Blue Badge Scheme

Introduction

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.

Overview

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.

You are automatically eligible to apply for a badge if you are over three years old and either:

  • Receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • Have a score of 8 points or more on the 'moving around' section of the Personal Independent Payment (PIP)
  • Have a score of 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'
  • Are registered statutory blind
  • Receive a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement
  • Are a member of service personnel or veterans who has been awarded a benefit (giving rise to entitlement to a lump sum at tariffs 1-8 inclusive) under the AFCS and assessed and certified by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) (an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence) as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking

You also may also be eligible for a badge if you are over three years old and either:

  • Have an enduring and substantial disability (expected to last longer than 3 years) which means you cannot walk, or which makes walking very difficult.
  • Be a person who has been certified by an expert assessor as having an enduring and substantial disability which causes them, during the course of a journey, to:
    • be unable to walk
    • is unable to undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress
    • be at risk of serious harm when walking; or pose, when walking, a risk of serious harm to any other person.
  • Drive a motor vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms, and are unable to operate all or some types of parking meter (or would find it very difficult to operate them)

If you are a parent of a child who is under the age of three, you may apply for a badge for your child if they have a specific medical condition which means that they either:

  • must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around without great difficulty
  • need to be kept near a vehicle at all times, so that they can, if necessary, be treated in the vehicle
  • driven to a place where they can be treated, such as a hospital.

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge

To apply for a new blue badge parking permit or to renew your blue badge please telephone 0161 253 6855, you will need your national insurance number and a debit card to make payment. Following a successful application you will be advised what to do next.

Following successful application of your blue badge over the phone only

Only if you have already made a telephone application and been advised you qualify for a blue badge and we have asked you to supply evidence please use the online form below, where you can upload your ID and photographs. Please do not complete this form unless you have applied for a blue badge or renewal over the phone first. Once you have uploaded all evidence required, your blue badge will be processed within 20 working days. Please allow a further 14 days for postage.

Blue Badge application - Submit your ID and medical evidence online

You will need to provide an email address.

Following a blue badge application over the phone you have been asked to supply medical evidence for an Occupation Therapist

If you have already made an application for a blue badge over the phone and have been informed you need to see upload your medical evidence for an occupational therapist, please upload the evidence using the form below, currently due to the Covid pandemic face to face visits are cancelled:

Blue Badge application - Submit occupational therapist evidence


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.

Blue Badge 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.

Report a Blue Badge fraud

Contact for Blue Badge team