Parking bays for disabled drivers

If you’re a blue badge holder, and your mobility impairment makes it difficult for you to walk short distances, but you don’t have access to off street parking, you might be able to get a disabled parking bay installed outside your home or in a residential car park. Disabled parking bays can be used by any blue badge holder.

If you’ve got a valid blue badge you can apply for a free companion badge for extra security. If you live in a parking zone you can use the companion badge to park in your home’s residential parking bays.

For any advice about disabled bays, email disabledparking@hackney.gov.uk call 020 8356 8328.

Application process

There are 3 steps to getting a disabled bay:

  1. applying
  2. a two-stage review
  3. advertising and installing the parking bay

Apply for a disabled bay

You’ll need to complete an application form and provide evidence.

Print the application form, complete it and email or post it to the address on this page.

Check that you meet the eligibility criteria. Due to the legal process we have to follow, it can take a minimum of 3 months to install a bay. We have to advertise the proposed changes and give people a chance to object.

Supporting evidence required

You will need to provide a copy of the following with your application. Your application will not be processed without them.

Both sides of your blue badge.

For the driver of the vehicle please provide copies of your:

  • proof of address
  • vehicle registration document (V5C)
  • driving licence

Claim an existing disabled bay

If you’re a blue badge holder and meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply to have an unused bay registered in your name.

Print the application form, complete it and email or post it to the address on this page.

Stage 1: assessing your parking needs

Our team will review your application and, if you meet the parking eligibility criteria one of our engineers will visit the site to see if there’s a suitable location for the bay. This takes around 2 weeks.

Parking eligibility criteria

  • you must hold a valid blue badge and live at the address where it’s registered
  • you must be the main driver of the vehicle and it must be registered at the address where the bay is required
  • the address where the bay is required:
    • must not have off street parking
    • must be on a public street or an estate we manage

If you’re applying on behalf of a dependent under 18, they must

  • hold a valid blue badge
  • live at the same address as you
  • be the main driver of a vehicle registered at the same address

You can also apply if you require a specifically adapted vehicle and hold a valid blue badge – this includes passengers over 18. The passenger must live at the address where the adapted vehicle is registered.

Exceptional circumstances

If you don’t meet the criteria set out above but you think your circumstances might be exceptional, please tell us about your disability – and how it affects your walking and movement – in your application, along with anything else you think is relevant. There’s a page provided at the end of the form. We’ll review your application and, if appropriate, refer you for a mobility assessment.

We’ll write to you with the outcome of our stage 1 assessment to let you know whether your application will be proceeding to stage 2.

Stage 2: mobility assessment

We’ll arrange an appointment to carry out an assessment of your mobility. If your mobility meets our threshold your application will go onto stage 3. It takes around a  month for a mobility assessment to be conducted. If you don’t meet the threshold, we won’t be able to install a parking bay.

Advertising and installing a bay

We’ll arrange for a disabled bay to be installed. We’re required by law to put out a notice in the local press to let people know we’re installing the bay and give them the chance to comment on the proposal.

If there are no objections,  the change is advertised in the local press and the London Gazette. It takes a minimum of 3 months to complete this process and install a bay.

Page updated on: 23 December 2019

Parking bays for disabled drivers

Address

PO Box 75934
London
E5 5EZ

Telephone

Opening times

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