Blue Badge Scheme

If you are disabled, a Blue Badge permit allows you to park legally near to places you need to visit. The permit is for any eligible disabled person whether you are travelling as a driver, or as a passenger. It allows you to park for free in some pay and display car parks and on single and double yellow lines in most streets for up to three hours.

Although this is a national scheme that operates throughout the UK and is recognised in Europe, it's delivered locally by Cumbria County Council. We only issue badges in accordance with the guidelines and regulations provided by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Can I Get a Blue Badge? Department for Transport (PDF 775Kb).

Blue Badges are issued to residents of Cumbria who meet one or more of the eligibility criteria.

To find out if you are eligible, please read Can I Get a Blue Badge? (PDF 775Kb) a guide from the Department of Transport. 

Before applying we suggest you read Can I Get a Blue Badge? (PDF, 775Kb), to find out if you are eligible.

To apply, you can: 

1.  Apply online. Your application will be assessed and processed by the Blue Badge Team.

2.  Complete our Blue Badge Application Form (PDF 1.03MB)

  • The application form can either be completed online and returned by email to blue.badge@cumbria.gov.uk, or printed and returned by post to:

          Service Centre
          Parkhouse Building
          Kingmoor Business Park
          Baron Way
          Carlisle
          CA6 4SJ

  • Make sure all relevant sections are completed including the declaration. 
  • Applicants should also use the 'Supporting Document Checklist' (Section 6) to ensure you provide all of the required supporting documentation, including proof of address, identity and a recent photograph. 
  • Application forms can also be collected from any County Council Office or any Cumbria Library.

3. Contact AgeUK who can provide support to Cumbrian residents to complete Blue Badge applications, find your local AgeUK office

Badges are issued for a 3 year period. If you want to renew your badge you can apply up to six weeks in advance of the expiry date shown on your badge.

To submit your renewal request you can:

1.  Apply online. Your application will be assessed and processed by the Blue Badge Team.

2.  Complete our Blue Badge Application Form (PDF 1.03MB)

  • The application form can either be completed online and returned by email to blue.badge@cumbria.gov.uk, or printed and returned by post to:

          Service Centre 
          Parkhouse Building 
          Kingmoor Business Park 
          Baron Way 
          Carlisle 
          CA6 4SJ

  • Make sure all relevant sections are completed including the declaration. 
  • Applicants should also use the 'Supporting Document Checklist' (Section 6) to ensure you provide all of the required supporting documentation, including proof of address, identity and a recent photograph. 
  • Application forms can also be collected from any County Council Office or any Cumbria Library.

3. Contact AgeUK who can provide support to Cumbrian residents to complete Blue Badge applications, find your local AgeUK office

If your Blue Badge has been lost or stolen and expires within the next 12 months, you should apply for a new Blue Badge

1.  Report a lost or stolen Blue Badge online.

2.  Complete our Lost or stolen Blue Badge application form (PDF 224KB)

  • The application form can either be completed online and returned by email to blue.badge@cumbria.gov.uk, or printed and returned by post to:

          Service Centre  
          Parkhouse Building  
          Kingmoor Business Park  
          Baron Way  
          Carlisle  
          CA6 4SJ

  • Make sure all relevant sections are completed including the declaration. 
  • Applicants should also use the 'Supporting Document Checklist' (Section 6) to ensure you provide all of the required supporting documentation, including proof of address, identity and a recent photograph. 
  • Application forms can also be collected from any County Council Office or any Cumbria Library.

Blue Badges are only issued to people who have considerable difficulty walking, but Cumbria County Council have included a concession to assist people who have a life limiting condition with a poor prognosis (unlikely to be longer than 6 months). Life limited badges are issued for a period of 6 months only.

If you, or a person you are supporting, is suffering from a life limiting illness please complete the Life Limited Blue Badge application form (PDF 215KB). People who have a life limiting condition will normally have been issued with a DS1500. A DS1500 is short report about a person's medical condition; we are advised that they are available from a doctor, specialist or consultant. You must submit a copy of the report with your application form.

An organisational badge may be issued to organisations which both;

  • Cares for and transports disabled people who would themselves meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for an individual Blue Badge; and

  • Has a clear need for an organisational badge rather than using the personal Blue Badges of people it is transporting

Before applying read the Organisational Blue Badge Guidance Notes (PDF 255KB) which also include frequently asked questions.

To apply for an organisational Blue Badge:

1.  Apply online. Your application will be assessed and processed by the Blue Badge Team

2.  Complete our Organisational Blue Badge Application Form (PDF 255KB) 

  • The application form can either be completed online and returned by email to blue.badge@cumbria.gov.uk, or printed and returned by post to:

          Service Centre   
          Parkhouse Building   
          Kingmoor Business Park   
          Baron Way   
          Carlisle   
          CA6 4SJ

  • Make sure all relevant sections are completed including the declaration. 
  • Applicants should also use the 'Supporting Document Checklist' (Section 3) to ensure you provide all of the required supporting documentation. 

If your application has been refused, you can ask us to reconsider the decision in writing within 28 days. You can include any further information which may support a successful application. You will be asked to attend a mobility assessment with a physiotherapist. A decision may take longer if further evidence is required.

If the decision remains not to award a Blue Badge, we'll write to you with a full explanation. Whether the review is successful or not, the decision is final.

Please note: The rules about eligibility for a blue badge have changed considerably. Even if you've been issued with a Blue Badge in the past, this does not mean you will be issued one again.