Blue Badge disabled parking

How to apply for a Blue Badge and check Government eligibility criteria, and how to renew or replace your badge or have someone else apply on your behalf.

COVID-19 update (27 April 2021).

Our current processing times, once all required documentation has been received, is between 6 to 8 weeks. This time scale may be longer if you are asked to attend an Independent Mobility Assessment.

If your badge has already expired or is due to expire within the next 12 weeks, we strongly encourage you to start the reapplication process as soon as you can if you haven’t already done so.

If you continue to display an expired badge after the badge has expired, you may receive a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) or other enforcement action.


Before you apply

The cost of the Blue Badge is £10 to be paid when you apply.

If you are not able to make the payment at the time you submit your application you can pay using our automated telephone payment service by phoning 0800 090 2911 which is available 24 hours a day. You'll need the unique Blue Badge payment reference number which will be provided to you by email or letter.

You can apply online for you or someone else on the GOV.UK website. Watch a guide on how to apply for a blue badge on YouTube.

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge (GOV.UK)

Before you start

All applicants are required to complete a full application each time they apply.

When to renew a badge

The earliest time you can re-apply for a Blue Badge is 12 weeks before your existing badge expires.

If you apply outside of this time frame, our system will automatically cancel your application and any payment made will automatically be refunded. You will then need to submit another application when the expiry date falls within the 12 week time frame.

For Renewal applicants you’ll need:

  • details of your current Blue Badge (All expired badges should be returned to us. New ones must not be displayed until they are in date, as you could be fined).
  • proof of your address or identity - but only if this has changed since your previous badge was issued. • your National Insurance number
  • photo – if the photograph on your current Blue Badge remains a true likeness of you, we can re-use this.
  • proof of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – this is no longer required as we are now able to verify your DLA award directly from the DWP database. You will therefore no longer need to submit/upload these unless we ask you to. (This may be because we are unable to verify.)
  • proof of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – this is no longer required as We are now able to verify your PIP award directly from the DWP database. You will no longer need to upload/submit these unless we ask you to. (This may be because we are unable to verify.)

Renewal applicants who are not applying under the Automatic criteria, will also need to tell us if you:

  • use any mobility aids
  • take any medication for your condition – provide a copy of your recent prescription list
  • have had any treatments for your condition since your previous badge was issued and the names of the healthcare professionals that have treated you

If we need to request further medical evidence to support your application we will contact you.

For new applicants you’ll need documents to support your application. (Next section on this page).

Contact us

If you require any further assistance with your Blue Badge application you can:

Find out what documents that you need to apply for a Blue Badge.

Cannot upload documents

If you are not able to upload your documents or photograph, you can:

  1. bypass the sections of the form when it asks you to upload by selecting 'I cannot scan or upload
  2. then select ‘continue without uploading

Contact us

If you require any further assistance with your Blue Badge application you can:

Once payment and all evidence needed to support your application have been received, it can take up to 6 weeks to issue your badge. If you do not hear anything during this time, it's because we're dealing with your application.

If we need any more information from you, we'll contact you.

As part of the application, you may be asked to attend an Independent Mobility Assessment. This will look at how you go about daily activities, to see if you are able to get a Blue Badge. If one is needed, you will be notified by letter or email offering an appointment date.

Contact us

If you require any further assistance with your Blue Badge application you can:

Please post expired badges to:

Blue Badge Team
Suffolk County Council
PO Box 258
Stowmarket
IP14 9BU

You can hand in badges at:

  • Bury St Edmunds Registration Office, 7 Angel Hill 
  • Ipswich Register Office, St Peter House, 16 Grimwade Street

A Blue Badge holder has died

If a Blue Badge needs to be returned because the holder had died, please let us know as soon as possible.

Report the death of a Blue Badge holder

Contact us

If you require any further assistance with your Blue Badge application you can:

Reporting a badge lost or stolen

Contact us as soon as possible if your badge is lost or stolen by completing our online form

If your badge is found after you have reported it lost or stolen, it can no longer be used and should be posted to the Blue Badge Team:

Blue Badge Team
Suffolk County Council
PO Box 258
Stowmarket
IP14 9BU 

A replacement badge will be considered once we have validated details of your old one. We do not accept responsibility for any expenses you may incur as a result of not having your badge for a period of time. The decision to issue or refuse a replacement Blue Badge rests with us. 

We work closely with other local authorities and parking services to reduce Blue Badge misuse. Old badge details will be passed to parking enforcement teams, who have access to a central database and may wish to make further enquiries.

Suffolk County Council is committed to protecting your privacy and will treat your personal data in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and subsequent, revised UK data protection law. Read our Blue Badge privacy notice for more information.

Changing the badge details 

Let us know if you have moved address or changed your name using our online form.

Contact us

If you require any further assistance with your Blue Badge application you can:

Your appeal must include new information from a Health Care Professional detailing your condition/s and how this/these impact your mobility. Please send us your reasons in writing within 1 calendar month of the date of your refusal letter with 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).

Contact us

If you require any further assistance with your Blue Badge application you can:

Blue Badge scheme rules

See guidance about your rights and responsibilities as a Blue Badge holder

Disabled spaces in the UK

Parkopedia, lists all the car parks in the UK, letting you check before you travel if there are parking areas for disabled people.

Using your Blue Badge in Europe and other countries 

You should always check if you are able to use your Blue Badge in the country you are visiting before travelling.  

Using your non-European Blue Badge in the UK 

We recommend that you contact the parking enforcement teams of the district and borough councils in the areas you will be visiting. They will be able to tell you if you can use the badge in the areas they are responsible for.

Contact us

If you require any further assistance with your Blue Badge application you can:

If you require any further assistance with your Blue Badge application you can: