If you are a Blue Badge holder and need to park your car close to your home, you may be eligible for a disabled person's parking space.
Disabled parking spaces are available for the use of any vehicle which is legally displaying a valid disabled person's badge. It is not your personal parking space, even if you are the one who applied for it.
Who can apply?
To qualify for a disabled parking space near your property, you must:
- Be a Blue Badge holder.
- Not have access to private off-street parking facilities (for example, a driveway, garage or lockup).
- Have a vehicle registered and kept at your address.
If you are applying as an organisation, the vehicle must be registered at the address of the organisation it is used by or on behalf of to carry disabled persons.
Owing to the ongoing effects of the pandemic and necessary restrictions there may be delays in assessing and implementing new spaces. We understand the importance of these spaces to applicants and will try deal with all requests as quickly as possible.
What happens after I submit my application?
It may take us up to four weeks to assess your application.
If your application is unsuccessful we will write to you to explain why.
If your application is successful we will visit your address to decide the most appropriate place for the parking space. We cannot put the space in any of these places:
- On a main road.
- Anywhere parking is prohibited or discouraged in the Highway Code.
- Anywhere it could cause an obstruction.
- On private roads or grounds.
Once we have identified a suitable location, we mark out an advisory disabled parking space on the road. Once this has been done, the parking space will be included in a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) which will make it legally enforceable.
The TRO will be advertised in the local press, and anyone who wants to object to the disabled parking space being made permanent can do so.
Once the TRO is finalised, the City Wardens can take enforcement action if the parking space is being used illegally. It can take up for a year for the TRO to be put in place.