Disabled Parking

also known as: Blue badge scheme.

This page contains information about disabled parking, including the Blue badge scheme and on-street disabled parking bays.

The Blue Badge scheme

The Blue Badge scheme is for people with severe mobility problems. It allows Blue Badge holders to park close to where they need to go to ensure they have access to public facilities.

To find out more information about the Blue Badge Scheme, please click on the links below:

Leaflet- Can I get a Blue Badge?
Leaflet - Blue Badges Rights and Responsibilities

Full details of the scheme are available on the Department for Transport website at www.dft.gov.uk/.

Issuing Blue Badges

Since 1 January 2012, the Blue Badge scheme is being run by Northumberland County Council rather than Northumberland Care Trust.

If you already have a Blue Badge that is due to expire, or if you need a replacement badge, you will be applying under the new modernised scheme. Your new badge will have a new look and feel and will be more durable and secure. In the majority of cases it will be valid for three years.

You may be eligible for a badge without further assessment, for instance if you are on the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance, but you may also be awarded a Blue Badge under the further assessment criteria.

You will only need to apply for your new style badge when your old one expires, or if you have lost it or had it stolen.

Please apply for you new badge at least one month before the old one expires, as it takes approximately three weeks to process the application.

We are currently piloting a new application process in the Berwick and Hexham areas of Northumberland. The aim of the new process is to reduce the overall processing time for a Blue Badge application and provide assistance to applicants in these areas. This new process allows you to make an appointment to receive assistance completing an online application form, have your photograph taken free of charge and for all of your relevant supporting documents sent to the Blue Badge Team electronically.

If you would like to receive assistance with your Blue Badge application please call the following number to be connected to Customer Services for your area and request to make an appointment for Blue Badge assistance. The appointment will last between 45 minutes to an hour.

Hexham Applicants: 01434 400388

Berwick Applicants: 01289 540455

To apply for a Blue Badge outside of these areas you will need to complete an application form and submit supporting evidence to show you are eligible. The fee for the issue of your Blue Badge is £10.00 and can only be taken once your application has been successful.

Please note, when applying online you must either e-mail or post your supporting evidence to: bluebadges@northumberland.gov.uk or The Blue Badge Team, Northumberland County Council, Wansbeck Square, Ashington, NE63 9XL

To apply online, please click here.

You can download the form and an application pack here below.

Alternatively, this is available from:

When your form is complete you can call into one of our Customer Information Centres where we can photocopy your evidence for you, and forward it to the Blue Badge team on your behalf. Please remember to submit your passport sized photograph with your application.

Or, you can post your completed form, photocopied evidence, photograph and cheque to us at: The Blue Badge Team, Northumberland County Council, Wansbeck Square, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9XL.

For more information about the changes

If you would like more information about the Blue Badge reforms please visit http://www.dft.gov.uk/topics/access/blue-badge/reform-of-the-blue-badge-scheme/

Misuse of Blue Badges

Reports of suspected misuse should be made in writing, via post or email, to Northumberland County Council at the address below:

Northumberland County Council
Blue Badge Team
Wansbeck Square
NE63 9XL
Email: bluebadges@northumberland.gov.uk

When reporting misuse of a Blue Badge, please include the following:

  • 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 may make an anonymous report

On street disabled parking bay

The council deals with requests for introducing on-street disabled parking bays such as:

  • a disabled parking bay that is available for use by any holder of a Blue Badge near a hospital, clinic, doctor's surgery, chemist or other public building
  • an advisory resident disabled parking bay close to the applicant’s address

In each case, the parking place will be sited as near as possible to the relevant building but we have to take the following into consideration:

  • traffic flow
  • the interests of the owners and occupiers of adjoining properties
  • access to premises
  • road safety

As a Blue Badge holder, to obtain an advisory resident disabled parking bay a successful application must be made which demonstrates certain qualification criteria.

To qualify for a disabled parking bay, you must first hold a valid Blue Badge 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 showing your name and address (showing you are a local resident)

The application form also needs to be signed by a doctor or occupational therapist.

An application will take a minimum of three months to process. The council will make every effort to deal with applications as quickly as possible however, putting in parking places involves consultation with local people.

To apply you can either email highwaysdesign@northumberland.gov.uk or write to:

Highways Design
Highways & Transport
Northumberland County Council
NE61 2EF