Clackmannanshire Council has been made aware of websites who charge Blue Badge applicants for assistance in completing their application form. These websites are not affiliated to or recognised by the Council. If you are applying online please go to https://bluebadge.direct.gov.uk/bluebadge/.
The Blue Badge Scheme is a national arrangement of parking concessions for people with severe walking disabilities who travel as either drivers or passengers to park near shops, stations and other facilities. The Scheme also applies to people who are registered as blind, and people with a severe disability in both arms and who drive a vehicle regularly and have considerable difficulty operating parking meters. People with certain diagnosed mental disorders or cognitive impairments may also be eligible for a blue badge. Further information on this is available below.
The Blue Badge is recognised throughout the UK and Europe.
An applicant can get a badge if they meet the qualifying criteria in one of the following categories:
If an applicant does not qualify for a Blue Badge under the 'eligible without further assessment' category, they may be invited to attend a mobility assessment carried out by an independent mobility assessor to establish the extent of their mobility impairment and whether this meets the criteria for the issue of a badge.
Transport Scotland has recently released new guidance, which opens the door for people with mental disorders and cognitive impairments to apply.
Only those most in need will be eligible. This is defined as "people, who as a result of a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment, have no awareness of danger from traffic and are likely to compromise their safety, or the safety of others." Following a pilot scheme in 2017, the Scottish Government have now made this a permanent eligibility criteria.
There is a separate application form for this Scheme and is open to those who qualify and can produce evidence and support from a healthcare professional (excluding a GP) or a registered Social Worker. For more information or to request an application form please call 01259 452583. Please note the blue badge cannot be applied for online under this criteria and you cannot apply for this scheme using the standard application form. Application forms can only be requested by telephoning the Council on 01259 452583.
If an applicant thinks they may be eligible for a Blue Badge please download, print, complete and return an application form or contact us using the details below:
Public Transport Unit
Development & Environment Services
3rd Floor 1936 Building
Or telephone: 01259 450 000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a form to be sent.
For those applying under the mental disorder or congnitive impairment criteria can only obtain a form by telephone at present.
You also can apply online at the DirectScot Blue Badge page.
The Blue Badge application should be enclosed with one recent colour passport sized photograph clearly showing the applicant's face so that they can be easily identified. The photograph must have the applicant's name clearly written on the back.
There is a £20 badge issue fee that applies to all successful Blue Badges issued whether new, renewed or replaced (for lost or stolen).
You can now pay for your Blue Badge online via the Council's Online Payment web page or by phoning 01259 450000 with your credit/debit card details. The Blue Badge Payment Reference number should be quoted with all payments.
Badge holders may park free of charge and without time limit at parking meters on-street and pay-and-display on-street parking unless a local traffic order, specify a time limit for holders of disabled parking badges is in force. The Blue Badge must be displayed.
Misuse of a Blue Badge is a serious offence.
Organisational badges will only be issued to an organisation which:
Download the Organisational Blue Badge application form with guidance notes.
To check if an applicant may be eligible for a Blue Badge please see the links below:
Applicants who are refused a Blue Badge may believe that their application has been wrongly refused and wish to query that decision. If the applicant thinks the decision is wrong, write to the address below providing full details of your request to review your application. However, unless additional information can be provided to support a review of your application it is unlikely that the decision will be overturned.
If a badge has been lost or stolen this must be reported to the Police. A lost Property Report Number or Crime Reference Number is required to complete the form.
If the badge has been damaged please give full explanation of the circumstances in which the damage occurred and return the damaged badge along with the completed lost, stolen or damaged badge form.
There is a £20 badge issue fee for a replacement badge.
Download the Lost, Stolen or Damaged badge application form.
From 1 January 2012, the process for issuing Blue Badges in Scotland, England and Wales has changed. The reform is intended to ensure fair allocation of badges to those most in need, to reduce fraud and to ease the ever-increasing demand on disabled parking spaces.
The main changes that will affect applicants are:
For more information, please refer to the Department of Transport's page on the Blue Badge Scheme.
Roads, Traffic & Transportation
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000