The Blue Badge scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme is for people with:

  • Severe walking difficulties who travel either as drivers or passengers.
  • Registered blind people.
  • People with very severe upper limb disabilities who regularly drive a vehicle but cannot turn a steering wheel by hand.
  • Mental disorder or cognitive impairment (Pilot)

The scheme allows badge holders to park closer to their destination, but the national concessions apply only to on-street parking.

You can also find out more by downloading our guide:

 

The quickest and easiest way to apply is using the online facility at mygov.scot

Applications can also be completed at the Customer Access Points:

You can also download a copy of the application form.

This should be submitted to:

Communities, Housing and Infrastructure
Aberdeen City Council
Business Hub 11
Second Floor West
Marischal College
Broad Street
Aberdeen
AB10 1AB

Aberdeen City Council charge £20.00 for each Blue Badge issued whether it is for a new badge or for the renewal of an expired one. Please do not include cash or cheques with your application. If your application is successful we will contact you to arrange payment. Once we receive payment, your badge will be issued.

If you suspect a Blue Badge is being misused you can report it online.

It has come to the attention of Aberdeen City Council that there is a scam website offering to help people apply for a Blue Badge for £49.

The scam website requires you to pay the £49 up-front for which the information that is provided is not passed on to Aberdeen City Council. Applicants who have used this scam have then innocently went to track their application and find that it is non existent. You will then have to apply to the council and still be required to pay the £20 fee if your application is successful.

If you have any doubts about a website or your application, contact the Blue Badge Team to get more information or advice about the Blue Badge scheme on 03000 200 292

Blue Badge Team
Business Hub 11
Second Floor West
Marischal College
Broad Street
Aberdeen 
AB10 1AB

03000 200 292
disabledbadges@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Can I have more than one badge?

No. Only one badge is issued per person. If you regularly travel in more than one car it is the badge holders responsibility to move the badge from car to car.

Do I need to re-apply and fill out a new application form every time my current badge is due to expire and I wish to renew it?

Yes, you need to fill out an application form every time you wish to renew your current badge. The reason you need to re-apply is that we are required by law to reassess every applicant and to determine if they are still eligible for a Blue Badge, under the Scheme criteria. Reassessment will also reduce the risk of fraudulent misuse.

How will I know when to renew my Blue Badge?

You will receive a reminder approximately three months before your Blue Badge is due to expire and it is the badge holder/care giver's responsibility to apply for a new badge in good time, if you wish to renew your badge.

Why must I be assessed if I do not qualify automatically and how will I know if I need to go for a Further Assessment?

If you don't qualify automatically, don't worry. You will be assessed by an Occupational Therapist who is independent of your current care to determine if you are eligible. You may be required to undergo a physical assessment. Once the Blue Badge team have received your application along with all the necessary documentation and have carried out all the appropriate checks, they will then forward your application to an Occupational Therapist for assessment. Once it has been forwarded, you will be sent a letter confirming this. It will also let you know how long you may have to wait for an assessment, based on current waiting times, and explaining the assessment process.

Once I've made a payment, how long will it take for me to receive my new Blue Badge?

Once payment has been received by the Blue Badge team, please allow 5-10 working days for your new badge to reach you by post to your home address. It can also be picked up in person at Marischal College. Please be aware that if you currently hold a Blue Badge and have already made payment for your next badge, we can only issue your new one a maximum of 1 month before your current badge is due to expire.

I don't hold a Blue Badge but I go on errands for a badge holder. Can I use their badge to park close by?

No. The badge is for the badge holder's use and benefit only. It may only be displayed if the badge holder is travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger. See the Rights and Responsibilities link on the Blue Badge home page to find out more. It is fraudulent to use a Blue Badge if you are not the Blue Badge holder. Anyone caught using the badge fraudulently may be reported to the Procurator Fiscal and may incur a fine of up to £1,000.

I don't drive any more. Can I still apply for a Blue Badge?

Yes. The Blue Badge is for all disabled persons who are eligible, not just disabled persons who can drive.

I have a Blue Badge and neighbours consistently park in front of my property. What can I do?

There is no law stating that Blue Badge holders should be allowed to park outside their own property on a public road. Therefore, please rely on the common courtesy of your neighbours. If you have a Blue Badge you can apply for a parking space closer to your residence. Please contact Disabled Parking Provision on 01224 522319 for further information or follow the Disabled Parking Space Provision link on the Blue Badge home page for more information.

What do I do if I think a Badge is being misused?

Please contact the Blue Badge team on 03000 200 292 and give us as much information as you can, for example; the name and address of the person misusing the badge (if possible), the badge number, and where you saw the misuse occur. We will investigate all reports of misuse. You can also contact City Wardens direct on 03000 200 292 who will be able to investigate an offence you think is taking place. We will not be able to tell you the results of our investigations because of data protection legislation.

What do I do if my Blue Badge is lost or stolen?

You can apply to replace a lost badge using the Reporting a lost or stolen Blue Badge link on the Blue Badge home page. Alternatively, you can contact the Blue Badge team on 03000 200 292.


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