also known as: Blue badge scheme.
This page contains information about disabled parking, including the Blue badge scheme and on-street disabled parking bays.
Free parking has now been introduced
in some towns and villages.
Find out more here.
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
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
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
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: email@example.com
or The Blue Badge Team, Northumberland County Council, County
Hall, Morpeth,Northumberland, NE61 2EF
To apply online, please click
You can download the form and an application pack here
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
Or, you can post your completed form, photocopied evidence,
photograph and cheque to us at: The Blue Badge Team, Northumberland
County Council, County Hall, Morpeth,Northumberland, NE61 2EF.
For more information about the changes
If you would like more information about the Blue Badge reforms
Misuse of Blue Badges
Reports of suspected misuse should be made in writing, via post
or email, to Northumberland County Council at the address
Northumberland County Council
Blue Badge Team
When reporting misuse of a Blue Badge, please include the
- The Blue Badge serial number
- The registration number of the vehicle using the Blue
- Circumstances of the suspected misuse
- Date when the suspected misuse took place
- Your contact details - although you may make an anonymous
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
In each case, the parking place will be sited as near as
possible to the relevant building but we have to take the following
- traffic flow
- the interests of the owners and occupiers of adjoining
- 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
- receive the higher rate mobility component of the disability
- 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
The application form also needs to be signed by a doctor or
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or write to:
Highways & Transport
Northumberland County Council