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Blue Badge scheme

The Blue Badge scheme provides special parking provisions for people with a physical or mental health disability that severely impairs their ability to walk short distances. The scheme enables parking for either drivers or passengers closer to their required destination.

The Blue Badge scheme is open to individuals as well as organisations that transport people on a regular basis that have a severe walking impairment.

The scheme is run by the Department for Transport and is administered by local authorities who deal with the application and assessments as well as the issuing of the badges.

For more information on who can apply for a Blue Badge is available on gov.uk, or use their eligibility checker.

Applying or renewing a Blue Badge

To apply for a Blue Badge for the first time or renew a badge that is due to expire, you must complete an application online. If you have difficulty completing online forms, contact the Islington Blue Badge team to discuss on 020 7527 6108 or email blue.badge@islington.gov.uk.

Where Blue Badge holders can park in Islington

  • On single and double yellow lines (where there are no loading and waiting restrictions) for up to three hours, providing the clock card is displayed and set to your time of arrival and not parked where the vehicle can cause a dangerous obstruction.
  • In resident bays, and short stay bays for an unlimited time.
  • In designated disabled bays for an unlimited time (please note: there are a small number of time limited disabled bays, please check the sign to confirm how long you can park). These do not include dedicated disabled bays designated for a specific disabled person.

Keeping your Blue Badge safe

As Blue Badges are often targeted for theft, we recommend that a Blue Badge Protector is purchased from a reputable supplier. Blue Badge holders may also be entitled to a free resident parking permit, which will allow you to park within your controlled parking zone without the need to display the badge, which reduces the risk of theft of the badge.

EU and non-EU disabled badges

The European Union disabled badge scheme is fully recognised in Islington and all EU badge holders have the same parking rights and Blue badge holders.

Disabled badges from outside the EU vary in design and it is hard to verify their authenticity. For this reason, we do not accept disabled badges from outside the EU. For details of parking concessions in Europe for holders of blue badges, please contact the Department for Transport.

Blue Badge fraud

Unfortunately the Blue Badge scheme is prone to misuse and the theft of Blue Badges is a serious problem across London.

To report suspected Blue Badge fraud, call us on 020 7527 2000 or email parkingfraud@islington.gov.uk 

We prosecute Blue Badge cheats under the Fraud Act which can result in substantial fines and even imprisonment.

Stolen badges

Theft of a Blue Badge must be reported to the police immediately. You can visit your local police station or call the non-emergency number 101. The police will provide you with a crime reference number within two working days, which we need to verify the badge has been stolen.

Once you have your crime reference number you will need to complete a declaration of theft form and where applicable we will require proof of repairs to the vehicle resulting from the theft.

Blue Badge Holders are reminded that any false statement will lead to prosecution and upon conviction is subject to a fine of up to £2,500.

As soon as we receive the completed form we will process your request within 10 working days.

Lost badges

If you have lost your Blue Badge you will be required to obtain a lost property reference number from the Report My Loss website. There is a £4.95 charge to report a lost item. You will then be able to print out a certificate with the details of your report. Please note that the Police no longer take reports of lost items.

You will also need to complete a declaration of loss form. In order to complete the form, you will require the lost property reference number.

Blue Badge holders are reminded that any false statement will lead to prosecution and upon conviction is subject to a fine of up to £2,500. As soon as we receive the completed lost form we will process your request within 10 working days.

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