Apply for a Blue Badge parking permit

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Following the consultation undertaken by Department for Transport (DfT), changes to the Disabled Blue Badge scheme came into effect from 30 August 2019. These changes meant people with hidden disabilities will be granted access to the scheme too. The idea is that people with less obvious health conditions, such as autism, will have the same right to park in disabled bays as those with physical disabilities.

Who Can Automatically get a Blue Badge?

You may be Automatically eligible for a blue Badge if you fall into one or more of the following Categories:

  1. If you are registered blind or are getting certain benefits such as DLA, PIP.
  2. If you get the Higher Rate of Mobility Component in your Disability Living Allowance (a score of 8 points or more under the ‘moving around’ activity of the mobility component)
  3. If you became disabled while you were serving in the armed forces.

Who may be eligible and can get a Blue Badge?

You may be eligible for a blue Badge if you fall into one or more of the following Categories:

  1. You have a disability which means you are unable to walk or have a disability which makes it difficult for you to walk from your car to where you want to go.
  2. You have a disability which means that you are likely to come to harm when you are walking
  3. You have a disability and you are likely to harm someone when you are walking.
  4. You are registered blind or are getting certain benefits such as PIP and DLA.
  5. Children may be able to get a Blue Badge if they are over 2 years old and have a great difficulty in walking.
  6. if you drive a vehicle and have a disability in both of your arms.
  7. If you have a car that has been adapted taking your disability into consideration. It may have different controls.
  8. if you have a disabled child under 3 years old.
  9. You always have medical equipment with them that is hard to carry.
  10. Some organisations that care for disabled people and transport them can get a Blue Badge

Check your eligibility and apply or renew a Blue Badge 

If you’re a Blue Badge holder, you can use your badge to park a car you’re driving, or a car in which you’re the passenger.

Only the Blue Badge holder can use the badge. It's a criminal offence to use someone else’s Blue Badge, or to drive a vehicle displaying a badge unless the badge holder is in the vehicle. There is a fine of up to £1,000.

Where can I park?

The rules on where Blue Badge holders can park vary depending on which Local Authority you park in.

For Waltham Forest, please download our Blue Badges parking guide (PDF 348KB)

If you're a resident within a controlled parking zone (CPZ) and hold a Blue Badge, you can also apply for a free annual resident parking permit.

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You can apply for a new or renew a Blue Badge on the GOV.UK website

Process, Fee’s and Timescale?

A Blue Badge costs up to £10 in England.

A Blue Badge usually lasts up to 3 years.

How you pay for the Blue Badge depends on the Local Authority you reside in and apply too.

The process usually takes around 12 weeks for the decision to be made and you will be informed of the decision in writing.

How to pay for a Blue Badge?

How you pay for the Blue Badge depends on the Local Authority you reside in and apply too.

You can pay for a Blue badge via the following Three options within Waltham forest:

  1. Over the phone: 020 8496 3000
  2.  Online: GOV.UK  
  3. At your local library

What you’ll need?

You’ll need a recent digital photo showing your head and shoulders.

You’ll also need a photo or scan of your:

  1. proof of identity (such as a birth certificate, passport or driving licence)
  2. proof of address (such as a Council Tax bill or government letter)
  3. proof of benefits (such as PIP and High rate DLA, Registered blind, War pension, Armed forces benefits)

You’ll also need to know:

  1. your National Insurance number (if you have one)
  2. the details of your current Blue Badge (if you’re reapplying)

For further information on how to apply please refer to the GOV.UK website.

How to apply for a renewal?

You must reapply for a Blue Badge before your current one expires.

To reapply, please use the GOV.UK website.

What If your application gets refused?

Upon submitting a Blue Badge application if your application is rejected we will tell you why you’re not eligible for a Blue Badge.

You can ask us to reconsider your case if you do not think all the important information you provided was considered.

You can also reapply if your mobility problems become more serious.

To reapply, please use the GOV.UK website.

How to appeal?

If you disagree with our decision, you can contact us at mobiity.services@walthamforest.gov.uk and ask for your application to be reviewed by the Team manager.

Your email should include:

  • Any medical evidence that you think will help to support your application
  • Any proof of benefits ( such as PIP or DLA)
  • Any relevant information that you think will help to understand your medical condition

Your application may be approved if there is enough evidence that can showcase your difficulty to walk.

 

    Your Blue Badge must be displayed so it can be clearly read through the front windscreen.

    It must be:

    • on the vehicle's dashboard or fascia panel
    • so the front of the badge with the hologram is facing up
    • so the side showing the photograph is facing down

    It must not be:

    • faded or illegible through damage

    If this is the case, please request a replacement from us. 

    Displaying an illegible badge or incorrectly displaying the badge may result in a Penalty Charge Notice being issued.

    Parking clocks (discs)

    If you need to use a parking clock with your Blue Badge, you must display it so it can be clearly read through the front windscreen.

    It must be:

    • on the dashboard or fascia panel
    • set to show the quarter hour period during which you arrived

    It must not be:

    • used instead of, or without, the Blue Badge

    When to display parking clocks

    Type of parking bay What to display
    Waiting restrictions for three hours Badge and clock displayed to arrival time
    PaybyPhone bays Badge displayed
    Shared use bays Badge displayed
    Market trader bays for three hours  Badge and clock displayed to arrival time
    Short stay parking bays without time restrictions Badge displayed
    On street disabled bays max stay three hours, no return same day Badge and clock displayed to arrival time
    Car park disabled bays max stay three hours, no return same day Badge and clock displayed to arrival time
    Car parks, other bays without restrictions Badge displayed

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    Please note, we are unable to see personal callers. 

    Mobility Team

    Waltham Forest Council
    Town Hall
    Forest Road
    Walthamstow 
    E17 4JF 

    Phone: 020 8496 3000
    Email: mobility.services@walthamforest.gov.uk

    If you don't have access to a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service PC to log your request or report. Staff are available to support you if you need it.​​​​​​​