Apply for a disabled parking space

A disabled persons’ parking place is an area marked on the road to show that the space has been reserved for a disabled person. These marked areas are for blue badge holders who have a car and need to park close to their home. Although usually requested by a single applicant, disabled parking bays are available for the use of any vehicle which is legally displaying a valid disabled persons’ badge and should not considered as personal parking spaces for the applicant.

Who can apply?

The Disabled Persons' Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009 states that any person who meets the qualifying criteria may apply for a disabled persons’ parking place to be installed on the public road network, in close proximity to their property. The qualifying criteria are as follows:

  • The applicant must be a Blue Badge holder.
  • The applicant must not have access to private off-street parking facilities (for example, a driveway, garage or lockup).
  • There must be a vehicle registered and kept at the same address as that of the applicant.
  • If the application is an organisation, the vehicle must be registered at the same address as the organisation and is to be used by, or on behalf of the organisation to carry disabled persons.

What happens after I submit my application?

Due to the volume of applications received, it may take Council officers up to four weeks to assess your application. If your application is unsuccessful you will receive a letter from Aberdeen City Council detailing the reasons for this. If your application is successful Council officers will undertake a site visit to your address to determine the most appropriate place to locate a disabled persons’ parking place. Please note that bays cannot be placed on main roads, where parking is prohibited/discouraged within the Highway Code or in other locations which could cause an obstruction. Aberdeen City Council is also unable to provide bays on private roads or grounds.

Once a suitable location is identified, officers will make arrangements for an advisory disabled parking bay to be marked onto the road surface. After lines have been installed, the parking bay will be added to a list to be included in a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO), which is a piece of secondary legislation concluded by a local authority to provide the regulatory force that will make its provisions enforceable. The TRO will be advertised in local press and there will be a chance for anyone to object to the formalisation of these bays if they feel it is necessary. Once the TRO is finalised, City Wardens can take enforcement action, should they feel that the bays are being utilised illegally. The statutory process for making a TRO can take up to one year to complete.

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