The Blue Badge Scheme is designed to help and improve parking accessibility for people with disabilities and non visible conditions.
On 3 April 2020 the Department for Transport announced that local authority parking teams should not issue Penalty Charge Notices for Blue Badges with an expiry date of 1 January 2020 onwards. This should continue initially until 30 September 2020, and only applies to local authority parking not private car parks such as hospitals, shopping centres and supermarkets.
Please note: due to implications of the coronavirus (COVID-19) there may be delays to the processing of Blue Badge enquiries, applications, reviews and appeals. You can apply for your Blue Badge online using the link below - please allow extra time for your application, review or appeal to be processed. We thank you for your patience at this time.
Who can have a blue badge?
You will be awarded a blue badge without the need for further assessment if you meet any of the following criteria and can provide proof:
- You are registered as Blind (severely sight Impaired).
- You will need to supply a copy of your Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI), if you are registered with Doncaster Council you do not need to provide this proof.
- You receive the Higher Rate Mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance.
- You need to supply a copy of your letter of entitlement dated within the last 12 months showing your name and address, if you don’t have this letter or it is out of date, please contact the Department for Wok and Pensions on 0800 121 4600 to request a replacement.
- You receive Personal Independence Payments and have been awarded 8 points or more in the Moving Around category.
- Personal Independence Payment, in the Planning and Following a Journey component, and have been specifically awarded 10 points under descriptor of cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress.
- You need to supply a copy of your letter of entitlement dated within the last 12 months showing your name, address, end date of your benefit and your moving around score. If you don’t have this letter or it is out of date, please contact the Department for Work & Pensions on 0800 121 4433 to request a replacement.
- You receive a war Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement.
- You need to supply a copy of your letter from the Service Personnel Veterans Agency (SPVA) or Veterans UK. If you do not have this letter, please call 08081 914 218 to request a replacement.
- You receive a lump sum benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserved Forces (Compensation) Scheme within tariff levels 1-8 and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability that causes inability, or considerable difficulty, to walk.
- You need to supply a copy of your award letter from the SPVA or Veterans UK. If you do not have this letter, please call them on 08081 914 218 to request a replacement.
For more details on the non visible criteria, information can be found at using the following gov.uk website page: Blue Badge can I get one
You may still apply for blue badge if you do not meet any of the above. You can apply under the following criteria if:
- You have a permanent and substantial disability that causes inability, or considerable difficulty, walking.
- You will need to supply medical evidence to support your application, i.e. a patient summary from your GP Practice or recent consultant letters.
- You drive a vehicle regularly and have a severe disability in both arms, causing difficulty or inability in operating some parking meters.
- You will need to supply signed evidence from your GP or consultant stating that this is correct, or a copy of your insurance details if you drive a specially adapted vehicle, and a copy of your driving licence.
- You have a child under three-years-old who must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment that cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty.
- You have a child under three-years-old, who on account of a condition, must always be kept near a motor vehicle so the child can be taken quickly to a place where treatment can be given.
- You will need to provide a letter from a health care professional that has been involved in your child’s treatment, giving details of the medical condition and the type of medical equipment they need.
When your application has been assessed you may be invited to attend an In Person Assessment (IPA) with an Occupational Therapist. This is to assess your mobility not your general health, to ensure you meet the criteria set out by the Department for Transport.
How to apply or renew a blue badge
If you believe that you may qualify for a blue badge, please use the following online application link: You will be required to make a £10.00 payment which will be refunded if your application is unsuccessful.
- In Person: The One Stop Shop, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisations whose responsibility includes the care and transportation of disabled people who would themselves meet the eligibility criteria can apply for an organisational blue badge by contacting Customer Services.
Lost, stolen or damaged Blue Badge
If your blue badge is lost, stolen or damaged, please contact Customer Services to obtain a replacement badge at a cost of £10.
Misuse of a blue badge
What is seen as misuse of a blue badge?
It is a criminal offence for non-disabled people to use a blue badge. If they do so, they are liable to a fine of up to £1000.
It is also a criminal offence to:
- drive a vehicle displaying a blue badge unless the badge holder is in the vehicle
- allow someone other than the badge holder to drive a vehicle for the purpose of entering a 'blue badge space' in order to pick up or drop off the holder
How do I report misuse of a blue badge?
If you wish to report an incident of misuse, you should if possible obtain as many details as possible from the badge on display, such as the serial number, issuing council and expiry date.