The scheme is designed to help disabled people who have severe mobility problems lead independent lives by knowing that when they reach a destination, either as a driver or passenger, that they will be able to park near to a venue and therefore have easier access to the services they want to use. It isn’t to provide free parking.
The Blue Badge parking concessions only allow badge holders to park on street. They don’t apply to off street privately operated car parks, such as supermarket car parks or on privately owned roads, such as those you find at airports. There may, however be special concessions for badge holders in these areas and you should check for signs detailing these. It allows on street, free parking without time restriction, where it is safe to do so.
The advantages of applying online:
Applicants should be aware that non-affiliated websites exist and charge fees of up to £49 for assistance. These are not associated with the Blue Badge Scheme.
You can also contact us using the details below to ask us to send an application form to you.
We aim to process Blue Badges within 28 working days. We will let you know that we have received your paper or online application. If your application is approved you will receive notification regarding payment and delivery. If your application is refused you can ask us to review the decision. You should do this within four weeks of receipt of your refusal letter to the address shown in the letter.
There is a £20 fee for a new Blue Badge, a reapplication or a lost or stolen Blue Badge. We will contact you to let you know when your badge is approved and how to pay.
You can pay by debit / credit card at the Speirs Centre and by debit/ credit card by phone or online.
You can find more information on eligibility and on how the Blue Badge scheme works on the Transport Scotland Blue Badge page.
If you hold a Blue Badge please check your Blue Badge Rights and Responsibilities which also explains the consequences for Blue Badge misuse.
The Scottish LEZ Blue Badge Exemption System is now live for personal Blue Badge holders to register their vehicles for a LEZ exemption. Vehicle Checker is now live on the official LEZ website which allows members of the public to enter their vehicle registration number to check if their vehicle will comply with LEZ standards.
Please check 'Using a Blue Badge in the European Union' for information on using your Blue Badge in the EU.
You can find information here on Scottish Public Service Ombudsman
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 450000