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Apply for a Blue Badge online

Disabled parking permits are known as Blue Badges in the UK and Europe. Portsmouth City Council is responsible for the issue of all Blue Badges in the city, covering all postcodes between PO1 and PO6. If you live outside of this area, for example Waterlooville, Fareham or Gosport, you will need to contact Hampshire County Council to apply for a Blue Badge.

The Blue Badge scheme provides a national range of parking concessions for disabled people with severe mobility problems who have difficulty using public transport. It is designed to help severely disabled people to travel independently, as either a driver or passenger, by allowing them to park close to their destination.

Applying for a Blue Badge

You can apply for or renew a Blue Badge online. Alternatively, contact us for an application form:

The application process can be tracked online, and includes questions to check your eligibility for a Blue Badge. All badges are issued by the council and cost £10 to cover administration and production.

If you do not meet the automatic qualification criteria when you apply for a Blue Badge, you will need to attend an Independent Mobility Assessment (IMA). It will take place at the Frank Sorrell Centre in Prince Albert Road, Southsea.

Applicants will be contacted to arrange an appointment when their application has been processed.

Hidden disabilities

From 30 August 2019 the blue badge scheme is being extended to include applicants with hidden disabilities who:

  • experience very considerable difficulty when walking, which may include very considerable psychological distress
  • are at risk of serious harm when walking
  • when walking, pose a risk of serious harm to any other person


Is there a different application form for me to complete if I have a hidden disability?

Yes, we have created an application form specifically for applicants with hidden disabilities.

How do I apply?

You can either contact the blue badge team for an application form by calling 023 92 84 1176 or you can apply online.

Will I automatically qualify if I have autism?

Eligibility for a blue badge is not based on having a specific diagnosis or condition. You may be eligible if you:

  • experience very considerable difficulty when walking (which may include very considerable psychological distress), or
  • are at risk of serious harm when walking, or
  • when walking, pose a risk of serious harm to any other person


How will I know if I automatically qualify for a blue badge?

You will only be automatically eligible for a blue badge if you receive 10 points on the 'planning and following a journey' descriptor E ('Cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress') for the Mobility Component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

I receive 10 points for descriptor D or 12 points for descriptor F of planning and following a journey - will I qualify for a blue badge?

If you receive 10 points for descriptor D ('Cannot follow the route of an unfamiliar journey without another person, assistance dog or orientation aid') or 12 points for descriptor F ('Cannot follow the route of a familiar journey without another person, an assistance dog or an orientation aid') for the Mobility Component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), you will not automatically qualify but you may be eligible subject to further assessment.

How to collect your Blue Badge

We no longer send Blue Badges out by post due to problems encountered with postage and to remove the risk of fraudulent applications being processed.

We contact applicants to let them know that their Blue Badge is ready for collection - please ensure that you provide us with a daytime telephone number.

Applicants will need proof of identification (birth certificate, passport or driving licence) to be able to collect their Blue Badge from Portsmouth Shopmobility, 56 Arundel St, Portsmouth, PO1 1NL. 

You can also report a lost or stolen Blue Badge online

Disabled parking bays

Portsmouth City Council is also responsible for issuing and enforcing disabled parking bays. Disabled parking bays are not reserved for the sole use of an individual and may be used by any Blue Badge holder.

Disabled parking bays feature a sign next to them (on a wall, fence or post) which reads 'Disabled badge holders only'. It is a requirement to display a valid Blue Badge at all times whilst parked in an enforceable disabled parking bay.

Any motorist found parked in a disabled bay without displaying a valid Blue Badge is liable to receive a Penalty Charge Notice.

Disabled bay holders may not be able to display a Blue Badge at all times whilst parked in their allocated bay - they can request a permit, specific to their vehicle and address, enabling them to park in their allocated bay without displaying a Blue Badge.

Permit request forms are automatically sent to bay holders upon the issue of a disabled parking bay and can also be requested by contacting us:

A fee of £18 is applicable for each permit, and an administration fee is also required for a change of vehicle, or for a lost or damaged permit.

A Traffic Regulation Order must legally be created for a new disabled parking bay before it can be installed. Portsmouth City Council will make every effort to deal with applications as quickly as possible, but due to the production and publication of Traffic Regulation Orders, an application will take a minimum of 3 months to process.

There is a £51.00 fee applicable prior to a bay being installed - if you can prove you are receiving Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support this fee will not be charged.

Further information

Further information on disabled parking and applying for a Blue Badge can be found on our disabled parking frequently asked questions page.

To contact us: