Disabled (blue badge) parking

The Blue Badge Scheme provides is a national arrangement of parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems. This helps access goods and services, by allowing parking closer to a destination. The scheme is open to eligible disabled people, irrespective of whether they are travelling as a driver or as a passenger.

For more information, see:

Applying for a blue badge

You can apply online at GOV.UK: Apply for or renew a blue badge .

When applying, it is useful to have your:

  • National Insurance number;
  • Vehicle Registration number (if applicable); and
  • Drivers Licence number (if applicable).
If you know someone who would like to apply for a Blue Badge, but does not have access to a computer, they can go to Brighouse Customer First , Halifax Customer First , Todmorden Customer First . You can also go to Your local library and use a computer there.

Qualifying criteria

You may qualify automatically if you:

  • are in receipt of Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance; or
  • are registered blind; or
  • receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement; or
  • have been both awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking; or
  • are in receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) under the ‘Moving Around’ category, have been awarded eight points or more and your condition is likely to last for at least 12 months.

Note: Documentary evidence is required.

You may also qualify if you:

  • have a permanent and substantial disability that causes an inability to walk, or very considerable difficulty in walking; or
  • 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).

You will not qualify if you:

  • have a psychological disorder, learning or behavioural problems. This will not normally qualify you unless your impairment causes very considerable and not intermittent, difficulty in walking; or
  • have a disabling condition that is only temporary, such as a broken leg.


Organisations that care for and transport a significant number of disabled people, who meet the individual Blue Badge criteria, can be eligible for a Blue Badge.

Child under three years of age

A parent may apply for a badge for a child under three who has a specific medical condition, if they:

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

An assessment by the Council’s Mobility Assessor may be required if you do not automatically qualify for a badge.

When your application has been received

When your application has been received the Council’s Blue Badge team will contact you to advise what will happen next.

If the Council is unable to validate your eligibility for a Blue Badge through its own records. These are the Electoral Register, Housing Benefit or Council Tax systems, you will be contacted and asked to supply appropriate evidence. For example:

  • proof of address eg. letter from the Pensions Service, valid Driving Licence etc;
  • proof of identity eg. birth certificate, Passport etc; or
  • or other additional information, such as an award letter for Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance or a Certificate of Vision Impairment signed by a consultant ophthalmologist.

Organisations applying for a Blue Badge will be required to provide the following evidence:

  • V5 document showing vehicles licensed under the DPV (disability) taxation class; or
  • A signed declaration on the organisation’s letter-headed paper. The declaration needs to say that they are an organisation concerned with the care of disabled people and that they will be using the vehicle solely for the purpose of transporting those people. This should be signed by a Board Member or Trustee of the organisation.

A £10 application fee is payable for all successful applications. If you are unsuccessful, you will receive a letter explaining why and outlining your right to appeal.

Applications can take 4 - 6 weeks to be assessed.

Lost or stolen badges

You should report this online and request a replacement: Apply for or renew a blue badge .

Replacement badges will be issued from Halifax Customer First within 14 days of your request. A £5.00 fee is payable.

Fraud or misuse

Under the terms of the Blue Badge scheme, a Blue Badge can only be used in a vehicle when it is being used to transport the Blue Badge holder. Under no circumstances should someone other than the badge holder be claiming the Blue Badge concessions. Therefore, they must never give the badge to anyone else to use if the badge holder does no intend to travel, even if they are a friend or family member. This includes friends or relatives collecting items such as prescriptions on the badge holder's behalf.

Misuse of the badge by someone who is not disabled is an offence under Section 117 of the Road Traffic Act . The maximum fine on conviction is £1,000. This applies in addition to whatever penalty may be imposed for any parking offence.

Blue Badge fraud is on the increase and undermines the integrity of the scheme. On 17th February 2016, Calderdale Council approved a policy that details how we will deal with Fraud and Misuse, see: PDFBlue badge enforcement policy [PDF 166KB]

If you suspect that a Blue Badge is being used illegally, we would encourage you to report this. Use this form: PDFReport misuse of a blue badge [PDF 147KB]

All personal information with be dealt with in strict confidence.