Blue Badge scheme
The Blue Badge Scheme is a national scheme allowing people with severe mobility issues or who may be at risk in traffic to park close to amenities they would otherwise have difficulty accessing. The scheme helps you travel independently, as either a driver or a passenger.
Badge holders can park at on-street parking meters and in pay and display bays for free, on single and double yellow lines (unless there is a ban on loading or unloading), or anywhere a disabled parking sign is displayed.
Transport Scotland is responsible for the legislation setting out the framework for the scheme, and supports the council to administer the scheme and issue Blue Badges to eligible applicants.
- Apply for, or renew, a Blue Badge
- Cost of a Blue Badge
- When will you get your Blue Badge
- Blue Badge application scam
- When your Blue Badge expires
- Lost, stolen or damaged Blue Badges
- Blue Badge online services
- Blue Badge fraud or misuse
- Rights and responsibilities
- Contact us
The scheme is open to eligible people who are disabled or may be at risk in traffic if they are travelling as a driver or a passenger. Using the Blue Badge means that people with the most significant mobility challenges or who may be at risk in traffic are able to maintain or regain a degree of independence with their travel.
Assessment for a Blue Badge relates directly to the eligibility criteria that you have applied under, for example, walking ability, being at risk in traffic, or having a disability in both arms.
A Blue Badge won’t be granted on the basis of age or the need to have a wider space to fully open a car door.
Eligible without further assessment
A badge may be awarded automatically without further assessment, if you, or the person you are applying for, can answer yes to any of these questions:
- Do you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA)?
- Do you receive the mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) at eight points or more in the Moving Around activity, or 12 points in the Planning and Following Journeys activity?
- Do you receive a higher rate mobility component of Child Disability Payment?
- Do you receive the mobility component of Adult Disability Payment and have been awarded 8 points or more in the Moving Around activity, 12 points in the Planning and Following a Journey activity, or Enhanced rate mobility without reference to points?
- Are you registered blind?
- Do you receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility supplement?
- Do you receive an award under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) scheme?
You must provide award letters with your application as proof of your entitlement to benefits.
If you answered no to all of the above questions you may still qualify for a discretionary badge under the further assessment criteria.
Eligible subject to further assessment
Unable to walk or virtually unable to walk
People may be issued with a badge after further assessment if they are aged more than two years old and fall within one or more of the following descriptions:
- They have a permanent and substantial disability which causes the person to be unable to walk, or virtually unable to walk.
- They are unable to walk or are virtually unable to walk by reason of a temporary but substantial disability which is likely to last for a period of at least 12 months, beginning with the date on which the badge is issued.
You may be invited to attend a face-to-face assessment to establish your eligibility.
Children under the age of three years old
Children under the age of three may be eligible for a badge if they fall within either, or both, of the following descriptions:
- A child who, on account of a medical condition, must always be accompanied by medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty.
- A child who, on account of an unstable medical condition, must always be kept near a motor vehicle so that, if necessary, treatment for that condition can be given in the vehicle or the child can be driven quickly in the vehicle to a place where such treatment can be given.
A supporting letter from a healthcare professional is required giving details of the child's medical condition and the equipment (including information on the size and portability) or treatment necessary.
Driver with severe disability in both arms
You may qualify for a badge if you drive a vehicle regularly, have severe disability in both arms, and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter.
An individual will qualify for a Blue Badge under the Risk in Traffic criterion if they are aged 3 years or over, and:
- have a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment
- can provide a letter that confirms this diagnosis
- have no awareness of danger from traffic and be likely to compromise their safety, or the safety of others
Organisational Blue Badge
A Blue Badge may be issued to an organisation that cares for and transports disabled people who would meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for an individual Blue Badge, and has a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the individual Blue Badges of the people they are transporting.
Care is defined as the maintenance or improvement of health via the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, recovery or cure of disease, illness, injury and other physical impairments in people.
Examples of organisations providing care for disabled people include residential care homes, hospices or local authority social services.
You cannot apply online for an organisational badge. Please complete our Organisation Blue Badge application form (PDF 241KB).
You can check your eligibility and apply online for all Blue Badges, except the Risk in Traffic and organisational badges.
Please read through the relevant application form before starting your online application.
- Automatic application form (PDF 290KB) - for applicants who meet the automatic entitlement criteria
- Unable to walk or virtually unable to walk application form (PDF 301KB) - for applicants who meet the further assessment criteria
- Child under three years old application form (PDF 229KB) - for children under 3 who must be kept near a motor vehicle
- Driver with severe disability in both arms application form (PDF 257KB) - for applicants with a severe disability in both arms and unable to operate parking meters
- Risk in Traffic scheme application form (PDF 293KB) - for applicants who have no awareness of danger from traffic
- Organisational application form (PDF 241KB) - for organisations applying for a vehicle used to transport disabled people
You must provide the following when applying for a Blue Badge:
- proof of identity eg birth certificate or passport
- proof of address dated in the last 6 months eg utility bill
- proof of your entitlement to one or more of the following benefits - DLA, AA, PIP, CDP or ADP
- a recent passport-style photograph of the person applying
The onus is on the applicant, or their representative, to provide all relevant information and supporting evidence to demonstrate your eligibility.
It may be helpful if you provide copies of prescriptions or medical letters you may have.
If applying online you can upload documents to support your application during the application process.
If applying by email or post you can provide a copy of documentation by:
- Emailing a digital copy to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Taking your documents to the nearest council office where they will be copied and returned to you, or
- Posting them alongside your application form
We may refuse to issue a badge if you do not provide adequate evidence that you meet the criteria.
There is a charge of £20 for each badge issued in Aberdeenshire. All badges cost the same regardless of how they are issued or the criteria they are granted under.
You are not required to send payment with your application. The charge is requested when a badge is approved for issue.
If you meet the automatic criteria, and have provided all of the information we need to process your application, you should get your badge in ten working days.
If you need more assessment to establish your eligibility it can take approximately twelve weeks to get your badge.
Your badge will be posted to you if your application is approved.
We are aware that there are scam websites offering to help people apply for a Blue Badge.
These websites ask you to complete an application online, with up-front payment, which you may think is being sent to Aberdeenshire Council, but Aberdeenshire Council does not receive the application form or the fee from these websites. Applicants who have used these scam sites have reported that their application does not exist and their money has been lost.
We do not ask for payment up-front. We charge £20 for each successful application.
If you have any doubts about a website or your application contact us for help and advice.
If your application is successful, a Blue Badge can be awarded for a period of up to three years. Aberdeenshire Council does not send reminders when your badge is due to expire, therefore you should take note of the expiry date on your badge and apply for a replacement badge up to 12 weeks before it is due to expire.
Please make sure you apply in plenty of time. Applications can take between 8 and 12 weeks to process, especially if further information is required to support your application, or you are applying under the further assessment criteria.
It is an offence to use an expired badge. All applications are assessed under the current eligibility criteria as provided by Transport Scotland.
If your Blue Badge is lost, stolen or damaged contact us or report it online. Badges can be replaced for a charge of £20. So we can cancel the badge we need to know how it was lost, stolen or damaged.
If you find a Blue Badge please return it, stating where you found it, to:
PO Box 18533
You can also do the following online:
- change or cancel a saved application
- report a lost or stolen badge and get a replacement
- change the details on your badge and order a replacement if your name has changed
Using a stolen or fake Blue Badge, or allowing a family member or friend to use a badge without the badge holder in the vehicle, is fraud. Committing Blue Badge fraud can result in a fine of up to £1,000.
You can find out about your rights and responsibilities as a Blue Badge holder in Transport Scotland's leaflet - The Blue Badge scheme: rights and responsibilities in Scotland. The leaflet also gives useful information about using the Blue Badge in the UK and abroad.
You can also write to us: Aberdeenshire Council, PO Box 18533, Inverurie, AB51 5WX.
If you would like to speak to someone in person about a Blue Badge enquiry, you can visit one of our service points.