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Using your Blue Badge

Find out how to use your Blue Badge.

Last updated: 3 January 2023

Next review: 3 January 2024

Visit GOV.UK to see your rights and responsibilities as a Blue Badge holder.

This includes:

  • where you can and can't park
  • using your badge abroad

Important things to remember:

  • You must be a passenger or driver of the vehicle at all times when a Blue Badge is displayed
  • You can’t use your badge if you remain in the vehicle while an able bodied passenger leaves the vehicle
  • You mustn’t let anyone else use your badge including carers carrying out business on your behalf
  • You can’t use your badge when it is out of date, or when the information on it is wrong or faded
  • You can’t allow anyone else to reproduce your badge

Displaying your badge

Your Blue Badge must be displayed on top of the dashboard of the vehicle.

The side showing the wheelchair symbol must face forward so the expiry date can be seen from outside the vehicle.

Parking clocks

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 use 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

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)

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.

Using your Blue Badge in Europe

Using a European Blue Badge in the UK

The UK recognises badges issued by EU and EEA countries used by visitors to the UK. If you are a UK resident, you should apply for a Blue Badge from your local authority.

Return a badge

Your Blue Badge is the property of Waltham Forest Council. 

Badges should be returned to us if:

  • they are found
  • they have expired
  • they are no longer needed due to the owner being deceased
  • your mobility improves
  • your automatic entitlement ceases

You must send the badge with a note explaining why it is being returned to the Mobility team.

Report misuse

Misuse of a Blue Badge is a criminal offence, which can carry a fine of up to £1,000.  If you think a Blue Badge is being misused please contact Parking Enforcement.