Blue Badge disabled parking permits


Some disabled children qualify for a Blue Badge. If your child has a Blue Badge, this allows you to park close to where you need to go - by accessing disabled parking spaces for example.

The Blue Badge is linked to the disabled person rather than a particular vehicle, so you can use the Blue Badge in any car so long as the badge holder is either a passenger or driver.

Blue Badge holders can also ask for a disabled parking space near their home. Usually this would be free but local councils can have different rules about how can apply for one.

Although the scheme applies throughout the UK, the rules about who qualifies are different in each of the nations. You need to apply by contacting your local authority and there may be a small administrative charge.

Blue Badge rules in England

Blue Badge rules in Northern Ireland

Blue Badge rules in Scotland

Blue Badge rules in Wales

Blue Badge rules in England

Your child will qualify for a Blue Badge automatically if they are aged two or above and:

  • Get the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at the higher rate; or
  • Are registered blind; or
  • Score eight points or more under the 'moving around' activity of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Your child can also qualify automatically if they are aged under three and have a specific medical condition which means that they either always need to be accompanied by bulky medical equipment or need to be kept near at vehicle at all times in case they need treatment. Bulky medical equipment includes ventilators, suction machines, feed pumps, parenteral equipment, syringe drivers, oxygen administration and saturation monitoring equipment and casts and associated equipment for the correction of hip dysplasia.

In England the Blue Badge rules will change on 20 August 2019 to extend automatic qualification for a Blue Badge to those who score 10 points under the PIP test of being "unable to undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant."

Even if your child doesn't qualify automatically, they may still qualify under 'the assessed route'. This means that the local authority carries out an assessment of your child's needs and agrees that:

  • Your child is over two and has a 'permanent and substantial difficulty that causes an inability to walk or great difficulty in walking'.
  • Your child drives regularly and has a severe disability in both arms so that they have great difficulties in using all parking meters.

In England, the Blue Badge rules will change on 20 August 2019 to extend qualification under the assessed route to those with an enduring and substantial disability, the effect of which is that the person is unable to undertake a journey without:

  • It causing very considerable difficulty when walking; or
  • There being a reasonably foreseeable risk of serious harm to the health and safety of that person or any other person; or
  • It causing very considerable psychological distress to that person.

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Blue Badge rules in Northern Ireland

Your child will qualify for a Blue Badge automatically if they are aged two or above and they:

  • Get the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at the higher rate; or
  • Are registered blind; or
  • Score eight points or more under the 'moving around' activity of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Your child can also qualify automatically if they are aged under three and have a specific medical condition which means that they either always need to be accompanied by bulky medical equipment or need to be kept near at vehicle at all times in case they need treatment. Bulky medical equipment includes ventilators, suction machines, feed pumps, parenteral equipment, syringe drivers, oxygen administration and saturation monitoring equipment and casts and associated equipment for the correction of hip dysplasia.

Even if they do not qualify automatically, your child may still qualify under 'the assessed route'. This means that the local authority carries out an assessment of your child's needs and agrees that:

  • Your child is over two and has a 'permanent and substantial difficulty that causes an inability to walk or great difficulty in walking'
  • Your child drives regularly and has a severe disability in both arms so that they have great difficulties in using all parking meters.

Blue Badge rules in Scotland

Your child will qualify for a Blue Badge automatically if they are aged over two and they:

  • Get the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at the higher rate; or
  • Are registered blind; or
  • Score eight points or more under the 'moving around' activity of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or 12 points under the 'planning and following' a journey activity; or
  • Have previously been awarded an indefinite award of the higher rate mobility component of DLA, which was terminated as part of a PIP assessment; or
  • Previously received a fixed term award of the higher rate of DLA mobility component, your child has have not scored the necessary number of points to qualify under the PIP system but they have requested a mandatory reconsideration of that decision within the last year.

Your child can also qualify automatically if they are aged under three and have a specific medical condition which means that they either always need to be accompanied by bulky medical equipment or need to be kept near at vehicle at all times in case they need treatment. Bulky medical equipment includes ventilators, suction machines, feed pumps, parenteral equipment, syringe drivers, oxygen administration and saturation monitoring equipment and casts and associated equipment for the correction of hip dysplasia.

Even if they do not qualify automatically your child may still qualify under 'the assessed route'. This means that the local authority carries out an assessment of your child's needs and agrees that:

  • Your child is over two and has a 'permanent and substantial difficulty that causes an inability to walk or great difficulty in walking'
  • Your child drives regularly and has a severe disability in both arms so that they have great difficulties in using all parking meters
  • Your child has a temporary disability which means they are virtually unable to walk for a period of between one and three years;
  • As a result of a diagnosed mental disorder your child has a lack of awareness of traffic dangers that is for a temporary period of at least 12 months or that is permanent.   

Blue Badge rules in Wales

Your child will qualify for a Blue Badge automatically if they are aged two or above and they:

  • Get the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at the higher rate; or
  • Are registered blind; or
  • Score eight points or more under the 'moving around' activity of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or 12 points under the 'planning and following' a journey activity.

Your child can also qualify automatically if they are aged under three and have a specific medical condition which means that they either always need to be accompanied by bulky medical equipment or need to be kept near at vehicle at all times in case they need treatment. Bulky medical equipment includes ventilators, suction machines, feed pumps, parenteral equipment, syringe drivers, oxygen administration and saturation monitoring equipment and casts and associated equipment for the correction of hip dysplasia.

Even if your child doesn't qualify automatically, they may still qualify under 'the assessed route'. This means that the local authority carries out an assessment of your child's needs and agrees that:

  • Your child is over two and has a 'permanent and substantial difficulty that causes an inability to walk or great difficulty in walking';
  • Your child drives regularly and has a severe disability in both arms so that they have great difficulties in using all parking meters;
  • Your child is unable to follow the route of a journey without the help of someone else because of a severe cognitive impairment;
  • Your child has a terminal illness that seriously limits their mobility;
  • You are recovering from, or awaiting, treatment for a serious illness or injury (this allows a temporary Blue Badge for 12 months only).

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