Page last updated 11 September 2014
Blue badge scheme 

Blue Badge

The Blue Badge Scheme provides a range of parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems who have difficulty using public transport.

Your Blue Badge will be supplied with a clock which must be displayed with the badge. More information is available at Blue Badge Scheme: Rights and responsibilities in England.

We can only issue Blue Badges to people who are resident in Northamptonshire.

The Blue Badge usually lasts for three years. You should apply to renew your badge 6 weeks before it is due to expire.

Is there a cost?

There is a £10 administration fee.

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge

The assessment process may take up to 6 weeks following receipt of your application.

Before you apply - check if you are eligible by going to the who is eligible for a Blue Badge page.

Individuals

You can apply online and your Blue Badge will be issued by Northamptonshire County Council:

Apply now

Help with applying online

Your local library offers a free checking service with online blue badge applications.

Please remember to take your supporting evidence, including:

  • Proof of identity - this can be a birth certificate/adoption certificate, valid photo card driving licence or a passport
  • Proof of address - this can be a Council tax bill or a letter from the Benefits Agency, the Employment Service, the Inland Revenue or a Local Authority, a bill or a bank statement dated within the last 12 months
  • Proof of eligibility, for example:
    • Evidence of receipt of Higher Rate Mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
    • War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
    • Document evidence of visual impairment
  • A credit or debit card if you choose to use this option.

Library computers will be available for you to complete your application but you will need to be able to use a computer mouse and keyboard to do this.  If you would like help in building confidence using a computer please talk to staff who will be happy to arrange an appointment with an IT Buddy volunteer. 

Library staff will be able to take your photo for online Blue Badge applications (provided you have not already submitted the application) but they cannot take payment for you. You will need to pay online with a credit or debit card, or send your payment separately by Royal Mail.

Applying by post

Alternatively download, print and complete the form below and return it along with the £10 fee and supporting documents.

Please note: the free checking service in your local library is not available for paper applications.

Organisations

Organisations caring for disabled people meeting the criteria may be able to receive a badge, but this is entirely at our discretion.

Download, print and complete the form below if you wish to apply on behalf of a organisation:

Replace your badge

Download, print and complete the form below if your badge is lost, stolen, damaged or faded:

You will need to send us any supplementary evidence.

Replacement clocks

Replacement Blue Badge clocks are available at the following libraries for a cost of £2 each:

Stocks will be sent to additional libraries as soon as they are available.

Returning a badge

If you or your relative no longer requires the Blue Badge, please return it to us at the following address stating the reason why the badge is no longer required.

Blue Badge Section
Customer Service Centre
Northamptonshire County Council
John Dryden House
8-10 The Lakes
Northampton
NN4 7YD

Change of circumstances

It is the Blue Badge holder's responsibility to inform us about any change of circumstances since the badge was last issued.

Blue Badge of a deceased person

If the Blue Badge is no longer required due to a person’s death we would advise the next of kin to destroy the badge or return it to us to be destroyed.

How are we doing?

The Department for Transport requires local authorities to issue new and replacement Blue Badges within 8 weeks of receiving an application.

Go to the Customer Service Performance and Surveys page to find out how we are doing.

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