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. Please note applicants should be the driver, have a valid blue badge and meet all of the 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.

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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 7 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.