Blue badge parking scheme for disabled people

The blue badge scheme helps you to park closer to your destination if you’re disabled. It may also allow you to park for a set amount of time for free. You can apply for a blue badge online or by calling 0300 500 80 80.

Blue badges are issued to individual people not vehicles. This means you can use a blue badge both as a driver and a passenger. You can also transfer your blue badge to whichever vehicle you are using for a particular journey.

Who is eligible for a blue badge?

  • people on certain benefits or who are registered blind are automatically eligible
  • other disabled people may be eligible for a badge, dependent on the results of a mobility assessment
  • children under 3 may be eligible depending on certain conditions
  • organisations caring for disabled people meeting the eligibility criteria may be able to get a badge, but this is entirely at the county council's discretion

Special access schemes

Special access schemes, also known as the green badge scheme, are for people who have particular mobility difficulties. The badge allows you to drive and park a vehicle in certain pedestrian areas in Nottinghamshire.

You can apply by calling 01623 434519 or by filling out a special access permit application form (PDF File, 501kb) and sending it to Central Processing Unit, PO BOX 10282, Sutton-In-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 0DX.

Parking for disabled people

Blue badge holders may park free of charge only when parked in a designated disabled bay (yellow bays) for a maximum of three hours. You must display a valid disabled badge and parking clock.

Download a list of disabled spaces in Council car parks (PDF File, 365kb) [PDF].

Normal charges will apply if you are parked in other bays (white bays) – please continue to display your blue badge along with your pay and display ticket.

Regardless of the availability of disabled parking bays, disabled drivers are not permitted to park on double yellow lines in car parks.

If a blue badge holder cannot get in a disabled space and have to park in an ordinary bay, then they will have to pay and display.

If you use a car park not operated by the Council, you’ll need to check what charges apply for disabled motorists.