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A blue badge allows some disabled people to park closer to their destination, as they’re less able to walk long distances or take public transport.
You can apply:
- for yourself
- for someone else
- as an organisation that works with disabled people
You can use your badge as a passenger or driver.
You can automatically qualify for a badge if you’re:
- registered blind
- terminally ill
- already getting some types of disability benefits
If you have a physical, non-visible (hidden) or other disability that makes journeys very difficult you may qualify but might need an assessment.
You can qualify for a blue badge automatically if you have one of the following:
You might qualify for a blue badge if you have one of the following:
Proof you need to provide
The more proof and information you add to your application, the stronger your case will be.
Organisations that work with disabled people
An organisation can apply for a blue badge (or multiple badges) if they do all of the following:
- care for or assist people who qualify for a blue badge
- transport people who need a blue badge
- have a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the individual badge of the people it is transporting
Organisations apply using the same gov.uk form as everyone else.
The application steps are:
- Check if you can apply
- Apply using the form on gov.uk
- The form will ask you to upload documents and a photo
- We process your application. This can take up to 12 weeks and may be less if you qualify automatically. If you do not qualify automatically then we may ask you to attend a mobility assessment at Hackney Service Centre
- Your badge will arrive in the post. If your application is refused, we will let you know with a letter
Before you start
To fill out the form, you will need:
- your contact details
- your email address (we send renewal reminders by email)
- your National Insurance number (if you have one)
- details of your current blue badge (if you have one)
- your driving licence number (if you have one)
You will also be asked to upload a photo or scan of:
- a recent passport-style photo, with no filters or editing
- proof of identity (like a birth certificate, passport or driving licence)
- proof of address (like a council tax bill or driving licence)
- proof of benefits (if you get any)
- proof of terminal illness (if you have one), such as a DS1500 form or letter from a doctor
- proof of your health or mobility problems (if you do not qualify automatically)
You don’t need to pay anything when you apply for a badge in Hackney.
You can get help with your blue badge application, including sending documents.
When your badge is due to expire you will need to apply for a new one. You need to submit the renewal application 12 week before your current one expires.
Please reapply as early as possible so we can issue your new blue badge before your current one expires.
When you reapply you will still need to supply proof that you meet the eligibility criteria, even if you’ve had a blue badge before.
The blue badge must be displayed where it can be read clearly through the front windscreen.
It must only be displayed if you’re travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger.
You should not hold more than one badge at any given time or share your blue badge.
If you’re found guilty of misusing your badge you could be fined up to £1,000.
Blue badge holders living in Hackney can drive through a number of traffic filters in the borough, found in low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs). This includes traffic filters located on Stoke Newington Church Street, Shepherdess Walk, Downs Road and Richmond Road (between Greenwood Road and Eleanor Road).
Complete the HAC01 application form to nominate one vehicle to be exempt from the traffic filters:
We aim to provide a response to exemption applications within ten working days.
Please note that if you held a valid companion e-badge on 22 September 2021, your vehicle was automatically added to the exemption list for this scheme. However, if you have changed your vehicle after this date or have applied for the companion e-badge permit after this date you must complete the application form.
Exemptions only apply to traffic filters where HAC01 is listed as an exemption on the road sign.
Read the delegated powers decision – exemptions to traffic filters on the borough’s classified road network for Hackney resident companion e-badge holders.
Where to park
The badge is for on-street parking only. Off-street car parks have separate rules and it’s up to the car park owner to decide whether badge holders can park free of charge. You must also check local signs.
With a blue badge you can:
- park on-street for free and without time limit at both metered and ‘pay and display’ sites
- park in designated disabled bays free and without time limit unless the sign states otherwise. If there’s a time limit, you must display your clock with your blue badge
- park on single or double yellow lines for up to 3 hours with both your blue badge and parking clock displayed. Always check local signs
- use your blue badge in some European Union (EU) countries. Remember to check EU blue badge rules before you travel
Find out more about where you can park and when you should display the clock.
Where not to park
There are places where parking is not allowed. These include:
- pedestrianised areas
- bus or cycle lanes
- pedestrian crossings
- zigzag markings
- suspended parking bays
- loading bays
You must not park in a location where your vehicle could cause an obstruction or a danger to others.
For more information on how to use your blue badge and where you can park, read the Department of Transport’s guidance.
You can report misuse of a blue badge to us in confidence.
If you suspect someone of misusing a blue badge, you can:
- email us at email@example.com
- call 0208 356 8866 (all calls are confidential)
We’ll need to know:
- where the misuse occurred
- when the use occurred
- the blue badge number
- any further details
Report a lost or stolen badge
If you don’t know where you lost your badge or think it may have been stolen you must let the police know by calling 101.
You’ll be given a lost property or crime reference number. If you know you lost your badge at home then you don’t need to let the police know.
When requesting a replacement, you’ll need:
- the lost property or crime reference number
- proof of ID
- proof of address
- a written statement of the incident
If your lost or stolen blue badge was due to expire within the next 3 months you should reapply for a new badge instead of reporting it.
If you have a blue badge, you can apply for a companion e-badge.
A companion e-badge is an electronic permit you can use when parking near your home, instead of displaying your blue badge.
It reduces the risk of your blue badge being stolen from your vehicle.