Parking permits - Blue Badge scheme

The Blue Badge scheme provides a range of parking concessions to help disabled people travel independently, by allowing them to park close to their destination.

On this page you will find information on the Blue Badge scheme, including:

  • if you are entitled to a Blue Badge
  • how to apply for or renew a Blue Badge
  • what to do if your Blue Badge is lost or stolen

Do I qualify for a Blue Badge?

Please note:

  • The rules about eligibility for a Blue Badge have changed - even if you have been issued with a badge in the past this does not mean you will be automatically entitled to another one.
  • Currently there is no renewals process - all renewals are treated and should be carried out as new applications.
  • Badges are not issued for temporary disabilities/conditions, or for someone with mental health or learning difficulties.

Some people automatically qualify for a badge. Others may qualify following an assessment to see if their mobility impairment is severe enough.

This is to ensure that only those who need a badge get one.

Read the following information to find out whether you are eligible for a badge.

Automatic entitlement criteria

You are automatically entitled to a Blue Badge if you meet at least one of following:

  • receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • receive Personal Independent Payment - the moving around element with 8 points or more of the mobility component
  • are severely sight impaired/blind
  • receive a War Pensioner Mobility Supplement
  • have been awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1 to 8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and are certified as having a permanent disability which causes inability or considerable difficulty walking

Discretionary entitlement criteria

You may be eligible for a badge if you have a permanent and substantial disability and you:

  • cannot walk or have considerable difficulty walking
  • have a severe disability in both arms to the extent that you are unable to use a parking meter

 

Please note:

You may be asked to attend an Independent Medical Assessment to support your application which could extend the time taken to process your badge.

If this is the case, you will be notified by letter offering an appointment date.

 

Special rules for children under three

A parent or child under three years of age may apply for a badge if the child has a specific medical condition which means that they:

  • must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which can't be carried around easily
  • need to be near a vehicle at all times - so that, if necessary, they can be treated in the vehicle, or quickly driven to a place where they can be treated

How do I apply for/renew a Blue Badge?

You can apply for a Blue Badge yourself, or on behalf on someone else if you or they are a resident in Suffolk.

The quickest and easiest way to apply or renew a Blue Badge is online at GOV.UK.

 

What do I need to complete an online application?

Before you apply online:

Check that you qualify for a Blue Badge by reading the various specifications above.

Make sure you have the following available:

  • National Insurance number
  • Driving licence number
  • Details of your current badge (if you have one)
  • Details of any medication you are taking
  • A colour passport photograph, which must be no more than 3 months old (you can upload this online or send it separately via post)
  • A cheque or postal order for £10 made payable to Suffolk County Council (post to the address at the bottom of this page)

Please note:

There is currently no payment process available online.

To pay for your badge send a cheque or postal order for £10 made payable to Suffolk County Council quoting the reference number which you will get at the end of the online application process.

If you are terminally ill and have a life expectancy of less than six months you do not need to send a photograph or pay the £10 fee. 

 

What do I need to complete a postal application?

You can download and print out the apply for a Blue Badge form which is to be completed and returned to us (contact details can be found at the bottom of this page).

You will need to enclose the following documents along with your completed application form and copies of your supporting documents:

  • A recent colour passport-sized photograph with your name on the back.
    The photograph must be no more than 3 months old.

 

  • A cheque or postal order for £10 made payable to Suffolk County Council.
    You must obtain a receipt for this at it will be required as proof of purchase for you to get a refund from the post office if your application is unsuccessful.

Please note:

If you are terminally ill and have a life expectancy of less than six months you do not need to send a photograph or pay the £10 fee.

How long will it take?

Online applications

Provided we have received the necessary information with a fully completed application, you should receive a decision from us in approximately 2 weeks.

If you are applying for a Blue Badge because your existing badge is expiring, please submit your fully completed online application at least 4 weeks before your existing Blue Badge is due to expire.

Postal applications

Provided we have received the necessary information with a fully completed application, you should receive a decision from us in 4 to 6 weeks.

If you are applying for a Blue Badge because your current badge is expiring, please send your fully completed application to us up to 10 weeks prior to your badge expiring. 

 

Appeals

If you would like to us to reconsider, please send us your reasons in writing within one calendar month of receiving our letter.

Please include any additional supporting information.

The application will be reviewed and we may ask you to attend an appointment with our independent mobility assessor - if we have not done so already.

 

When renewing my Blue Badge can I re-use my existing photo?

No, the photo you provide must be no more than three months old.

 

What should I do if my Blue Badge has been stolen, lost, defaced or faded?

You can report a lost or stolen badge through the GOV.UK website.

Alternatively, you can download, complete and return a replacement declaration form (PDF, 30 KB) or get one from Customer First.

Please also provide a new photograph and another cheque for £10 made payable to Suffolk County Council.

You will need to provide a lost or stolen property reference number from the police.

 

The badge holder recently died. What should I do with their Blue Badge?

Please cut the badge in half and return it to the Blue Badge Team by post along with the date of death.

 

How do I notify you of a change of address, name or other details?

Please notify us of a change of address via post or email.

Please notify us of a change of name by completing and returning a replacement declaration form (PDF, 30 KB) with a new photograph and evidence of your name change, for example a marriage, divorce or deed poll certificate.

Please note as this requires a new badge to be printed there will be a charge of £10. This can be paid by cheque or postal order to Suffolk County Council.

The new badge will be issued until the expiry date of the old badge.

 

Contact us

The Blue Badge Team's contact details are:

 

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