The Blue Badge scheme is for people with severe mobility problems which makes them unable or virtually unable to walk or those who are registered blind. It allows Blue Badge holders to park in restricted areas. For example, if you have a blue badge you can park free and for any length of time at on-street pay and display areas.
Blue badges can be issued to adults, children or to organisations providing care. They can be used for badge holders who are drivers or passengers in any vehicle. It is illegal for other people such as friends or relatives to use the badge when the badge holder is not travelling with them.
A Blue Badge is valid for three years and the cost of a Blue Badge is £20.
You can apply online for a blue badge using the following link: Apply for a Blue Badge online
The advantages of applying online:
Alternatively you can download an application form [459kb] to complete. The completed form should be returned to address on the right.
You may qualify for a blue badge if you meet one of the following criteria:
Automatic Criteria (without further assessment)
You will automatically qualify for a blue badge if one of the following applies:
Discretionary Criteria (with further assessment)
You may be eligible for a Blue Badge if you meet one of the following criteria. Please note that you will be assessed by Glasgow City Council to establish eligibility and may have to attend an Independent Mobility Assessment.
Mental Disorder / Cognitive Impairment
People with a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment which means they have little or no awareness of danger from traffic may be considered for a Blue Badge. At present you can't apply online under mental disorder/cognitive impairment criteria, because you need to send in supporting information in writing. You can download an Application Form [265kb] form to complete.
Criteria for Blue Badges for Organisations
Some organisations may be eligible for a Blue Badge:
All completed forms and any relevant documents should be returned to address on the right.
If you are in receipt of a DS1500 you should contact the McMillan Long Term Conditions Benefit Team and Improving the Cancer Journey. Their details are as follows:
McMillan Long Term Conditions Benefit Team: phone 0141 287 5901 www.glasgow.gov.uk/LTC
McMillan Improving the Cancer Journey: phone 0141 287 7077 www.glasgow.gov.uk/ICJ
The application form will detail what information you are required to submit depending on your individual circumstances. Please do not send original documents as we are unable to return these to you. Please note that failure to send in the correct documents may result in a delay in processing your Blue Badge Application.
Proof of Identity is required. This can be either:
Proof of Address is required. You can provide:
Evidence of your condition. You need to either
You will also need to provide the following:
If your application is refused and you disagree with the decision you can ask us to reconsider your application. You must do this within 20 working days of the date from your refusal letter.
Please email or write to the Blue Badge Administration Team at the address on the right, you will need to provide reasons why you think the decision should be reviewed and include any relevant information about your disability, medical conditions or walking ability that you think should be considered.
We will write to you to inform you of the outcome of the review and this will be the final decision on your application.
If your blue badge is lost or stolen you must contact your local police station and report it. They will provide you with a police incident reference number.
To request a replacement badge please email or write to the Blue Badge Administration Team at the address on the right advising us of the reason for the request, you must provide the following information:
You should return your badge if it is no longer required - this is to stop it being used illegally.
Please return the badge to us if:
You should return the badge in a sealed envelope to the address on the right.
You should tell us of any changes as soon as possible so that your details can be kept up-to-date and accurate.
If you change your address, the form will ask you for the name of the local authority who issued your badge. If you are moving from Glasgow to another local authority area, we will receive your notification and arrange for your details to be transferred to your new local authority.
If you are moving to Glasgow to another local authority, please contact the local authority directly for advice.
Any changes should be made in writing or emailed to contact details on the right.
If in doubt about where to park at any time, you should check with the local authority.
Remember, the blue badge must be displayed at all times when parking.
The badge belongs to you, and not to the vehicle you are travelling in. You will therefore only be issued with one badge.
As long as the journey is being made for you, and you are in the car with your badge, you can travel in any car.
The majority of blue badges are issued for a three year period. However the regulations provide for certain exceptions which are detailed below:-
Misuse of a Blue Badge is a serious offence, If you misue your badge or allow others to misuse your badge, your badge will be withdrawn.
In Scotland, police, traffic wardens and local authority car parking attendants have the power to inspect blue badges. These people should produce an identity card with a photo on it to prove who they say they are.
Blue Badges should only be used by the registered badge holder or for their benefit. Please remember your blue badge should be displayed at all times when parking. Your Blue Badge can only be used if:
Badge holders must not allow other people to use the badge for their own journeys. Allowing someone else to use a badge is a criminal offence. To reduce the risk of this happening accidentally, the badge should be removed from the vehicle whenever the parking concessions are not in use.
Badge holders must ensure that the details on the front of the badge remain readable. If it becomes unreadable, the badge must be returned to the local authority for re-issue.
Any other circumstances are a criminal offence and you may be liable for a fine of up to £1000