The Blue Badge scheme provides a range of parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems who have difficulty using public transport. The scheme operates throughout the UK.

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Before you start

There is a charge of £10 for all Blue Badge applications.

You’ll need the following to apply for or renew your Blue Badge:

  • the details of your current Blue Badge (if you have one)
  • your National Insurance number
  • a digital or signed photo - If you haven't attached a digital photo to your application you will need to provide one passport sized photograph of yourself with details of your name, address, application reference number and date of birth before your application is reviewed. Your picture must be in colour and will not be returned to you.

    See section on photographs for more information on how and where to send your picture.

Once the photo has been received your application will be processed within 21 working days. Bolton Council will write to you and let you know whether your application has been sucsessful.

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  • Am I eligible?

    • Anyone who meets one of the following criteria is automatically eligible for a Blue Badge:

      » receives the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance;

      » is a registered blind person under the National Assistance Act 1948;

      » receives a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement - this award is only paid to veterans injured before 6th April 2005. The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) covers injuries sustained in service on or after 6th April 2005.

      » has been awarded a benefit (giving rise to a lump sum at tariffs 1-8 inclusive) under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) and has also been 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.

      » Receiving Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Mobility Component only.


      Eligible with further assessment

      You can still apply for a Blue Badge if you don't meet the above criteria but you:

      » have a severe disability in both upper limbs and regularly drive a motor vehicle, but have difficulty operating parking meters;

      » have a permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or have very considerable difficulty in walking;

      » have a child or children under 3 years of age who, because of a specific medical condition, need to travel with bulky medical equipment or need to be close to a vehicle for emergency medical treatment.

      The Blue Badge scheme is administered by Bolton Council who issue badges in accordance with guidelines and regulations provided by the department for transport.

  • Photographs

    • A photograph is required to complete the application. 

      If you haven't attached a digital photo to your application you will need to provide one passport sized photograph of yourself with details of your name, address, application reference number and date of birth before your application is reviewed. Please note that your picture must be in colour and will not be returned to you. 

      If a passport size photograph has not been provided during the application process, it will not be processed until it's received. You can either:

      » Email it to: csdbluebadges@bolton.gov.uk (Please include name, address, DOB, phone number and tracking reference number).

      » Have your photo taken at the cashiers desk in the Town Hall at no charge.

      » Bring it to the cashiers desk at Bolton Town Hall.

      » Post it to: The Blue Badge Team, One Stop Shop, Bolton Town Hall, Victoria Square, BL1 1RU (Please include name, address, DOB, phone number and tracking reference number if posting your passport size photograph).

      Once the photo has been received, your application will be processed within 21 working days. Bolton Council will write to you if you have been successful or not in your application.

  • Collection of Blue Badges

    • Once you've received your letter, you'll need to bring the following proof with you to collect your Blue Badge:

      » proof that you meet the automatic criteria (proofs must be dated within the last 12 months). Please don't send originals in the post.

      » £10.00 payment (payments accepted - cash, credit / debit card or a postal order made payable to 'Bolton MBC'

      » I.D. proof x 2 (valid passport, driving licence or birth / marriage certificate and proof of address).

      The badge will need to be collected from the Cashiers desk in the One Stop Shop.

      If you're collecting the badge on behalf of someone else, you will need to provide photo id for yourself as well as for the applicant detailed above.

      Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 4:15pm.

      Badges are only available for collection Monday to Thursday between 9.30am to 4pm. Please note that there are no Friday or Saturday collections.

  • Amend or submit your saved Blue Badge application

  • Report a lost or stolen Blue Badge

    • You will need to report your lost or stolen Blue Badge to the Police and get a crime reference number or lost property reference number.

      If you've already got your crime reference number or lost property reference number, you can report it now.

      Report a blue badge stolen or lost online now

      If your lost or stolen badge is due to expire within 6 months, we would advise you to do a new application after you've reported it. 

  • Report a change of details (eg change of address)

    • If your details have changed, such as your name, address, contact details or any other  information we hold about you, please let us know.

      You will be asked for the Blue Badge number and NI Number.

      Report a change of details now

  • Other frequently asked questions

    • I have had a Blue Badge before - do I need to reapply?

      Yes, a brand new application is required if your existing badge is due to expire. You can apply for a renewal badge up to 6 weeks in advance. Your new application will not be reviewed until we have received a new photo unless you have clearly specified that you would like the existing photo to be reused because it is still a true likeness of yourself.

      I have been refused, can I appeal?

      You have no right to appeal against a decision by us to refuse a Blue Badge. However, if you have been refused you may ask us to reconsider in writing within 28 days if you disagree with the decision or can provide more information which may support a successful application. You may be asked to attend a mobility assessment with an occupational therapist.

The One Stop Shop

Town Hall

Victoria Square

Bolton

BL1 1RU

Telephone 01204 337244
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