Disabled drivers parking bay

Plymouth City Council provides a service for the provision of disabled parking spaces to support drivers with severe mobility impairment to access their residential home. Applicants should be the main driver and meet all eligibility criteria below.

Eligibility

All of the following criteria must apply to be considered for a disabled driver's parking bay:

  • Must hold a valid Blue Badge
  • Must drive a vehicle that is registered and kept at your address

  • Must not have any alternative off-street parking facilities (owned or rented) e.g. garage, driveway or hard standing

  • Must experience a frequent and severe difficulty in parking close to your home

We may not be able to approve a bay, even though you meet the criteria above, if:

  • There are no parking problems in the street (a survey may be carried out)

  • There are parking restrictions near the applicant’s home (single or double yellow lines

  • You live near a junction (10 metres)

  • The proposed bay is close to, or within, the turning head of a cul-de-sac

  • The width of street is less than 3.6 metres

  • Safety of a road user (bay required on brow of hill) - see Highway Code.

Terminal illness

Terminal applicants will be fast tracked and prioritised for consideration by the Council. The following criteria will apply for any terminally ill individual to ensure they are provided with the accessibility support they need, when they most need it. 

  • Must hold a valid Blue Badge
  • Must drive a vehicle that is registered and kept at your address or if the individual does not drive, the driver of the vehicle must permanently reside at the same address. 
  • Must not have any alternative off-street parking facilities (owned or rented) e.g. garage, driveway or hard standing
  • Evidence of terminal illness in the form of a signed DS1500 report or written confirmation from a healthcare professional (doctor, consultant, Macmillan nurse)

We may not be able to approve a bay, even though you meet the criteria above, if:

  • There are parking restrictions near the applicant’s home (single or double yellow lines
  • You live near a junction (10 metres)
  • The proposed bay is close to, or within, the turning head of a cul-de-sac
  • The width of street is less than 3.6 metres
  • Safety of a road user (bay required on brow of hill) - see Highway Code.

Cost

It costs £40 to apply for a disabled bay which is not refundable.

An application does not guarantee a bay will be approved.

No guarantees can be given that a bay will always be available. The bay is advisory only therefore if other vehicles park in the bay, with or without displaying a blue badge, no enforcement action can be taken by us or the Police.

Apply for a disabled drivers parking bay

What happens after your application?

After we receive your application a site visit will be carried out to see if a bay can be provided. 

If approved it can take up to 12 weeks for a disabled driver's parking bay to be marked on the road. Applications approved under terminal illness will be fast-tracked and prioritised for the marking of the bay on the highway. This will normally be within seven working days from being approved. 

Weather and emergencies can cause our works schedules to change so we're unable to give definite timescales for installing disabled parking spaces.

Repaint

We will consider repainting markings when they have faded enough so that the bay is not able to be recognised as a disabled drivers parking bay on the road. You will need to provide clear photos of the condition of the bay markings for your request to be considered.  

Repainting of existing bays are batched together into works orders that our contractor will program into their work schedule. 

Apply to have a disabled drivers parking bay repainted

Removal

If you no longer need a disabled parking bay, or the Blue Badge holder no longer lives at the address, please let us know and the bay will be removed. Removal will usually be done during resurfacing works or other works being carried out, in the meantime the bay will not be maintained and the markings will be left  to fade and disappear.  

Apply to have a disabled drivers parking bay removed

Review and update your details

We undertake periodic reviews to check, that the disabled parking bay is being used by the person for whom it was provided and that they continue to meet the eligibility criteria. 

You can complete a review form to update your details or to inform us if you no longer need the bay.


Review - Update details