This section provides everything you need to know about disabled parking, including the blue badge scheme and applying for new on-street disabled parking bays.
Applying for a blue badge
If you have mobility problems you might qualify for a blue badge, which allows you to park closer to public facilities.
The badge costs £10, which is charged once your application is successful. First you need to apply and then you should send us your supporting evidence, to show you’re eligible for a badge.
You can apply online
, which is best, or download the guidance notes
and application form
- Email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post your application to The Blue Badge Team, Northumberland County Council, Wansbeck Square, Ashington, NE63 9XL.
- Alternatively, visit one of our customer information centres for assistance.
Once you’ve completed the form, email your supporting evidence to email@example.com
If you can’t download the form or complete your application online, call us on 0345 600 6400 or visit one of our customer information centres
for a copy.
If your application is successful, we will contact you to take payment.
More information is available on the scheme on the gov.uk website
You can also read our leaflets - Blue Badges Rights and Responsibilities
and Can I get a Blue Badge?
Renewing your blue badge
A letter reminding you to renew your blue badge will be sent to you six to eight weeks before your badge expires.
Please let us know if you move house, so the letter goes to the right address.
We won’t automatically send you a new badge when your current one expires. We assess all renewals in the same way we assess brand new applications. That’s why you must complete a new application form
to renew your badge and provide all the information requested. This is because:
- your situation, and what you are eligible for, may have changed
- the criteria for a blue badge might have changed
Changing your blue badge address
If you are staying within Northumberland, you should contact our blue badge team to give them your new address. This will ensure the reminder letter about your badge expiring goes to the right address.
If you are moving to another county, inform your new council about your new address and you can carry on using your badge until expires. Six weeks before the expiry date you need to apply for your badge again via your new council.
Lost or stolen blue badges
If your badge is lost or stolen, you must report this to the police and get a crime reference number before you can get a replacement blue badge.
Follow the step-by-step process on the gov.uk website
Alternatively, complete the replacement blue badge application form
. Return the application form to the address shown on the form, with a new passport photo for the replacement badge.
We’ll contact you by telephone to take payment of £10 for the replacement badge.
You can also call into one of our customer information centres
If the blue badge holder dies, what do I do with their badge?
Return it to the blue badge team, and we’ll cancel the badge and update our records without you needing to do anything else. You can also hand the badge into one of our customer information centres
Misuse of blue badges
If you suspect someone is misusing blue badges, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to:
Northumberland County Council
Blue Badge Team
Please include the following in your email/letter:
- the blue badge serial number
- the registration number of the vehicle using the blue badge
- circumstances of the suspected misuse
- date when the suspected misuse took place
- your contact details - although you can make an anonymous report if you prefer
Introducing new disabled parking bays
If you’d like to request a new ‘on-street’ disabled parking bay introduced at a public building or home address, email email@example.com
To qualify for a residential disabled parking bay near your home, you must be a blue badge holder and:
- demonstrate a genuine need for the bay requested
- not have access to private parking within or near the premises
- receive the higher rate mobility component of the disability living allowance
- drive your own car or nominate a carer who drives you and resides at your address
- provide copies of your driving licence and vehicle registration documents displaying your name and address
The application form also needs to be signed by a doctor or occupational therapist.
Applications for new bays take a minimum of three months. We will deal with applications as quickly as possible.
However, creating new parking places involves consultation with the local community, which can take time.