Blue Badges

The Blue Badge Scheme is a service that allows people with permanent and substantial mobility problems to park close to where they need to go. The applicant may be the driver or passenger. However, the Blue Badge Scheme has also been extended to include those with cognitive impairments.

How do I know if I am eligible for a Blue Badge?

You can check if you might be eligible for a Blue Badge by completing the online pre-eligibility check.

Check your eligibility online>>

There are different types of eligibility:

  1. Automatic - requires an interview
  2. Discretionary - requires an interview/ further evidence
  3. Cognitive Impairment - requires an interview/ further evidence

You can read more about the types of eligibility here.

If eligible, what evidence do I need to provide?

If you are eligible through any of the 3 types of eligibility listed above, then you will need to attend an interview in person with one document from each of the following categories:

Category of Evidence   Examples

 Supporting Letter

(Automatic eligibility only)

Disability Living Allowance/ Higher Rate Mobility Component (DLAHRMC) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) letter

Supporting Medical Evidence

(Discretionary & Cognitive Impairment eligibility)

Evidence already in your possession that clearly states what your permanent medical condition or cognitive impairment is, and how it supports your application for a Blue Badge

Proof of Identification

(Discretionary, Cognitive Impairment & Automatic eligibility)

Passport, Driving Licence, Marriage/ Divorce Certificate, Birth/ Adoption Certificate, Certificate of British Nationality, Bus Pass
Proof of Residency

(Discretionary, Cognitive Impairment & Automatic eligibility)

Council Tax bill, Utility bill, Driving Licence, Payslip, P60 - must show your home address
National Insurance Number

(Discretionary, Cognitive Impairment & Automatic eligibility)

This can be found on a Payslip/ P60/ Letter from the DWP/ National Insurance Card

You will also need a standard Passport photograph of yourself to support your application.  If you do not have an up-to-date photo, then one can be taken and provided for you at your interview, for a charge of £5.


Interviews take place at either of the One Stop Shops.  There is one at Port Talbot Civic Centre and one at Neath Civic Centre.  You can attend whichever is most convenient for you.

There is no appointment necessary at either of the One Stop Shops. 

Where can I Park?

The blue badge scheme is not a licence to just park anywhere. There are many locations that you are not allowed to park under any circumstances so you are advised to check about local arrangements.

In general, the scheme allows parking benefits as follows as long as your valid blue badge is on display:

Badge holders may park free of charge without time limit at parking meters and 'pay and display' on-street parking unless a local traffic order specifying a time limit for holders or blue badges is in force.  There are no concessions for Blue Badge holders who park in any of the Council owned car parks.

Badge holders may be exempt from limits on parking times imposed on other users. You are advised to check local information.

Badge holders may usually park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours in England and Wales or without a time limit in Scotland except where there is a ban on loading or unloading and at a few locations where local schemes apply i.e. Central London.

Special rules for children

If you’re a parent of a child who is younger than three years old, you may also apply for a Blue Badge. Your child must have a specific medical condition which means that they either:

  • must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which is very difficult to carry around
  • need to be kept near a vehicle at all times to get emergency treatment for a condition when necessary

Organisational Blue Badge

A Blue Badge may be issued to an Organisation for a Motor Vehicle that is to be used to transport disabled people who have a PERMANENT and SUBSTANTIAL disability and who would themselves be eligible for a Blue Badge.

A badge will be issued to an Organisation if they have vehicles licensed under Disabled Passenger Vehicle (DPV) taxation class.

The application must be made in person by the Manager/Deputy Manager of the Organisation at one of the One Stop Shops.

  • In all circumstances, badges will be issued to the Organisation and not the named individuals.
  • If only a few people within the Organisation meet the eligibility criteria for a Blue Badge, it would be preferable for the disabled people themselves to apply for individual badges, rather than have one issued to an Organisation. This then allows the holder to use their badge in any vehicle in which they are travelling.

In order to process the application for an Organisational Blue Badge we will need the following:

  • Copy of Tax exemption re DPV or letter of confirmation from DVLA (if applicable)
  • £10 fee per badge (cheques should be made payable to NPTCBC)

If your application is turned down

If your application is turned down we will tell you why and, you can ask us to reconsider your case if you are able to provide the relevant supporting medical evidence. You can also re-apply if your mobility problems become more serious, but, we will not consider a new application within 6 months of your last application unless your mobility has deteriorated significantly.

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Last Updated: 01.10.2015 at 14:36

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