If you are disabled, life is a lot easier if you can park near your home. This section describes how you could get a designated parking space outside your home.

While Blue Badge holders can park in any Pay and Display space, disabled parking bay, meter parking space or car park, it can still be hard to find a space if they live in a busy area.

If you are a Blue Badge holder, you can apply for a disabled parking place near your home. If your application is successful, the parking place will be reserved for any Blue Badge holder (any disabled person displaying a blue badge in his or her vehicle can park in a disabled bay for an unlimited period of time).

More information about the Blue Badge parking scheme

How to apply for a designated parking space

Contact us by telephone, letter or email and we will send you an application form.

You will need to include copies of your driving licence and vehicle registration documents showing your name and address (proving you are a local resident) when you return the completed form to us.

To qualify, you must hold a valid Blue Badge and:

  • receive the higher rate mobility component of the disability living allowance (if you do not receive a qualifying allowance because you are of retirement age, you will need to supply medical information from your GP or hospital consultant to support your application)
  • drive your own car
  • have no access to private parking, for example you have no garage or driveway
  • prove you are a local resident.

Please note that, in general, disabled passengers will not usually qualify, unless their regular driver is unable to help them from the car (this may be due to the driver's poor health) or if the passenger needs constant attention.

In all cases there must be a severe parking problem outside the home which lasts for the greater part of most days.

What happens next?

We make every effort to deal with applications as quickly as possible. However, putting in a parking space involves consultation with local people and statutory bodies, as well as the production and publication of Traffic Management Orders.

The process will take at least three months.

We will try to site the parking place as near to the relevant address as we can.

However, we must consider:

  • traffic flow
  • the interests of the owners and occupiers of adjoining properties
  • access to premises
  • road safety.