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Blue Badges

This is a national scheme that we deliver locally. We use the guidelines and regulations set out by the Department for Transport.

Read our Blue Badge policy.

Blue Badges allow disabled people to park closer to their destination. They are issued to people, not vehicles, so a Blue Badge holder can use it any vehicle they travel in.

We do not issue temporary Blue Badges.

We do not issue Blue Badges for:

  • a temporary disability such as a broken leg, or if your problem is intermittent and does not continuously severely restrict your ability to walk
  • a condition that affects a person’s ability to carry shopping

Apply or renew your Blue Badge

Apply for a Blue Badge

You’ll need the following to upload:

  • a passport sized photo
  • proof of address
  • proof of identity
  • relevant medical evidence (medical evidence includes letter of diagnoses, consultation report and/or treatment plans). You must attach any medical report or hospital letters you possess that would support your application. Registering online with your GP surgery will enable you to access your Patient Summary which should support your application.

It can take around six to eight weeks to process your application. If you’re renewing, you should submit your application at least two months before your badge is due to expire.

Payment

After applying, the Blue Badge Team will let you know if your application has been successful.

Once you have been successful, you can pay using our secure online payments website (find Blue Badge from the drop-down list and then use the ‘select’ button which will put the cost – £10 – into the amount field). Please do not send payment with your application.

Parking

Interactive Blue Badge parking map

Blue badge parking map

LocationBlue Badge parking available
On street pay and display bays Yes. You don’t need to display the clock and there’s no time limit.
Combined pay and display/permit holder bays Yes. You don’t need to display the clock and there’s no time limit.
Disabled bays Yes. You don’t need to display the clock unless the sign shows a time limit.
Single and double yellow lines (where allowed) Yes, for up to three hours. You must display the clock. 
You can park on yellow lines unless there is a ban on loading and unloading or you are causing an obstruction.
Permit holder only bays No
Resident permit holder only bays No
Business bays, doctors’ bays, red routes, suspended bays No
Housing estates Contact the estate to find out where you can park.
Red Routes Where double red lines are marked, vehicles cannot stop at any time – Monday to Sunday – including for short periods of loading or unloading. Only disabled blue badge holders, Hackney Carriages (black cabs) and private hire vehicles licensed by Reading Borough Council are permitted to stop to allow for boarding and alighting.

Lost or stolen Blue Badge

You can report a lost, stolen or defaced badge online.

If your Blue Badge is stolen, you should report the theft to the police immediately. You should quote the crime reference or report number when you request a replacement.

Fraud and misuse

The badge is for the badge holder only – it’s a criminal offence to let anyone else use it when you’re not in the car. It must only be used when the person it belongs to is in the vehicle.

You must not let people use your badge on your behalf unless you’re with them, even for things like shopping or collecting parcels for you. We investigate and prosecute Blue Badge misuse and fraud. If you’re found guilty of misusing a Blue Badge you could be fined up to £1,000. If your Blue Badge is confiscated, it will only be returned following a full investigation. The badge remains the property of the issuing local council. They can ask for the badge to be returned if it is being misused.

The Blue Badge scheme: rights and responsibilities

Report misues

Let us know if you think someone is using a Blue Badge they are not eligible for.