Apply for a Blue Badge parking permit

Details of the criteria that you must meet to be eligible for a Blue Badge, as well as what documents you will need to provide if you're a new applicant.

Some people automatically qualify for a Blue Badge and others may qualify under our discretionary entitlement criteria, if their mobility impairment is severe enough.

Our criteria ensures that only those who really need a badge get one.

We do not issue badges for temporary disabilities/conditions or for those whose sole condition is of a mental health nature or who have learning difficulties.

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

Applying online

The quickest, easiest and most secure way to apply for a Blue Badge is online at GOV.UK.

Click the green Start button below to being the online application process.

If you apply online please ensure you:

  • regularly save your application
  • make a note of your tracking reference number (using the upper and lower case letters)

This is to ensure you can go back and access your information at any point. Due to security reasons the online system will lock you out after 30 minutes.

Please note that all submitted applications are removed the night after they are submitted. Applications not submitted are removed automatically after 14 days without any further notification to the applicant.

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Automatic entitlement criteria

You are automatically eligible for a Blue Badge if you meet 1 of the following conditions:

  • You receive the Personal Independence Payment Mobility Component and your “moving around” score is 8 points or more
  • You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (Attendance Allowance and Personal Carer’s Allowance do not form part of our automatic entitlement criteria)
  • You are registered severely sight impaired
  • You receive the War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement
  • You have received a lump sum benefit under the Armed Forces (Compensation) Scheme within tariff levels 1-8 (inclusive), and been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes an inability or very considerable difficulty to walk

Special rules

We have special rules for people who are terminally ill (this means people who have a progressive disease and are not expected to live for more than 6 months).

Your application will need to be supported by a specialist nurse or consultant; this could be in the form of a previously issued letter or a copy of your DS1500 (if issued).

Discretionary entitlement criteria

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

  • are unable to walk or have a physical disability that means you are unable to walk very far without experiencing severe discomfort and or breathlessness
  • drive a motor vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms, and are unable to operate all or some types of parking meter.

Children under 3

A parent of a child under 3 years of age may apply for a badge if the child has a specific medical condition which means that at least one of the following applies:

  • They must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which can't be carried around easily
  • They need to be kept 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

You may be asked to attend an Independent Mobility 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.

As a new applicant you will need to provide: 

  • Proof of identity – photocopy of your Birth/Marriage/Divorce/Adoption certificate, Passport, valid Driving Licence, Civil Partnership/Dissolution certificate.
  • Proof of address – photocopy of a council tax or utility bill, other letter (i.e. from NHS / Medical Practice) or prescription list in the applicant’s name (dated in the last 12 months).
  • A passport style colour photograph (taken in the last 12 months) with your name clearly printed on the back
  • The relevant evidence to support an automatic entitlement application:
    • photocopy of Certificate of Vision Impairment
    • Personal Independence Payment (PIP) award letter which shows the ‘moving around’ descriptor under the ‘mobility component’ section confirming you receive 8 points or more (this letter must be dated within the last 12 months)
    • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance award letter (not Attendance Allowance or Personal Carer’s Allowance)
    • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement award letter
    • Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme within tariff levels 1-8 (inclusive) award lette

The easiest way to provide these is to send us scanned copies via email to bluebadgeteam@suffolk.gov.uk.

There is a £10 charge for a Blue Badge. We will ask for this payment if your application is successful - so please do not send any payment with your evidence.

Providing an email address

Including an email address can save us time when processing your application.

If you, or the person applying on your behalf, are able to provide an email address we will use this to contact you if we require any more information to speed up the decision process regarding your badge.

We will also use this to let applicants know if their application has been successful, and request payment for the badge.

Once we have received it we will begin processing your application.

Please be aware that takes us 6 weeks to to process online applications, and 10 weeks for postal applications.

If you don't hear from us during these time frames it's because we're still dealing with your application, even if you've sent us payment.

If we need any more information from you regarding your application we'll contact you - you do not need to contact us.

Alternatively to applying online, you can also apply by post.

Download, print and complete this form and return it to us using the following contact details:

Blue Badge Team
PO Box 258
Stowmarket
Suffolk
IP14 9BU

If you apply by post, please ensure the correct postage has been paid on any documents you send us. If there is insufficient postage paid, the Post Office will not deliver your information to us.

When applying by post you will also need to send documentation and (if successful) payment.

For further details of what you need to send us, please read the information under What you need to provide as a new applicant.

How long will my paper application take?

Your paper application will take 10 weeks to process.

If you have not heard from us within this time frame it means that we're still processing your application. 

If we need any more information from you regarding your application, we'll contact you - you do not need to contact us.

  • Department for Work and Pensions -  08457 123456
  • Service Personnel and Veterans Agency - 0800 169 2277