Apply for or renew a blue badge

Eligibility

Can I apply for a Blue Badge even if I don't drive?

Yes

Can I apply for more than one Blue Badge?

No. Department of Transport legislation allows only one badge to be issued per person for personal use.

Can I have a temporary Blue Badge?

No. People with a temporary disability (such as a broken leg) will not qualify for a badge. 

Can wheelchair users from the USA, Canada or Australia have a temporary Blue Badge?

We do not issue temporary badges, but we do allow the use of non-European Union Blue Badges within the city. 

Can I have a Blue Badge for my baby?  

You may apply for a Blue Badge for your child, if they are under three years old and have a specific medical condition where:

  • they must always be accompanied by big or heavy medical equipment which is carried around with great difficulty
  • they need to be kept near a vehicle at all times for treatment or, if necessary, to be driven somewhere for treatment, such as a hospital

Automatic eligibility

I am registered partially sighted - will I automatically qualify for a Blue Badge?

No. Being registered as partially sighted does not automatically qualify you for a Blue Badge - only a severe sight impairment or being registered blind automatically entitles.

I receive the higher rate of Attendance Allowance - will I automatically qualify for a Blue Badge?

No. Only the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance grants automatic entitlement.

I receive a War Pension - will I automatically qualify for a Blue Badge?

The government has agreed to provide automatic Blue Badge entitlement to service personnel and veterans who have been both:

  • assessed and certified by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk (or very considerable difficulty in walking)


Applicants will be required to provide a letter from the SPVA confirming that they:

 

I do not meet the automatic qualification criteria - can I still apply for a Blue Badge?

Yes. We will contact you to arrange for you to attend an Independent Mobility Assessment (IMA). It would take place at the Frank Sorrell Centre in Prince Albert Road, Southsea.

The IMA provides evidence about the extent of your disability and how it affects your mobility. This helps us to assess your application.

New applications and renewals

My Blue Badge is due to expire - how do I get a new one?

We will automatically send a renewal application form to you around six weeks before your badge is due to expire. If you haven't received a renewal application form two weeks before your badge is due to expire, please contact us.

What types of photograph do you accept on the application?

Passport photographs are ideal. We can accept other photographs as long as they are a similar standard to images taken in a photo booth. We cannot accept full face photos if they are 6 x 4 inches. Photos must be colour, and not include other people in the background.

I receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance - do I need to send the original documents to prove it?

Yes. Any documents sent in as proof of entitlement will be returned as quickly as possible, once they are no longer needed.

Can I sign the application form on behalf of a friend or family member?

Yes. A designated member of the family or friend can sign the application form on behalf of the applicant.

How long will it take to process my application?

We will do our best to deal with your application as quickly as possible. However, due to the high number of applications received and the work required to process them, please allow up to 6 weeks.

I have been diagnosed with a terminal illness - can my application be processed in less than 6 weeks?

We can fast-track applications for applicants with a terminal illness. If you are applying for a Blue Badge under this criteria, please provide a letter confirming your diagnosis from either:

  • your GP,
  • your specialist, or
  • your Macmillan nurse.


Once we have received the completed application form, we will aim to order a Blue Badge within 48 hours. We should receive it within five working days of the order.

My application has been refused - can I appeal against the decision?

Yes. In special circumstances, the parking management team may consider applications that weren't accepted.

If you wish to be considered as a special case, please write to us explaining the reasons for your appeal.

Using your Blue Badge

Where can I use my Blue Badge in Portsmouth?

When you receive a Blue Badge, you will also receive a 'Rights and responsibilities' booklet, which includes a list of concessions.

Blue badge holders may park free of charge for an unlimited amount of time in most Portsmouth City Council-run car parks and on-street pay and display areas. The Blue Badge must be clearly displayed in the vehicle.

All council-run car parks and pay and display meters will have signs advising if parking is free for badge holders .

Some car parks within the city are not run by the council and do not provide free parking for Blue Badge holders.

Blue Badge holders can also park within resident parking schemes in the city exempt of any limited wait restrictions.  

Can I use my Blue Badge when I go to Europe and other countries?

The Blue Badge is valid throughout the European Union. It can be used for parking concessions in other EU countries, as detailed in the 'Rights and responsibilities' booklet issued with your Blue Badge.

There is currently no arrangement to use Blue Badges outside of the European Union (such as in the US, Canada, or Australia).

Changes in circumstances

I have changed my address - do I need to inform you?

Yes. If you change your address please inform us as soon as possible. If you don't, we may send something such as a renewal form to the wrong address.

The badge holder has passed away - what should I do with their Blue Badge?

Please return it to us - we do not need a letter, but we do need to note the date of death to amend the records. You may keep the photograph.

Report an issue with a Blue Badge

My Blue Badge has faded or is damaged - what should I do?

If the details on your badge become faded, please contact us - you should check your badge regularly to ensure that all details are still legible.

If your badge becomes damaged, please contact us and we will arrange for an application for a duplicate badge to be sent to you.

You will need to return the damaged badge to receive a replacement.

I've lost my Blue Badge - what should I do?

Please contact us - we will arrange for you to receive an application form for a duplicate badge.

You will need to complete the Lost Blue Badge Report form that comes with the duplicate badge application and enclose it.

My Blue Badge has been stolen - what should I do?

Please contact us - we will arrange for you to receive an application form for a duplicate badge.

You will need to report the theft to the Police and get a crime reference number, which you must enclose with your application.

How do I report Blue Badge misuse?

If you suspect misuse of a badge please contact us and provide as much information as possible, such as:

  • the Blue Badge serial number and expiry date,
  • details of the vehicle in which the badge is being displayed
  • the location of the vehicle.


It is important to us that we receive notification of any abuse of the Blue Badge scheme. We will investigate the matter and consider what action, if any, can be taken.

Further Information

Follow the link to find out about disabled parking and Blue Badges.