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.

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What is the Blue Badge?

Blue Badge permit holders are allowed to park closer to their destination, for example in designated parking spaces.

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

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

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. You will need to complete a Blue Badge application form, and the local authority are also likely to want information from health or social care professionals who know your child.

A child who is two or over should qualify for a Blue Badge by this route if the local authority has assessed that he or she has an enduring and substantial disability which causes them during the course of a journey: 

Your child can also qualify if they are aged under three and have a specific medical condition that 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 addition, your child can qualify for a Blue Badge if they drive regularly and has a severe disability in both arms so that they have great difficulties in using parking meters.  

Blue Badge rules in Northern Ireland

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

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 can also qualify 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.

Blue Badge rules in Scotland

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

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 can also qualify 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.

Blue Badge rules in Wales

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

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 can also qualify 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.

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