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The "blue badge" parking scheme provides a permit for people with mobility problems to park close to where they need to go.
Apply for a blue badge parking permit
All applicants, either new or existing badge holders, who wish to be considered for a blue badge parking permit must contact our Customer Services Centre on 01642 528499.
The team will guide you through a questionnaire, developed in conjunction with occupational therapists, to determine eligibility. Please note this process is mandatory for Stockton Borough Council residents even if you have completed an online form and submitted supporting evidence.
Applicants who receive approval for automatic qualification will need to provide their recent benefit award letter dated within the last twelve months and in addition, all applicants need to provide proof of residency via an official document such as a bank statement, utility bill or prescription which must be dated within the last three months.
For discretionary applications you must provide two forms of residency via an official document such as a bank statement, utility bill or prescription one of which must be dated within the last three months and bring the documents to your appointment at one of our centres (Thornaby Customer Services Centre, Stockton Customer Services Centre or Billingham Customer Service Centre).
If your application for a blue badge is approved, an appointment time for either Stockton, Thornaby or Billingham Customer Services Centre will be offered for you to register.
A digital photograph of the applicant will be taken at the time of registration.
If all documentation is correct, the badge will be issued and posted out by an external company within 10 working days.
Permit holders may:
- Park in any council-run pay and display car parks (charges apply).
- Use on-street parking bays free of charge.
- Stay up to three hours on a yellow line (except where loading restrictions are in place - indicated by kerb marks).
Who qualifies for a blue badge parking permit?
People who qualify for a permit usually have a "substantial and permanent" disability. There are criteria for automatic qualification and discretionary qualification.
Applicants qualify automatically for a "blue badge" parking permit if they are aged 3 or over and are:
- In receipt of the high rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance for help with getting around.
- Receives a Personal Independence Payment for being unable to walk further than 50 metres (a score of 8 points or more under the ‘moving around’ activity of the mobility component).
- Registered blind or are severely sight impaired.
- In receipt of War Pensioners Mobility Supplement.
- In receipt of a lump sum benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (compensation) Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability or considerable difficulty walking.
Applicants who do not automatically qualify for a "blue badge" parking permit may still be eligible if they:
- Drive a vehicle regularly and have severe disability in both arms and are unable (or have difficulty) operating all or some types of parking meter;
- Have a permanent or substantial disability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking;
- Are aged under 3 and, on account of a condition, must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty;
- Are a child who, on account of a condition, must always be kept near a motor vehicle so that, if necessary, treatment for that condition can be given in the vehicle or the child can be taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where such treatment can be given; or
- Are on the autistic spectrum.
Organisational "blue badge"
An organisational "blue badge" permit may be issued to an organisation using a motor vehicle or vehicles when the vehicle or vehicles are to be used to carry disabled people who would themselves be eligible for a badge.
Organisations will be asked to provide evidence of their tax exemption certificate.
Applicants applying under discretionary qualification rules should contact us to undertake a questionnaire to determine their eligibility.
New Blue Badge criteria for people with hidden disabilities
As of 30 August 2019 People with hidden disabilities, including autism and severe mental health conditions, are able to apply for a Blue Badge.
The Blue Badge scheme already means those with physical disabilities can park closer to their destination than other drivers, as they are less able to take public transport or walk longer distances.
The new criteria will extend eligibility to people who:
- cannot undertake a journey without there being a risk of serious harm to their health or safety or that of any other person (such as young children with autism);
- cannot undertake a journey without it causing them very considerable psychological distress; or
- have very considerable difficulty when walking (both the physical act and experience of walking).
Evidence we require to process you application for a blue badge parking permit
Applicants need to be able to provide proof of entitlement in the form of a benefit award letter, which must be of recent issue:
- Applicants in receipt of the high rate of mobility component of Disability Living Allowance will have an award notice letter or annual uprating letter from the Pensions, Disability and Carers Service. These can be obtained by telephone on (08457) 123456.
- Applicants who are registered blind or severely sight impaired will need a Certificate of Vision Impairment signed by a consultant ophthalmologist or the BD8 form.
- Applicants who are in receipt of War Pensioners Mobility Supplement will have an award letter from the Service and Veterans Agency. This can be obtained by telephone on (0800) 169 22 77).
- Applicants who are in receipt of a lump sum benefit under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (compensation) Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability or considerable difficulty walking will need an award letter confirming they are in receipt of tariffs 1-8 under the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces.
- (Compensation) Scheme Order 2011. This can be obtained by telephone on (0800) 169 22 77.
In addition, for automatic qualification you need to provide your recent benefit award letter dated within the last twelve months and in addition, all applicants need to provide proof of residency via an official document such as a bank statement, utility bill or prescription which must be dated within the last three months. For discrectionary applications you must provide two forms of residency via an official document such as a bank statement, utility bill or prescription one of which must be dated within the last three months.
Please note: badges cannot be issued in person at the Customer Service Centres. This includes new applications, renewals or duplicate badges. All badges across the country will be produced by a national supplier and your badge will be posted to your home address within 10 working days.
Cost of blue badge parking permit
A blue badge parking permit costs £10. Lost or replacement badges are also £10. Stolen badges will be replaced free of charge upon production of a crime number.
Northgate Public Services are warning blue badge applicants after it was found that unauthorised online services are asking applicants to pay them £49 to apply for a badge. We would like to assure applicants that the application process is free. Please contact our Customer Service Centre if you require more information.
Pay for a blue badge
You can pay the £10 administration fee in person at our customer service centres by using cash or a cheque or postal order made payable to Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.
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Charges apply for Blue Badge holders in Stockton Council car parks across the Borough where parking charges are applicable.
There will be a 'permitted overstay' concession for those displaying a valid Blue Badge whether in a disabled bay or a general bay, the time on the ticket will be allowed to over-run in the Council’s short stay car parks by one hour if a valid Blue Badge is correctly displayed.
The Council is proactively tackling fraudulent use of Blue Badges. Civil Enforcement Officers have the power under the Disabled Persons Act 2013 to inspect and seize any badge that:
- Is a fake.
- Has already been cancelled or reported lost or stolen.
- Should have been returned to the issuing authority because it has expired, the holder has died or is no longer disabled, the badge has become faded or damaged or has been recalled by the issuing authority.
- Was being misused (including by someone other than the holder when the genuine holder is not involved in the journey).