The Blue Badge Scheme provides a national arrangement throughout the UK of on-street parking concessions that enable people with significant mobility problems to park closer to their destination, without charge or time limit, and provides an additional means of travelling.

You may quality for a Blue Badge if you meet one of the following criteria:

Eligible without further assessment

People who may be issued with a Blue Badge without further assessment are those who are more than two years old and fall within one or more of the following criteria:

  • are blind (severely sight impaired);
  • receive the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • receive the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • in receipt of the higher rate of mobility component of Child Disability Payment
  • in receipt of the mobility component of Adult Disablement Payment and have been awarded  either:
  • 8 points or more in the Moving Around activity
  • 12 points in the Planning and Following a Journey activity
  • enhanced rate mobility under special rules for terminal illness
  • receive the War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement or
  • receive a qualifying award under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme)

Eligible subject to further assessment

People who may be issued with a Blue Badge after further assessment are those who are aged more than two years old and fall within one or more of the following descriptions:

Unable to walk or virtually unable to walk

Applicants may be eligible for a Blue Badge if they are over two years of age and who have a permanent and substantial disability which means they are unable to walk or virtually unable to walk, or have a temporary, but substantial disability, which means they are unable to walk or virtually unable to walk which is likely to last for a period of at least 12 months but less than three years.

Driver with severe disability in both arms

Applicants may be eligible for a Blue Badge if they regularly drive a vehicle, have severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty, in operating parking meters.

Child under three years old

Children under the age of three years may be eligible for a Blue Badge because they have a medical condition requiring the transportation of large and/or heavy medical equipment and/or must be kept near a motor vehicle on account of their condition so that they can, if necessary, be treated for that condition in the vehicle or taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where they can be treated.

As part of the application, a supporting letter from a healthcare professional is required giving details of the child's medical condition and the equipment (including information on the size and portability) or treatment necessary.

Risk in traffic

Applicants may be eligible for a Blue Badge if they have a mental or cognitive condition that means they lack awareness about the danger of traffic when making journeys.

Motor neurone disease

Individuals with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) are not required to submit a Blue Badge Application form or go through a formal assessment.  Individuals should contact their MND Nurse who will be able to assist.

Organisational badge

Organisations may be eligible for an Organisational Blue Badge if they are involved in the care of disabled people and are seeking a Blue Badge for vehicle(s) which are to be used to carry disabled people who would themselves qualify for an individual Blue Badge.

Lost Blue Badge

Applicants must advise the Blue Badge Team if their Blue Badge is lost and report the loss to Police Scotland and obtain a "pink slip" or a "crime reference number".  If the original Blue Badge is not found, a replacement will be issued within four weeks from the date of reporting the loss.

Applicants should complete the Duplicate Blue Badge Application Form.

Applying or renewing a Blue Badge

The Blue Badge digital service

The Blue Badge Digital Service (BBDS) provides UK citizens with a secure way to apply online to their local authority for a Blue Badge.  You can apply online at UK Government: Apply for or renew a Blue Badge.

Paper application

Applicants can apply using the paper application forms below.  These should be emailed to bluebadge@east-ayrshire.gov.uk or posted to Blue Badge Team, The Johnnie Walker Bond, 15 Strand Street , Kilmarnock KA1 1HU.

Acceptable forms of ID and proof of address

Applicants should provide documents such as drivers licence, passport or birth / marriage certificate as forms of ID / proof of address.

Photograph

Each applicant should provide a photograph that:

  • is in colour
  • is passport-size
  • shows the applicant's full face
  • does not include any other person
  • has the applicant's name written clearly on the back and
  • includes a confirmation from the applicant, or the person applying on their behalf, confirms in the "declaration" section of the application form the that photograph is a true likeness

Paying for a Blue Badge

The £20 charge for the Blue Badge will only be requested when your application has been fully screened / assessed and confirms that you are eligible for a Blue  Badge. No payment should be made in advance of this.

Renewing a Blue Badge

There is no automatic renewal of Blue Badges.  A renewal is the same as making a new application.

Review of decision

When an application for a Blue Badge is unsuccessful, East Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership will notify the applicant or the applicant’s representative in writing giving the reason for refusal of a Blue Badge and provide information on the review process, including grounds for review and timescales to be followed.

The request for a review must be made in writing within 28 days of the date of the letter refusing a Blue Badge, must include the grounds for the review request and may include further supporting evidence which was not included with the initial application.

When a request for a review is received we will ensure that the review is carried out by someone who was not involved in the original decision.  We will provide notification of the review decision in writing within 28 days of the date of the request for review and notify the applicant, or the applicant’s representative, in writing the reason for any delay in the review of the case beyond the 28 days. 

Change of address

If you live in East Ayrshire and you change address please email our Blue Badge Team at bluebadge@east-ayrshire.gov.uk to allow our systems to be updated.

If you are moving to another authority area, you can carry on using your badge until it is due to expire. Six weeks before the expiry date you should apply for your badge, using your new address, to the local authority in which you reside. 

Misuse of Blue Badges

Blue Badges are the property of local authorities, who can take them away if they are misused. The Blue Badge is for the use of the Blue Badge holder only, and it is an offence to allow other people to use it.  It is also an offence to park in an on-street Blue Badge parking bay without displaying a badge.

You should report the misuse of a Blue Badge to your local Social Work office. You should also contact the Police as it is a criminal offence to misuse a Blue Badge. Find out more about the misuse of badges at mygov.scot: Report a lost, stolen or misused Blue Badge.

Blue Badges no longer required

If for any reason the Blue Badge is no longer required, it must be returned to your local Social Work office. You can hand deliver the Blue Badge to any of our Social Work offices. 

Your duties as a Blue Badge holder

Blue Badges are the property of the local authority, who can take them away if they are misused.  The Blue Badge is for the use of the Blue Badge holder only, and it is an offence to allow other people to use it.  It is also an offence to park in an on-street Blue Badge parking bay without displaying a Blue Badge.

You should report the misuse of a Blue Badge to your local Social Services office.

You should also contact Police Scotland, as it is a criminal offence to misuse a Blue Badge.  Find out more about the misuse of Blue Badges at mygov.scot: Report a lost, stolen or misused Blue Badge.

You should only use your Blue Badge if:

  • you are travelling in a vehicle as a driver or passenger
  • someone is collecting you or dropping you off and needs to park

A Blue Badge should not be used to park in a restricted area if the Blue Badge holder is not leaving the car.

Blue Badge holders must ensure that the details on the front of the badge remain readable.  If it becomes unreadable, the Blue Badge must be returned to the local authority for re-issue.

You can find out more information at mygov.scot: Rights and responsibilities as a Blue Badge holder.

Notice

This authority is required by law to protect the public funds it administers.

It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for; auditing, or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function, in order to prevent and detect fraud.

The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises.

Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is may include personal information.

Please refer to National Fraud Initiative.

Disabled parking

For information on disabled parking bays, how to apply and where to park please visit  Ayrshire Roads Alliance: Disabled Persons Parking Place.

More information on the Blue Badge Scheme in Scotland is available on the Transport Scotland website.

Contact Information

Social Services (Cumnock)
Rothesay House
1 Greenholm Road
Cumnock
East Ayrshire
KA18 1LH
Telephone: 01290 427720
Social Services (Kilmarnock)
The Johnnie Walker Bond
15 Strand Street
Kilmarnock
East Ayrshire
KA1 1HU
Telephone: 01563 554200