The Cheshire East Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme is a national arrangement of parking concessions for people with severe walking difficulties who travel either as drivers or passengers. The scheme also applies to people who are registered blind or severely sight impaired, and people with very severe disabilities in both arms who regularly drive a vehicle but cannot operate or have considerable difficulty in operating all or some types of parking meter. It allows badge holders to park close to their destination, but the national concessions apply only to on-street parking.

Where are Blue Badge Parking Bays?

For information about blue badge parking bays in Cheshire East check out the Car Parks Town by Town section.

Blue badge holders may be eligible to have a disabled parking bay outside their house. If  you are a blue badge holder and would like to be assessed for eligibility for this service contact adult social care

Do I qualify for a Blue Badge?

If any of the following apply to you then you will qualify for the Blue Badge Scheme:

Automatic eligibility without further assessment includes:

  • People who receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • People who are registered blind or severely sight impaired
  • People who receive War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement
  • People who have been awarded a benefit under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and have been assessed and certified by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
  • People with a severe disability in both arms who regularly drive a vehicle but cannot operate or have considerable difficulty in operating all or some types of parking meter.

Assessed eligibility with further assessment:

You may qualify for the Blue Badge scheme under the assessed eligibility category if you have permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or have very considerable difficulty in walking. In these cases, you need to make an application over the phone on 0300 123 5020 (local rate).

Children under three years of age qualify for a badge if they have a condition that requires they must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment and/or that have a highly unstable medical condition and need quick access to transport to hospital or home. Organisations caring for disabled people meeting one or more of the above criteria may be able to get a badge.

People with a psychological disorder will not normally qualify unless their impairment causes very considerable, and not intermittent, difficulty in walking.

Proof of Identity and Address

If your application for a Blue Badge is successful you will need to provide certified photocopies of your proof of identity, proof of address, entitlement to benefits and a photograph.

How to Apply for a Blue Badge

We are now operating an online Blue Car Badge application form for new and renewal applications, or you can make a telephone application by calling 0300 123 5020 to apply. If the badge applicant is over 16 years old please ensure that you have the National Insurance number available as this is required to make an application.

Replacement Badges

Lost or stolen badges

If you need a replacement badge because your badge has been lost or stolen you must:

  1. Report the loss or theft to the Police (Cheshire Police: 0845 458 0000) and they will provide you with either a crime or loss reference number. 
  2. Once you have the crime or loss reference number call the Cheshire East Blue Badge team on 0300 123 5020 (Option 2). Please be aware that all replacement badges will require a payment for £10.
  3. If you find your lost or stolen badge you must return it to the address below.

Damaged badges

  1. Call the Cheshire East Blue Badge team on 0300 123 5020 (Option 2) with details of the damage to the badge. Please be aware that there may be a charge of £10 for a replacement badge.

Found badges

If you have found a blue badge please post to the address below detailing when and where the badge was found:
Cheshire East Council
PO Box 624
Town Hall
Macclesfield
SK10 9JS

Frequently Asked Questions

What concessions are available for motorists displaying the badge?

Parking concessions apply only to on-street parking and include free use of parking meters and pay-and-display bays. The scheme does not automatically apply to off-street car parks or on private roads. Badge holders may also be exempt from limits on parking times and may be able to park for up to three hours on single and double yellow lines as long as they are not causing an obstruction. More comprehensive details on usage of the badge in England are available in the Department for Transport booklet The Blue Badge scheme booklet: rights and responsibilities in England (PDF, 1.27MB) .

Do I automatically qualify for a badge?

You are automatically eligible, upon application, for a badge if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • you are registered blind or severely sight impaired
  • you receive War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement
  • you been awarded a benefit under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and have been assessed and certified by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking,
  • you have severe disability in both arms, who regularly drives a vehicle but cannot operate or have considerable difficulty in operating all or some types of parking meter.

If I have a disability but don't meet one automatic eligibility criteria, will I qualify?

If you have a permanent and substantial disability that prevents you from walking, or makes walking very difficult, you may be eligible for a badge upon completion of an telephone application and the completion of an assessment by the independent Mobility Team.

Children under three years of age qualify for a badge if they have a condition that requires they must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment and/or that have a highly unstable medical condition that necessitates quick access to transport to hospital or home.

In these cases, you need to make a telephone application. See Applying for a Blue Car Badge. Organisations, such as care homes, caring for disabled people meeting one or more of the above criteria may be able to get a badge, to receive an application form for an organisational blue badge, contact the Blue Badge team on 0300 123 5020.

People with a psychological disorder will not normally qualify unless their impairment causes very considerable, and not intermittent, difficulty in walking.

How do I apply for an organisational badge?

Organisations who transport and care for more than 8 people who independently would be eligible for a blue badge may be able to get an organisational badge. To make an application apply online for an organisational blue badge or contact the Blue Badge team on 0300 123 5020. 

Where do I go to apply for or renew a disabled car badge? 

We are now operating a Blue Car Badge online application form or you can make a telephone application by calling 0300 123 5020 to apply. If the badge applicant is over 16 years old please ensure that you have the National Insurance number available as this is required to make an application.

Proof of Identity and Address

Proof of identity will be in the form of a photocopy of your birth/adoption certificate, marriage/divorce certificate, valid driving licence or passport. A photocopy of one form of identity is required to be submitted with your photo.

 Proof of address will be in the form of a photocopy of your Council Tax bill bearing your name and address. Alternatively a photocopy of a utility bill dated within the last 3 months can be submitted.  Please note photocopies will not be returned.

How many photos do you need?

One passport-sized photo needs to be supplied. It must be recent (within 5 years) and of passport quality.

How much do I need to pay and how can I pay?

You can pay the fee of £10 using a card payment over the phone on 0300 123 5020.

Can someone make the application on the telephone on my behalf?

If the applicant is under 18 the person calling on their behalf should be the parent or guardian. If an adult can not make the application the person calling should have the authority to act on the applicants behalf, we will take both the details of the applicant and the caller. It is possible to apply on someone else's behalf using the Blue Car Badge online application form.

Can I have a duplicate badge to keep in my partner’s car?

No, only one badge per person is ever issued.

Can I use my Blue Badge in Europe?

Blue disabled parking badges are recognised in most European countries, including all member states of the European Union. When displayed on the dashboard, you are entitled to the same parking concessions as that country’s own citizens with disabilities – the AA produce a booklet called Using the Blue Badge in 29 countries that details these concessions and participating countries.

Changes to the Blue Badge Scheme from 1st January 2012

A new Blue Badge is being launched from 1st January 2012 in England and Scotland and later in Wales. It is part of the UK Government’s Blue Badge Reform Programme. The new badge will make it easier to crack down on fraud. It will make it easier for the severely disabled people who rely on the Blue Badge scheme to find a parking space. Badges have been redesigned to make them harder to alter, copy or forge.

The following changes will be made to the Blue Badge scheme:

  • From 1st January 2012, the maximum fee a local council can charge for a Blue Badge will increase from £2 to £10 to cover the costs of administration, production and postage. This is the first time the fee has been increased since 1983.
  • Applying for or renewing a badge from 1st January 2012 might mean completing a different application form to one you may have completed before.  This may also involve providing different information so that we can process your application more effectively
  • From 1st April 2012 Independent Mobility Assessments (IMA) will be introduced to help determine eligibility to people applying under the ‘with further assessment’ criteria.  This is to ensure that those most in need receive a badge and that they are assessed by a person who is trained in assessing mobility needs.  Independent assessors are being used to help avoid compromising the GP /patient relationship

You'll still be able to apply directly to Cheshire East Council for a Blue Badge and you may be asked to undergo an Independent mobility assessment.   A Cheshire East Blue Badge will cost £10 and will be valid for three years, it gives free parking in all Cheshire East car parks and  on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours (except where there is a ban on loading or unloading). The scheme operates throughout the UK but parking charges may vary dependent on the Local Authority.

Where can I find additional information on the scheme?

More general information is available from GOV.UK – the government’s website.

Vehicle Tax Exemption

Please see  GOV.UK to determine your eligibility for vehicle Tax exemption.

Further Help

The Blue Badge Scheme is governed by the Department for Transport - Blue Badge Scheme within the UK and you can visit their website for further information. Within Cheshire East, Blue Badges are issued by the Customer Services Team.

You can contact the Blue Badge Team on 0300 123 5020.

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