Blue Badge

The Blue Badge scheme provides disabled parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems.

Example of a blue badgeHow to apply for or renew a Blue Badge

You can apply for or renew a Blue Badge if you are resident in Northamptonshire and if you meet the eligibility criteria.

The Blue Badge costs £10 and usually lasts for three years or until Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment expires (if this is less than 3 years).

The assessment process may take up to 6 weeks following receipt of your application. You should apply to renew your badge 6 weeks before it is due to expire.

Apply for or renew Blue Badge


Northamptonshire County Council has been made aware of third party websites which offer an ‘assistance service’ to Blue Badge applicants for a fee. These sites are not in any way affiliated with the council and any fee paid will not go towards the issuing of a badge by Northamptonshire County Council.

Help with applying or renewing online

Your local library offers a free checking service with online blue badge applications and renewals.

Please remember to take your supporting evidence, including:

  • Proof of identity - this can be a birth certificate/adoption certificate, valid photo card driving licence or a passport
  • Proof of address - this can be a Council tax bill or a letter from the Benefits Agency, the Employment Service, the Inland Revenue or a Local Authority, a bill or a bank statement dated within the last 12 months
  • Proof of eligibility, for example:
    • Evidence of receipt of Higher Rate Mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
    • War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
    • Document evidence of visual impairment
    • Evidence of receipt of the mobility components of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) including the second page which shows the ‘moving around’
  • A credit or debit card if you choose to use this option.

Library computers will be available for you to complete your application but you will need to be able to use a computer mouse and keyboard to do this.  If you would like help in building confidence using a computer please talk to staff who will be happy to arrange an appointment with an IT Buddy volunteer. 

Library staff will be able to take your photo for online Blue Badge applications (provided you have not already submitted the application) but they cannot take payment for you. You will need to pay online with a credit or debit card, or send your payment separately by Royal Mail.

Applying or renewing by post

Alternatively download, print and complete the form below and return it along with the £10 fee and supporting documents.

Please note: the free checking service in your local library is not available for paper applications.


Organisations caring for disabled people meeting the criteria may be able to receive a badge, but this is entirely at our discretion.

Download, print and complete the form below if you wish to apply on behalf of a organisation:

Eligibility and other information

We can only issue Blue Badges to people who are resident in Northamptonshire.


You will receive a badge upon application if you can provide evidence that any of the following is true:

  • you receive the higher rate of the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • you receive the mobility components of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and you have been awarded at least 8 points for moving around (standing and walking). If your PIP award is for less than 3 years then your Blue Badge will expire when your Personal Independence Payment expires.
  • you receive a War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement
  • you are registered blind
  • if you have received a lump sum from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) at tariffs 1-8 inclusive and been assessed and certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking by the Service Personnel and Veteran's Agency

You may also be eligible to receive a Blue Badge in the following circumstances:

  • you drive a motor vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms and are unable to operate, or have considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter.
  • you have a permanent and substantial disability which means you are unable to walk or have very considerable difficulty in walking. In this case we may ask you more questions to help us determine whether you are eligible for a badge.

Children under three years of age

Children under three years of age may be eligible if the child has a condition that requires that they must always be:

  • accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty, or
  • kept near a motor vehicle so that they can, if necessary, be treated for that condition in the vehicle or be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where they can be treated.


Organisations caring for disabled people meeting the above criteria may be able to receive a badge, but this is entirely at our discretion.

Download, print and complete the form below if your badge is lost, stolen, damaged or faded:

You will need to send us any supplementary evidence.

If you or your relative no longer require the Blue Badge, please return it to us at the following address stating the reason why the badge is no longer required:

Blue Badge Team
County Hall
Guildhall Road

Change of circumstances

It is the Blue Badge holder's responsibility to inform us about any change of circumstances since the badge was last issued.

Blue Badge of a deceased person

If the Blue Badge is no longer required due to a person’s death we would advise the next of kin to destroy the badge or return it to us to be destroyed.

Your Blue Badge will be supplied with a clock which must be displayed with the badge.

More information is available at Blue Badge Scheme: Rights and responsibilities in England.

Replacement clocks

Replacement Blue Badge clocks are available at the following libraries for a cost of £2 each:

Stocks will be sent to additional libraries as soon as they are available.

Should your Blue Badge application be declined and you wish to appeal this decision, please inform us in writing detailing the reasons and including any further supporting evidence.

You can send this to us by emailing with ‘Appeal’ clearly in the subject line.

Alternatively you can submit your information via post to Blue Badge Team, County Hall, Guildhall Road, Northampton, NN1 1DN

​If you have information about the misuse of a Blue Badge please report it using our fraud reporting form:

Report fraud