A blue badge helps people with severe walking difficulties who travel as drivers or passengers, to park close to their destination in on-street parking and some car parks. The scheme is also for people who are severely sight impaired.

The charge for a blue badge is £10, but there is no charge to apply for one.

Please be aware that there are some organisations and websites which offer a service to help you apply and they will charge you for this help. You don’t need to use a service like that.

There is only one place you can apply and that is on the GOV.UK website.

You can check your eligibility and apply for a blue badge on the GOV.UK website.

You can get a badge if you

  • Have a permanent disability that means you can’t walk or have considerable difficulty walking.
  • Have a severe disability in both your arms, drive regularly and have considerable difficulty operating parking meters and ticket machines.
  • Are a child under the age of 3 who needs medical equipment with you at all times that cannot easily be transported, or if you are affected by unstable medical conditions and may require emergency treatment.

If not, you may still be eligible but may need an assessment carried out by one of the Council’s occupational therapists so that they can see the difficulty you have with walking.

You can find more information about blue badges on the Somerset County Council website.