Blue Badges

Disabled parking sign, bay and blue badge clock

If you have a severe and permanent walking disability you can apply for a blue badge - otherwise known as disabled parking badges. They are used to help you to park closer to the places you wish to visit.

You are automatically entitled to apply for a blue badge if you:

  • are registered blind;
  • receive the High Rate Mobility part of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA);
  • receive War Pensioners Mobility Supplement or Armed Forces Compensation or
  • are applying on behalf of a registered institute for disabled people.

Even if this doesn't apply to you, you can still apply for a Blue Badge under the discretionary criteria if:

  • you have a severe and permanent disability that means you can't walk very far without pain or severe discomfort;
  • you have a severe disability in both arms and drive a vehicle regularly but are unable to operate a parking meter; or
  • you are applying on behalf of a child under the age of three who is always accompanied by bulky medical equipment or has a condition which requires the vehicle to park nearby so that they can be treated for their condition.

How do I get an application form?

You can phone us on 01782 234234 and we will fill the form in for you over the phone. Please click here to fill in a Blue Badge application form online .

With a Blue Badge you can park for:

  • three hours on yellow lines, as long as the car is not blocking the road or it is not parked in a loading bay;
  • three hours in a limited waiting bay;
  • free on all of our City Council surface car parks. (Please note that there is a maximum stay limit on our short stay car parks, usually 2 hours. If you park for longer on these car parks you could receive a Penalty Charge Notice. If you need to park for longer, you can use one of our long stay car parks and park there for free all day. Please look at the charges pages to find out whether the car parks are long or short stay); 
  • free in pay and display bays on the street in Stoke-on-Trent; and
  • free in disabled bays on street for three hours or without time limit (check the signs on street for details).

You can not use your blue badge in:

  • residential parking bays;
  • kerb marked areas where a loading ban exists;
  • a doctor's bay;
  • a loading only bay;
  • a bus stop; or
  • a pedestrianised area where people walk.

Using your badge

Please make sure you display your blue badge so that the expiry date and serial number can be clearly seen by a parking attendant. 

How do I renew my Blue Badge?

To renew your Blue Badge you must reapply. This may seem inconvenient but blue badges aren’t issued for life as some holders have temporary disabilities or conditions that improve. Blue badges are issued for up to three years. We will send you a letter 90 days before your badge expires, this will remind you that you need to start the application process again.