
The Blue Badge scheme provides parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems, or someone who is unable to undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress. The scheme operates throughout the UK and is recognised throughout the European Union.
On 30 August 2019, the Department for Transport introduced new criteria to include 'hidden disabilities'.
Apply for or renew a Blue Badge
You can apply for or renew a Blue Badge up to two months before the expiry date over the telephone on 0161-253-6855.
You will be asked a series of questions which you should answer in as much detail as possible about your disability. You will need to provide your National Insurance number when you apply.
If your application is successful, you will need to attend Connect & Direct to provide proof of your identity and disability. The application process must be completed over the phone prior to attending Connect & Direct at Textile Hall.
You will need to bring with you:
- Photographic ID, e.g. passport or driving licence
- Proof of address, dated in the last 3 months, e.g. utility bill or prescription
- Proof of National Insurance number, e.g. NI card, pension letter or benefit letter
If you have been asked to provide medical evidence of your disability, you must provide a letter from a GP or Consultant. If you are applying under the new hidden disability criteria, you must provide evidence from an 'Expert Assessor'. An example of Expert Assessors who may be involved in your case are:
- Clinical psychologist
- Educational psychologist
- Occupational therapist
If you have been accepted due to the type of disability benefit you claim, we will need to see a full copy of the latest award letter (not your Yearly Update or Annual Advice Letter), from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Examples of this are:
- PIP (Personal independent payments) - Mobility activities:
- 8 points or more under 'moving around' component, or
- 10 points under 'Planning and following a journey' component, with the descriptor 'Cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant'
- DLA (Disability Living Allowance): Higher Rate Mobility - Indefinitely. This must be dated within the last 12 months.
If you do not already have this, please contact the DWP helpline for a copy on 0800-121-4433
Please note that there is no grace period after your blue badge has run out. You must not use a Blue Badge after it has expired.
Blue Badge appeal
If your application has been declined and you disagree with the decision, you can appeal within 28 days. Please complete the form below with as much information as possible, and upload any supporting evidence. The panel will make a decision within 60 days of receiving your appeal.
Using a Blue Badge in Bury
You must be in the vehicle, either as the driver or as a passenger, when your badge is being used, or being picked up.
There are designated disabled spaces in car parks throughout the borough, for the use of Blue Badge holders, where you can park for free. You can also park for up to 3 hours on single or double yellow lines.
Replace a lost or stolen Blue Badge?
You will need to report your badge lost or stolen to the police on Report My Loss and get a Crime Reference Number before you can replace your badge. You can replace your badge over the telephone on 0161-253-6855. You will be charged £10 for a replacement badge.
Blue Badge fraud
If you wish to report fraud or misuse of a Blue Badge, please complete the following form with as much information as possible. You can do this anonymously if you wish.