Blue Badge parking permits
Information about the Blue Badge scheme
The aim of the Blue Badge scheme is to help disabled people with severe mobility problems to access goods and services, by allowing them to park close to their destination. The blue badge can be used in any vehicle in which the holder is travelling; the holder does not have to be the driver.
Blue Badges can only be issued to a person who has permanent and substantial disabilities which affect mobility. Blue Badges cannot be issued on a temporary basis.
Each Local Authority is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the scheme. Please note that a badge holder can be prosecuted and fined (up to £1,000) and / or have the badge withdrawn if they use is incorrectly or allow someone else to misuse it.
Expired and/or deceased badges must be returned to the London Borough of Barnet.
For more information on your rights and responsibilities, and how to use your Blue Badge read The Blue Badge Scheme: rights and responsibilities in England.
It is the badge holder's responsibility to reapply for a badge before expiry. Please allow up to 8 weeks for us to process your application.
Qualifying for a Blue Badge
- receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or
- receive the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) because you meet a descriptor from the 'moving around' activity with a score of 8 or more points, in which case the expiry date of the badge will be linked to the end date of the benefit if this is less than three years or
- are registered blind or
- receive a War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement (WPMS) or
- have been 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 the inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
You may be eligible for a Blue Badge subject to further assessment if you:
- drive a vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter.
- have a permanent and substantial disability that causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.
A child will automatically qualify for a Blue Badge without further assessment if they are aged two years or more and:
- Receive disability living allowance (DLA) at the higher rate of the mobility component.
- Are registered as blind (severely sight impaired)
Children under the age of three may be eligible for a blue badge following further assessment if they fall into either or both of the following descriptions:
- on account of a condition must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without difficulty and/or
- on account of a medical condition, must always be near a vehicle at all times, so that if necessary, treatment for that condition can be treated in the vehicle or be quickly driven to a place where they can be treated
A badge may be issued to organisations that care for and transport disabled people who would meet the eligibility criteria for a blue badge if they applied individually.
Organisational badges will therefore only be issued to an organisation which both:
- cares for and transports disabled people who would meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for an individual Blue Badge
- has a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the personal Blue Badges of people it is transporting.
In all circumstances, badges will be supplied to organisations or departments (for example, a social services department) rather than to individual staff members.
All employees of the organisation who will be using the badge should be reminded that they must only use the badge for the purposes of transporting disabled people in their care who meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for a badge. If they use the badge to take advantage of the concessions when there are no passengers in the vehicle who are eligible for a badge they will face a fine of up to £1,000.
How to apply for a blue badge
Applying online is the quickest and most convenient way for you to apply for a blue badge.
You may request an application form by phoning the Assisted Travel team on 020 8359 4131. Completed application forms are to be sent to:
Blue Badges, PO Box 49065, Assisted Travel Section, Barnet Council, London, N11 1UZ.
If your application is successful you will be contacted by the Assisted Travel team to inform you of the next steps.
If successful we will require proof of identity along with a passport sized photograph with your name on the reverse. These items will need to be posted to upon request. Please note that we will validate your address details ourselves providing you have consented to the local authority checking any information already held by its departments, for example Housing Benefit and Council Tax.
Each successful Blue Badge Applicant (those who are awarded a badge) will be subject to a £10.00 administration charge. This must be paid before the badge is issued. Please allow a week for your identity and address documents to be uploaded to the Assisted Travel Team. You may then call the Assisted Travel team to make the £10.00 administration payment.
Once we have taken your payment your Blue Badge will be ordered. All Blue Badges are now administrated centrally and outside of the London Borough of Barnet, please allow up to 10 days from the date of your payment for your badge to arrive.
- park for up to three hours on a yellow line waiting restriction (single or double - the restriction is the same, but double lines apply 24-hours a day). The accompanying clock must be displayed and the correct time of arrival set
- park for unlimited periods at Pay-by-Phone parking places, unless signage specifies a maximum stay
- park at disabled badge holder parking places, either for an unlimited time, or for the time shown on nearby signs
- In addition Barnet (and some other authorities) allow parking for an unlimited time in permit parking places.
- The Department for Transport's website has more information on the Blue Badge scheme including using and displaying the badge.
Badges are issued to a person, not a vehicle. Badges can be used by a driver or a passenger. Misuse of a badge is an offence.
How to use the badge and clock
The badge and clock must be displayed for the concessions to apply. Disability parking concessions do not apply simply because of the vehicle excise duty (tax disc) classification, or because the driver is a badge holder. If the badge and clock are not displayed a vehicle may be issued with a penalty charge notice for contravening a restriction.
Designated Disabled parking bays for residents
In some streets parking congestion means it is difficult for people to park close to their homes. In these circumstances, for a resident who is a London Borough of Barnet blue badge holder, we will consider an application for a "designated disabled badge holder only" parking place to be provided close to the resident's home.
The applicant must be a resident of the borough, a London Borough of Barnet blue badge holder and the vehicle owner or must be the keeper and user of a vehicle at the same address as the badge holder when the badge holder relies on that person to assist them as a passenger of their vehicle.
We will only consider providing a designated disabled parking place where there is proven difficulty in parking and no suitable alternative off-street parking is available.
Lost, stolen or replacement Blue Badges
- first report it to the police, who'll give you a crime or lost property number
- then contact us for a replacement form by telephone, email or by completing an enquiry form on line
- you will be asked to produce your photo for your replacement badge alongside your crime reference number property sheet to one of the Council's Customer Access Points which are situated at Burnt Oak Library or Barnet House. These documents must be presented by the applicant in person.