Blue badges help people with disabilities or health conditions park closer to their destination. You can apply for a badge for yourself, on behalf of somebody else or an organisation that transports people who need a blue badge.

Find out more and apply for a blue badge in Somerset

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

People who automatically get a blue badge

You automatically qualify for a blue badge if you are over 2 years old and at least one of the following things applies.

  • You receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • You receive a Personal Independence Payment (PIP) because you can’t walk more than 50 metres (a score of 8 points or more under the ‘moving around’ activity of the mobility component)
  • You are registered blind (severely sight impaired)
  • You receive a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
  • You have received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
  • You receive the mobility component of PIP and have obtained 10 points specifically for descriptor E under the ‘planning and following journeys’ activity, on the grounds that you are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause you overwhelming psychological distress

If you have any score other than 10 points under descriptor E, in the ‘planning and following journeys’ activity of PIP you may still be eligible for a blue badge, but you do not automatically qualify. This includes if you have a higher score of 12. You will have to provide evidence to demonstrate your eligibility, which will be assessed as part of your application.

The charge for a blue badge is £10, though you will not be charged to apply for one.

Blue badges are not automatically renewed. You can re-apply for a new one up to 11 weeks before your blue badge expires. The Council will contact you up to 10 weeks before the expiry date on your badge to remind you to apply for a new one. When your old badge has expired it is no longer valid and you should securely dispose of it yourself. There is no need to return it.

Blue badges for organisations

An organisation may be eligible for a badge (or more than one), if they

  • care for or help people who need a blue badge, and
  • transport people who need a blue badge

The council that issues the badge will decide whether the organisation has a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the individual badges of the people it is transporting. An organisational badge must only be displayed when someone who would be eligible for a blue badge in their own right is being transported.

Examples of organisations that may be eligible include residential care homes, hospices or council social care departments. It is unlikely that taxi or private hire operators and community transport operators would be eligible for an organisational blue badge because they are not usually concerned with the care of disabled people.