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Blue Badge parking permit

If you have mobility problems, a Blue Badge parking permit will enable you to park in disabled parking bays in town centres and car parks.

Apply or renew a Blue Badge online

To apply for or renew your blue badge you will need:

  • an electronic photograph of yourself
  • your National Insurance (NI) number
  • an email address
  • proof of your address, such as a council tax bill
  • proof of who you are, such as a passport or birth certificate
  • proof of any benefit that proves you qualify

If you are renewing your badge, please remember to apply at least 6 weeks before your current one expires to make sure you get your new one in time.

GOV.UK: Apply for or renew a Blue Badge

Can I get a Blue Badge?

You are eligible for a Blue Badge if you:

  • are severely sight impaired
  • get Personal Independence Payment (PIP) under the Moving Around Section - 8 points
  • get the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • get the War Pensioners Mobility Supplement
  • receive a benefit from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

You may also be able to get a blue badge if you:

  • drive and have a severe disability in both arms
  • have a permanent disability which means you can't walk or it's very difficult to walk
  • are a parent or carer applying for a badge for a child under 3
  • are terminally ill

If you have severe difficulty walking, you may need to be assessed by an Occupational Therapist.

Blue Badges may also be available for organisations that care for and transport disabled people, who would themselves meet one or more of the eligibility criteria.

To find out if you, or the person you're applying on behalf of can get a Blue Badge, answer a few questions about your disability at:

GOV.UK: Apply for or renew a blue badge 

Or, you can view a list of eligibility criteria at Citizen's Advice: Applying for a blue badge.

People with hidden disabilities

The Department for Transport has recently announced plans to introduce new criteria for Blue Badges affecting people with "hidden disabilities" including autism and mental health conditions.

From next year, those with less immediately obvious illnesses will be able to apply for a badge allowing them to park closer to their destinations as those with physical disabilities, but the criteria that Local Authorities will follow has yet to be announced by the Department for Transport.

At present, we will continue to work within the definitions provided by Department for Transport guidance until new eligibility is confirmed. 

Other ways to apply and renew

The quickest way to apply for or renew a Blue Badge is online, either by yourself or with assistance from a family member, friend or the support listed at the bottom of this page.

However if you need to complete a paper form instead, you can: 

Then return your completed application form together with the relevant supporting information. 

Sending us your documents

As well as your application form, you will need to send us some supporting information. 

Please send scanned or photocopied documents only - we may not be able to return any original documents sent to us.

You must send all these documents together by post to: Let's Talk Blue Badges, Clarendon, Windmill Way, Hebburn, Tyne & Wear, NE31 1AT

If you prefer to email your information, this must be done securely. Please email us before sending any of your personal information, and we'll reply to your email with a secure link. Email us on: BlueBadge@southtyneside.gov.uk

We cannot process your application until we receive all documentation.

Cost and how to pay

If your application is approved, a fee of £10 will be charged for your Blue Badge, which can be paid by telephone or cheque.

Please do not send payment with the application form.

Details of how to make this payment will be provided in the letter we send you, confirming if your application has been approved.

How long will it take for me to receive my Blue Badge?

Your Blue Badge will be sent to you direct from the Department for Transport 10 to 14 working days after receipt of payment.

If you are renewing your badge, please remember to apply at least 6 weeks before your current one expires to make sure you get your new one in time.

If your application is refused

We will tell you why you are not entitled for a Blue Badge.

You can ask us to reconsider your case if you don't think all the important information you provided was taken into account.

You can also re-apply if your mobility problems become more serious. 

Lost or stolen badges

If you have lost your blue badge permit, please report it to the Let's Talk Blue Badges team on 0191 424 6000, or email BlueBadge@southtyneside.gov.uk

Need help to access the online form?

If you already have an email address and you are able to use a computer, but don't have access to one, you can pop into the following places and use our equipment to complete your online application:

  • South Shields Town Hall
  • Jarrow Town Hall
  • The Word
  • Cleadon Park Library
  • Hebburn Central

If you are unsure about using a computer and would like help to complete your application or renewal, the following places can support you with getting online, filling in the form, and can take your digital photograph too.

Age Concern Tyneside South (ACTS) provides a wide range of opportunities to enable people over 50 to understand and engage in digital technology.

Telephone: 0191 456 6903 or email info@ac-ts.org.uk

Or go to their website for more information: ACTS: Digital inclusion

Blissability runs digital drop in sessions for people to learn more about using online services.

Telephone: 0191 427 1666 or go to their website for more information: Blissability: Digital inclusion

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