Parking with a Blue Badge
Do you have a severe mobility problem? You may be eligible to apply for a Blue Badge to help you park closer to where you need to go. A blue badge allows you to park in disabled and public parking places for free.
There is a £20 admin charge for new badges and renewals. While there is a £10 charge for replacing lost, stolen or damaged badges.
If you live within the Controlled Parking Zone and have a valid Blue Badge you can also apply for a free residents' parking permit which will be marked 'exempted.' You can park free of charge and without time limit:
- In 'pay and display' on-street parking places
- On single or double yellow lines, at times when loading is allowed and as long as you are not causing an obstruction or danger to others
- In greenways parking places, outwith any rush hour restrictions
- In some private car parks - check signs and always display your Blue Badge
- In shared use parking places.
You may need an assessment if you are over two years old and either:
- Have a severe disability of both arms, regularly drive a motor vehicle and are unable to or have considerable difficulty in operating a ticket issuing machine
- Have a permanent and substantial disability causing you to be unable or virtually unable to walk
- Have a temporary but substantial disability causing you to be unable or virtually unable to walk, which is likely to last for a period of at least 12 months but less than three years
If you are the parent or guardian of a child under three years of age, you may apply for a badge for the child if they have a specific medical condition which means that either:
- They must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around without great difficulty
- The child needs to be kept near a vehicle at all times, so that they can be treated in the vehicle, or driven quickly to a place, for example a hospital, for treatment.
Applying for a Blue Badge
Please see www.edinburgh.gov.uk to download an application form.