Blue Badge Scheme

February 2018 - Update

The online application process for Blue Badges has been updated, it is now much more simple for you to use and you can apply for your first Blue Badge or renew your existing badge using the same form.

Apply or renew now

Customers who are unable to apply online can use our new application forms available to download or collect from any County Council Office or one of our Cumbria Libraries.

What is the Blue Badge Scheme?

If you're disabled, a Blue Badge permit allows you to park legally near to places you need to visit. The permit is for any eligible disabled person whether you're travelling as a driver, or as a passenger. It allows you to park for free in some pay and display car parks and on single and double yellow lines in most streets for up to three hours.

Although this is a national scheme that operates throughout the UK and is recognised in Europe, it's delivered locally by Cumbria County Council. We only issue badges in accordance with the guidelines and regulations provided by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Blue Badges are only issued to residents of Cumbria who satisfy one or more of the eligibility criteria set out in the legislation that governs the scheme.

To see if you are eligible, please read 'Can I Get a Blue Badge?' (PDF, 775Kb), a guide from the Department of Transport. 

Before applying we suggest you read 'Can I Get a Blue Badge?' (PDF, 775Kb), a guide from the Department of Transport.

You can either:

  1. Apply online via the Gov.uk website.  Your application will then be forwarded on to the Blue Badge Team in Cumbria to assess and process.

  2. Complete our Blue Badge Application Form (PDF 1.03MB).
    The application form can either be completed online and returned via email, or printed and returned via post.

    Ensure all relevant sections are completed including the declaration.
    Applicants should also use the 'Supporting Document Checklist' (Section 6) to ensure you provide all of the required supporting documentation, including proof of address, identity and a recent photograph.

    Application forms can also be collected from any County Council Office or any Cumbria Library.

  3. Contact AgeUK who can provide support to Cumbrian residents to complete Blue Badge applications, find your local AgeUK office.

Badges are issued for a 3 year period. Should you wish to renew your badge you can apply up to six weeks in advance of the expiry date shown on your badge.

To submit your renewal request you can either:

  1. Apply online via the Gov.uk website.  Your application will then be forwarded on to the Blue Badge Team in Cumbria to assess and process.

  2. Complete our Blue Badge Application Form (PDF 1.03MB).
    The application form can either be completed online and returned via email, or printed and returned via post.

    Ensure all relevant sections are completed including the declaration.
    Applicants should also use the 'Supporting Document Checklist' (Section 6) to ensure you provide all of the required supporting documentation, including proof of address, identity and a new recent photograph.

    Application forms can also be collected from any County Council Office or any Cumbria Library.

  3. Contact AgeUK who can provide support to Cumbrian residents to complete Blue Badge applications, find your local AgeUK office.

If your Blue Badge has been lost or stolen and expires within the next 12 months, you should apply for a new Blue Badge. See 'How to apply for a Blue Badge'.

  1. Report a lost or stolen Blue Badge online via the Gov.uk website. Your application form will then be forwarded on to the Blue Badge Team in Cumbria to assess and process.

  2. Complete our Lost or stolen Blue Badge application form (PDF 224KB).
    The application form can either be completed online and returned via email, or printed and returned via post.

    Please ensure all sections are completed including the declaration.

    Applicants should also use the 'Supporting Document Checklist' (Section 2) to ensure you provide all of the required supporting documentation, including proof of address and identity.

    Application forms can also be collected from any County Council Office or any Cumbria Library.

Blue Badges are only issued to people who have very considerable difficulty walking, but Cumbria County Council have included a concession to assist people who have a life limiting condition with a poor pronosis (unlikely to be longer than 6 months). Life Limited badges are issued for a period of 6 months only.

If you, or a person you are supporting, is suffering from a life limiting illness please complete the following application form for a Blue Badge. People who have a life limiting condition will normally have been issued with a DS1500. A DS1500 is short report about a person's medical condition; we are advised that they are available from a doctor, specialist or consultant. You must submit a copy of the report with your application form.

Life Limited Blue Badge application form (PDF 215KB)

An organisational badge may be issued to organisations which both;

  • Cares for and transports disabled people who would themselves meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for an individual Blue Badge; and

  • Has a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the personal Blue Badges of people it is transporting

Before applying we suggest you refer to the Organisational Blue Badge Guidance Notes (PDF 255KB) which also includes frequently asked questions.

To apply for an organisational Blue Badge, you can either;

  1. Apply online via the Gov.uk website. Your application form will then be forwarded on to the Blue Badge Team in Cumbria to assess and process.

  2. Complete our Organisational Blue Badge Application Form (PDF 255KB). The application form can either be completed online and returned via email, or printed and returned via post.

Please ensure all sections are completed including the declaration.
Applicants should also use the 'Supporting Document Checklist' (Section 3) to ensure you provide all of the required supporting documentation.

If your application has been refused, you can ask us to reconsider the decision in writing within 28 days. You can include any further information which may support a successful application. You will be asked to attend a mobility assessment with a physiotherapist. A decision may take longer if further evidence is required.

If the decision remains not to award a Blue Badge, we'll write to you with a full explanation. Whether the review is successful or not, the decision is final.

Please note: The rules about eligibility for a blue badge have changed considerably. Even if you've been issued with a Blue Badge in the past, this does not mean you will be issued one again.

By reading:

Please see the Department for Transport's booklet  'Can I Get a Blue Badge?' (PDF, 775Kb).