How long is the Blue Badge valid for? Open or Close
Blue badges are usually issued for 3 years.
If your badge was issued by Nottingham City Council, we will write to you approximately 6 weeks before your badge is about to expire to remind you to re-apply for a new one.
Who can use the Blue Badge? Open or Close
The Blue Badge is issued to a person, not a vehicle. This means the badge holder may use the concessions whenever he/she travels as a driver or passenger, regardless of who owns the vehicle.
Only the Blue Badge holder may use the concessions, so the Badge holder must be in the vehicle when the concession is being claimed.
It is a criminal offence for someone other than the badge holder to use the Blue Badge concessions. If they do, they are liable to a fine of up to £1,000. The Blue Badge can be withdrawn if the holder misuses it or allows others to use it.
Please see the Blue Badge Misuse/Abuse and Enforcement information page.
What happens if I move? Open or Close
You may continue to use your existing Blue Badge.
If you've moved away from Nottingham City Council, you will need to apply to your new local authority for a new badge when your current badge expires.
What happens if my Badge is lost or stolen? Open or Close
You should report the matter to the Police - Blue Badges are valuable in the wrong hands. They will supply a crime number or a lost property reference. You will then need to contact the Blue Badge team on 0115 8761499 option 4 and report the incident to them. You will be asked to fill in a Badge Replacement Form that will be sent to you. There will be an administration fee of £10.00 for any replacement badge. You will also need to provide a replacement photograph that has been taken within the last month.
Where can I Park? Open or Close
You may park using your Blue Badge in the following locations:-
Designated Disabled Parking Bays
(example of disabled bay sign)
You may park for free. Unless signs say otherwise, you may park without time limit.
You must display the Blue Badge (and the blue parking clock if the bay is time limited).
Always try to use these bays instead of parking on yellow lines.
Pay and Display Parking Bays
(example of pay and display sign)
Badge holders may park for free and for as long as they need to. You must display the Blue Badge.
Parking on Yellow Lines
(example of yellow lines)
Badge holders may park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours but in general not where there are restrictions on loading or unloading - indicated by yellow kerb dashes and/or signs on plates. (You may wish to check whether a particular local authority has chosen to exempt Blue Badge holders from this restriction.) Where local schemes apply, such as those that apply in parts of central London (see page 27 of your Blue Badge Rights and Responsibilities handbook), you should check the rules for that area.
You must display the Blue Badge and the blue parking clock showing the quarter hour period during which you arrived.
Time restricted Parking Bays
(example of time restricted parking bay sign)
You may park for an unlimited period within these marked bays, whilst your badge is on display.
Where you must not Park Open or Close
Information on where your Blue Badge is NOT valid for parking is detailed in the Blue Badge Scheme: rights and responsibilities in England booklet that was sent to you when you received your Badge. If you need further copies, please see the PDF copy below:-
The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere. You must NOT park during the time a ban on loading or unloading is in force (normally indicated by one or two yellow marks on the kerb at the times shown on post mounted plates).
However, in pedestrian areas, waiting and loading restrictions may be in force even where there are no yellow lines shown on the road or kerb. Details of any restrictions in force will be shown on plates displayed at the kerb side of the road. You must NOT park in the following places:
- where there are double white lines in the centre of the road even if one of the lines is broken,
- in a bus or tram lane during its hours of operation
- in a cycle lane
- on any clearway, double or single red lines during their hours of operation
- on all pedestrian crossings - including Zebra, Pelican, Toucan and Puffin crossings
- on zig-zag markings before and after Zebra, Pelican, Toucan and Puffin crossings
- in parking places reserved for specific users, e.g. loading bays, taxis, cycles
- where temporary restrictions on parking are in force along a length of road e.g. as indicated by no-waiting cones
- on a residents parking bay, unless there are signs showing that you may do so, or you have checked with the local authority Highways Department that you may do so
- in suspended Pay and Display meter bays or when use of the meter or bay is prohibited
- on school keep clear markings during the hours shown on a yellow no- stopping plate
You must NOT park where it would be obstructive or cause a danger to others. The following are likely examples:
- at school entrances, bus stops, on a bend, or near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
- where it would make it difficult for others to see clearly, eg close to a junction
- where it would make the road narrow, eg by a traffic island or where road work is in progress
- where it would hold up traffic, eg in narrow stretches of road or blocking vehicle entrances
- where emergency vehicles stop or go in and out, eg hospital entrances
- where the kerb has been lowered or the road raised to form a pedestrian crossing
- on a pavement unless signs permit it
How Should I Display My Blue Badge Correctly? Open or Close
When using the parking concessions you must display the badge on the dashboard or facia panel, where it can be clearly read through the front windscreen. If there is no dashboard or facia panel in your vehicle, you must still display the badge in a place where it can be clearly read from outside the vehicle. The front of the badge should face upwards, showing the wheelchair symbol. The side showing the photograph should not be visible through the windscreen. You must also ensure that the details on the front of the badge remain legible. If they become unreadable through fading or wear and tear, you must return the badge to your local authority so they can issue you with a new one. Displaying a badge that is illegible may result in a Penalty.
Blind people need to ensure that people displaying the badge or clock on their behalf understand how to display them correctly.
Incorrect display of the badge may result in a Penalty.
Enforcement Open or Close
For information about misuse and abuse of the Blue Badge scheme, please click the link below:
Can I use a non British Blue Badge? Open or Close
When visiting Nottingham City it may be possible to use a Blue Badge issued in another country. For further information please contact Nottingham City Council directly in the following ways:
Online: Online enquiry form