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Warning: Non-affiliated websites charging assistance fees

Applicants should be aware that non-affiliated websites exist charging fees of up to £49 for “assistance” with the Blue Badge application process which can be done quite simply for no extra charge. We would recommend you avoid using these sites and contact the Council direct on the numbers below if you have any queries.

If you're a driver or a passenger and you have mobility issues, you may be eligible for a Blue Badge.

Application for a Blue Badge

To apply for a Blue Badge for an adult or a child you can either:

  1. Apply online: (national website - Blue Badge scheme)
  2. Download the relevant automatic or discretionary criteria form below
  3. Contact your area office.

Further information on Blue Badges, including how to apply for one, can be found at the Blue Badge Scotland website.

If your application is successful an administration charge of £3.04 (for new or replacement) will be made. Payment should be made by cheque or by cash payment at the HSCP Area Office on collection of your badge.

You may be refused a badge if we have reason to believe that the applicant is not who they claim to be or that the badge would be used by someone other than the person to whom it has been issued.

Automatic Criteria

You will automatically qualify for a Blue Badge without further assessment if you are more than two years old, can satisfy residency and identity checks, and meet at least one of the eligibility criteria listed below.

  • You receive a War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement
  • You are blind or registered as blind (severely sight impaired)
  • You receive a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) as you meet a 'Moving Around' descriptor for the Mobility Component because you either cannot stand or can stand but walk no more than 50 metres. This is a score of 8 points or more
  • You receive a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) as you meet the 'Planning and Following Journeys' descriptor for the Mobility Component because you can't follow the route of a familiar journey without another person, an assistance dog or an orientation aid. This is a score of 12 points
  • You were in receipt of a lifetime or indefinite award of the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance immediately before being assessed for Personal Independence Payment
  • You were in receipt of a fixed term award of the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance immediately before being assessed for Personal Independence Payment (PIP). You did not receive the Mobility Component of PIP at 8 points or more for the 'Moving Around' or 12 points for the 'Planning and Following Journeys' and you have requested a mandatory reconsideration of that decision with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
  • You receive a tariff within 1-8 (inclusive) of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and have been assessed as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking.

If you are claiming under any of the above categories please ensure that the following are returned with your application form.

  • Completed application form
  • One up-to-date passport style photograph of yourself, with your name on the back
  • Proof of eligibility under the above criteria; e.g. Blind Registration number, letter from DSS confirming allowance with expiry date.

Blue Badge Application Form - Automatic

Please note that if the expiry date of the allowance is less than three years from date of application then the badge will only be issued for the duration of the award.

Discretionary Criteria

Please complete all relevant sections of the application form and supply the appropriate documents to confirm your address and identity.  When completing this form you may find the accompanying guidance notes are helpful.

An assessment may still be required by an Independent Mobility Assessor.

If you are claiming under the above, please ensure that the following are included when returning the completed application form:

  • One up-to-date passport style photograph of yourself, with your signature on the back

Discretionary applications may be subject to further assessment by a member of the HSCP Occupational Therapy Staff.

Blue Badge Application form - Discretionary

Mental Disorder/Cognitive Impairment Extension - 12 Month Pilot Scheme


To be eligible for a Blue Badge under this policy, the applicant must:

"as a result of a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment, have no awareness of danger from traffic and is likely to compromise their safety, or the safety of others".

You must also meet the Eligibility Criteria.

Please complete all relevant sections of the application form and supply the appropriate documents to confirm your address and identity.  When completing this form you may find the accompanying guidance notes are helpful.

Please not this pilot will last for a period of 12 months with the badges issued during that time being themselves valid for a 12 month period only.

Blue Badge Application Form - Mental Disorder/Cognitive Impairment

If you lose your badge

  • Lost or stolen Badges should be reported to the police immediately
  • Contact the Council to let them know and we will arrange a replacement badge for you OR report it online via Blue Badge Scheme website.