Blue Badge parking scheme

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.

Who can have a Blue Badge?
Applying for a Blue Badge
Collection of Blue Badges
Report a lost or stolen Blue Badge
Frequently asked questions

In January 2012 the Department for Transport made some changes to the Blue Badge process.

  • The maximum fee a local council can charge for a Blue Badge increased from £2 to £10. Bolton Council now charges £10 for all Blue Badge applications.
  • The design of the Blue Badge changed to aid enforcement and make it harder to tamper with, copy or forge.
  • Apply for a blue badge online now

You can still apply directly to us for a Blue Badge.

Who can have a Blue Badge?

Eligible without further assessment

Anyone who meets one of the following criteria is eligible for the issue of a Blue Badge without further assessment:

  • 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 do not 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/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. 

Applying for a Blue Badge

Bolton Council charges £10.00 for all Blue Badge applications.

You will need the following before you click apply 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 do not attach a digital photo to your application you will need to provide 1 passport sized photograph of yourself with details, your name, application reference number and date of birth before your application is reviewed.  Please note that the photography must be in colour and will not be returned to you. 

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

Collection of Blue Badges

Access Bolton will write to you if you have been successful or not in your application. 

If successful you will be instructed to provide the following:

  • 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).

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

If you are 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.

Hours of opening are Monday to Friday 9am to 4:15pm. 

Badges are only available for collection Monday-Thursday between the hours of 9:30am-4pm Please note that there are no Friday or Saturday collections. 

Report a lost or stolen Blue Badge

If your badge has been lost or stolen - you will need to report it to the Police to obtain a crime reference number or lost property reference number.

Once the crime reference number or lost property reference number has been obtained - you will need to report this to us using the link below.

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

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



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