Disabled parking bays

A disabled parking bay is outlined on the road with white lines and may enable a blue badge holder to park near their house.

However, anyone with a Blue Badge can park in any disabled bay, even if it is outside your house - with or without your permission.

To qualify for a Disabled Parking Bay there must be a vehicle registered at your address and you must:

  • Hold a current Blue Badge.
  • Demonstrate a genuine need for the bay being requested.
  • Not have access to private parking within or near the premises.

How to apply

If you meet all of the above please complete our Disabled Parking Bay Application Form.

What happens next?

We will make every effort to deal with applications as quickly as possible.

However, putting in parking places involves consultation with local residents and statutory bodies and in certain cases the production and publication of Traffic Regulation Orders.

An application for an advisory bay to be introduced, where no objections are received, will take between 3 and 6 months to process.

Certains applications are subject to additional checks which includes an assessment of the applicant's needs by the One Stop Resource Centre, prior to a decision being taken by the Council on the application.

Disabled Parking Bay Options

There are 3 different types of Disabled Parking Bay, these are:

An Advisory Disabled Bay

This type of bay is introduced in most cases where the application is successful and is for a bay close to a person's home. Although this type of bay is not enforceable it has proved very successful in the majority of cases in providing the blue badge holder with an improved facility to park close to their home. This type of bay can be quicker to introduce as no Traffic Regulation Order is required.

A Mandatory Disabled Bay

This type of bay does require the introduction of a Traffic Regulation Order, therefore, usually takes longer to introduce and is enforceable. Bays for general use of blue badge holders close to hospitals, clinics, doctor's surgeries, chemists or other public buildings are usually of this type.

A Disabled Persons' Permit Parking Bay

This type of bay is for blue badge holders within specific areas already covered by a permit parking scheme or at a location where use by other blue badge holders is likely to occur regularly.