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Blue Badges

Plymouth City Council administers the Blue Badge scheme for Plymouth residents on behalf of the Department for Transport.

A Blue Badge allows people with severe mobility problems caused by visible and non-visible disabilities to access goods and services, by allowing them to park closer to where they need to go. The scheme is open to eligible people who travel as a driver or as a passenger.

Who can get a Blue Badge

Visit GOV.UK for more information on who may qualify for a Blue Badge. 

We do not issue badges for temporary disabilities or conditions.

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge

You can apply for a Blue Badge for yourself, someone else or on behalf of an organisation.

The Blue Badge issue fee is £10. Payment can be made when completing the online application. The fee will be refunded if your application is not successful.

It can take up to 12 weeks for you to receive your badge, once all required evidence and information has been received in full.

You can ask a family member, friend or carer to assist you or apply on your behalf. Computers are available to use at your local library. You may also go to Citizen’s Advice Plymouth or Age UK Plymouth who have experience in helping.

Terminal illness

We understand dealing with terminal illness is an exceptionally difficult time.  If you have a terminal illness, which means you cannot walk or find walking very difficult you may be eligible for a Blue Badge from the Department for Transport. 

Applications under terminal illness which are accompanied by a DS1500 form or letter headed paper from a medical professional (Doctor, Nurse, hospice or palliative care medical staff), are fast tracked to provide support of a blue badge as soon as possible.

Applicants will need to provide:

  • a digital photo (unless they are too poorly)
  • a photo or scan of proof of identity (such as a birth certificate, passport or driving license) 
  • a photo or scan of proof of address (such as a Council Tax bill or government letter) 
  • £10 issue fee

Blue Badges for organisations

Organisations that both care for and transport disabled people who would qualify for a Blue Badge can apply for an organisational Blue Badge. There must be a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the personal Blue Badges of people it is transporting.

It is unlikely that taxi or private hire operators and community transport operators would be eligible for an organisational Blue Badge as they are not usually concerned with the care of disabled people who would meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for a badge. Such operators are, of course, able to use an individual's Blue Badge when carrying that person as a passenger.

The organisational Blue Badge gives the same parking concessions as an individual blue badge. It can be used by the organisation when transporting disabled people who would be eligible for their own badge.  It can’t be used at any other time.

The Blue Badge issue fee is £10. Payment can be made when completing the online application. The fee will be refunded if your application is not successful.

It can take up to 12 weeks for you to receive your badge.

Uploading documents, photos or make a payment for your Blue Badge

If you've already made an application, and we've asked you to provide further information (a photo, documents or a payment), you can do that here:

Change the details on your Blue Badge

If you have changed your name or address please use the form below to update your Blue Badge details.

A replacement Blue Badge will be issued for change of name only.

There is a £10 fee for a replacement Blue Badge. Payment is made online by a debit or credit card when completing the form.

On receipt of this information your replacement badge will be issued within 10 working days.

Replace a lost, stolen or damaged Blue Badge

If your Blue Badge is stolen you first need to report it to the police by calling 101. A replacement badge cannot be issued without a crime reference number.

A replacement badge replaces the lost, stolen or damaged badge, as such will display the same photograph and expiry date.

There is a £10 fee for a replacement badge. We will contact you for this payment once your request has been approved. Your replacement badge will then be issued within 10 working days.

As soon as you report your Blue Badge as lost, stolen or damaged we will cancel the badge. Using a cancelled badge may result in a parking fine.

Returning a Blue Badge

You must return a Blue Badge securely to Plymouth City Council, Plymouth, PL1 3BJ if:

  • The badge has expired
  • Your medical condition or mobility improves and you are no longer eligible
  • A replacement badge has been issued for one that is lost or stolen and the original is found / recovered (the original badge must be returned)
  • The badge becomes damaged or faded and is illegible
  • The badge is no longer required, for example should you be confined to the house
  • The badge holder has died
  • You have found someone’s Blue Badge

If you continue to display the badge when you no longer need it you may be fined up to £1,000.

Rights and responsibilities

Visit GOV.UK to see your rights and responsibilities as a Blue Badge holder.