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Warning: It has come to our attention that there are a number of third party websites charging up to £50 and more to process Blue Badge applications. Please avoid these and use only the official form, where if you meet the eligibility criteria for a blue badge you will only be charged £10.

The Blue Badge scheme provides a range of parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems who have difficulty using public transport. The badge enables holders to park close to where they need to go. The scheme operates throughout the UK, and is administered by Birmingham City Council who deal with applications and issue badges in Birmingham.

To Apply for a Blue Badge online visit www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge, or ring 0121 738 2656 to request an application form.

It is taking 4-6 weeks to process applications, so it is important that you complete the forms correctly, and send in the correct documents.

Please note that depending on the criteria under which you are applying, you may be asked to undergo an independent mobility assessment. You should apply in good time before your old badge expires to allow sufficient time for us to deal with your application and to order a new badge from the Blue Badge Improvement Service.

Once applications are assessed and approved, badges are issued by the Blue Badge Improvement Scheme (BBIS) and posted directly to you. Once approved, you should receive your Blue Badge within 5-7 working days.

If you have had a blue badge application turned down you can make an appeal within 10 days of receiving your decision.

If you would like to make an online appeal please complete the form by clicking on the link above, alternatively you can write in to Blue Badge Appeals Team, Occupational Therapy Services, Po Box 15538, Birmingham, B2 2PR.

If you have submitted an appeal and wish to check the progress please call 0121 303 1760, please note your appeal can take up to 14 days to be dealt with.

If you think that someone is abusing or misusing a Blue Badge, for example by using a badge that doesn't belong to them, let the Highways Enforcement Team know by completing the form above.

If you wish to speak to an Occupational Therapist (OT) about your Blue Badge Appeal please call 0121 303 1760.

Essential Information
  • Who automatically qualifies for a Blue Badge?

    Anyone over two years old automatically qualify for a Blue Badge if they live in Birmingham and meet one of the following conditions:

    • They receive the higher-rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
    • Receives 8 points or more under the 'moving around' activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
    • They are registered blind
    • They are in receipt of War Pensioner’s Mobility supplement.
    • They have received a lump sum benefit from armed forces and reserved forces compensation scheme (within tariff levels 1-8). They must also have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.

    Other people who may qualify for a Blue Badge (Discretionary applications)

    If you do not automatically qualify, your eligibility will need to be assessed by the council. We will decide if you can have a Blue Badge. We might also ask you to be assessed by an independent mobility assessor, like an Occupational Therapist. Anyone over two years old may be eligible for a Blue Badge, if they either:

    • Have a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
    • Drive a motor vehicle regularly and have a severe disability in both arms, making it very difficult or impossible to operate parking meters.

    Requests are never made to the GP to confirm an applicant’s medical condition.

  • Parents of a child who is younger than three years old may apply for a badge for their child, If a child has a specific medical condition which means the child must:

    • Always be accompanied by medical equipment
    • Be kept near a vehicle at all times, so that the child can, if needed, be treated in the vehicle or quickly driven to a place where they can be treated
  • An organisation can apply for a Blue Badge if it provides transport for people with disabilities who by themselves would qualify for a Blue Badge. It is unlikely that community transport operators, taxi or private hire operators would be eligible since they are not responsible for the care of disabled people. Such operators are, of course, able to use an individual’s Blue Badge when carrying that person as a passenger.

  • If you have been refused a badge, it may be because you did not provide adequate evidence of your eligibility.

    If you disagree with the assessor’s decision, you may appeal and ask if your application can be looked at again.

    If you would like to appeal please complete the blue badge appeals form.

  • If you have had a blue badge application turned down you can make an appeal within 10 working days of receiving your decision.

    If you would like to make an online appeal please complete the form by clicking on the link above, alternatively you can write in to Blue Badge Appeals Team, Occupational Therapy Services, PoBox 15538, Birmingham, B2 2PR.

    If you have submitted an appeal and wish to check the progress please call 0121 303 1760, please note your appeal can take up to 14 days to be dealt with.

    If the decision remains not to award a Blue Badge, the OT Manager will write to you with a full explanation. The Manager's decision is final.

  • You can reapply if your circumstances change: this can include starting to receive the Higher rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance, or becoming registered blind.

    Other reasons for not issuing a Blue Badge:

    Under Department for Transport regulations, we may refuse to issue a Blue Badge if:

    • You hold or have held a badge and misuse has led to at least three relevant convictions.
    • You fail to provide us with adequate evidence of your eligibility, either as an individual or organisation.
    • You fail to pay the fee.
    • We believe you are not the applicant you are claiming to be
    • We believe the applicant would permit use of the badge by another person to whom the badge was not issued.
  • Birmingham City Council – Blue Badge
    0121 738 2656

    Centro
    0121 214 7214

    Parking Section
    0121 464 7474

    Highways Control Room
    0121 303 6644

    DVLA
    0300 790 6802

    Occupational Therapy Team
    0121 303 1760

  • You will need to provide proofs from the following list. Full details of proofs can be found on the Blue Badge Application Form. For details on how to provide your proof please see link to 'Providing Proofs'.

    • Photograph
    • Council Tax bill
    • Birth certificate/Adoption certificate
    • Civil Partnership/Dissolution certificate
    • Current passport
    • Marriage/Divorce certificate
    • Valid driving license
    • Award letter confirming receipt of tariffs 1-8 (inclusive) under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme
    • Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI)/BD8 form
    • Child treatment healthcare professional letter
    • Entitlement letter to Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance
    • People who meet a 'Moving Around' descriptor for the Mobility Component of Personal Indepence Payment (PIP)
    • Entitlement letter to War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
    • Insurance Certificate
    • Tax discs
Frequently Asked Questions
    • The quickest and easiest way to complete an application is online at www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge.

      If you do not have access to the internet then please call 0121 738 2656.

    • The fee is £10.

    • If you have a Blue Badge call the Highways Team on 0121 303 6644. If you do not have a Blue Badge, you must apply for a Blue Badge first.

    • You must call DVLA on 0300 790 6802.

    • Call Centro on 0121 200 2700 and speak to the Disabled section.

    • No, Blue Badges that have expired must not be used. Anyone found doing so will receive a fine.

    • You can complete the appeal form on-line which will have a selection of options you can choose to categorise the grounds of your appeal (i.e. medical, change in benefits etc). Alternatively, you can write in to Blue Badge Appeals Team, Occupational Therapy Services, Po Box 15538, Birmingham, B2 2PR.

    • When assessing the appeal the OT will use the eligibility criteria, the information on the application form, the assessment and any new evidence supplied in support of the appeal, to assess if you meet the criteria for a blue badge. If the decision remains not to award a Blue Badge, the OT Manager will write to the customer with a full explanation. The Manager's decision is final.


    • Yes, you can reapply again if your circumstances change, or you start to receive the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance People who meet a ‘Moving Around’ descriptor for the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), or become registered blind.

    • If you haven't been able to find the information that you need, then the link below will take you to a form that you can use to ask further questions.

      Service Specific Enquiry
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