Under Department for Transport regulations, a Blue Badge may be refused if:
- you do not need to criteria
- you fail to provide us with adequate evidence of your eligibility, either as an individual or organisation
- you fail to pay the fee
- we believe you are not the applicant
- we believe the applicant would permit use of the Blue Badge by another person
- you hold or have held a Blue Badge and misuse has led to at least one relevant conviction
If your application is unsuccessful, you can appeal the decision if you feel it does not reflect your current level of mobility.
How to appeal
- Notify us in writing within 1 month of the date of your refusal notification.
- Provide additional medical or supporting evidence not available with your initial application, which indicates both the severity and permanent nature of your disability as well as the effect it has on your mobility. Please be aware that, in the appeal stage, we rely on you to provide additional supporting information and we cannot get this for you. It is important that details and information about your mobility are clear and informative.
- Send the above to BBMailroom@northamptonshire.gov.uk.
As part of your appeal Northamptonshire County Council may require you to undertake a mobility assessment. The assessment will be carried out by an independent healthcare professional. The assessment is likely to focus on walking distances, your mobility impairment and other criteria defined by legislation.
If you have already attended a mobility assessment as part of your application prior to your appeal, then the original recommendation will be reviewed by an independent healthcare professional.
Following the independent mobility assessment or mobility assessment review, a recommendation is made by the assessor as to whether your condition appears to meet the eligibility criteria to be awarded a Blue Badge.
Where a recommendation is that your condition does not appear to meet the required criteria, we will further review your case based on the eligibility criteria outlined by the Department of Transport, the information on your initial form, the assessment, and any evidence you have supplied to support your appeal.
We will normally let you have a decision within 1 month of receiving your appeal, but this may be longer if the council needs further evidence of your condition.
As a result of the appeal, we will let you know the outcome of your assessment.
If we do not hear from you within 1 month your application will stay declined and we will refund your payment of £10. If your appeal is unsuccessful or you do not appeal, you may apply again within a 6 month period if your personal circumstances change with regard to your disability or you become eligible under the automatic criteria for the scheme.