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Disabled Bays

Any Blue Badge holder is able to park in a disabled parking bay whether it is mandatory or advisory.

Blue Badge holders can apply for a disabled parking bay and the Council will consider the application.

There are two different types of disabled parking bay:


Mandatory Parking Bays are:

  • Available for use by any blue badge holder and are usually located near to or within commercial areas
  • Identified by the 'disabled' carriageway marking and sign located in the adjacent footway

A lengthy legal process is involved in providing such a bay, which includes consultation with statutory consultees such as emergency services and property owners nearby

A vehicle parked within such a bay and not displaying a blue badge, may be parked in contravention and receive a Penalty Charge Notice

Advisory Disabled Parking Bays are: 

  • Available for use by any blue badge holder and are located outside or near to the applicant's address
  • Identified by the 'disabled' carriageway only. There will be no sign within the adjacent footway

There is no legal process involved in providing these bays therefore they can be provided quickly

A vehicle parked in such a bay and not displaying a blue badge will not be parked in contravention

The success of these bays is reliant on the respect of other road users

To obtain an advisory disabled parking bay close to your home an application must be made which demonstrates certain qualification criteria.

We have a policy in place for the provision of advisory disabled parking bays outside the homes of severely disabled people, where it is considered appropriate.

A strict assessment procedure is implemented to ensure that the most needy are catered for.

The Advisory Disabled Parking Bay Guidelines provides guidelines on which this policy is based.

If after reading the guidelines you still consider yourself eligible, you can email the Contact Centre, please use Disabled Parking Bay Application in the subject line.

Please include your full name and address together with your telephone number in the email. We will then send an application form.

Each application form will have a unique number and it can only be used by the actual applicant.

We will make every effort to deal with applications as quickly as possible. The whole process normally takes around 6 weeks from receipt of your application to the bay being marked on the highway.

Provision of advisory disabled parking bays involves a site survey to check the location is suitable in terms of road safety and maintaining the flows of traffic and we may need to consult with local people.