Blue Badge Scheme

The Blue Badge Scheme

Information and Guidance for Local Authorities

Here you can find information and guidance on administrating the Blue Badge scheme.

The Blue Badge Scheme Local Authority Guidance in England

Improving Blue Badge administration, assessment and enforcement: Good practice review - Final Report July 2011

For information on regulations that came into force in October 2007, please see the following guide.

Blue Badge Scheme Regulations October 2007

Explanatory Memorandum to 2007 Blue Badge Amendment Regulations

BBIS Frequently Asked Questions - Issue 2

Advice for local authorities regarding people with severe temporary impariments (June 2012)

Centres of Excellence

Eight local authorities have been awarded funding (a share of £500,000) and the status of ‘Blue Badge Centre of Excellence’ (CoE) to promote and share good practice with other local authorities in their region. This will help improve consistency on the administration and enforcement of the current scheme.

The eight local authorities are:

  • Manchester and Bolton as joint CoE for North West England
  • Rotherham as CoE for Yorkshire and Humberside
  • Southampton as CoE for South East England
  • Birmingham and Coventry as joint CoE for the West Midlands
  • Wandsworth and Kensington and Chelsea as joint CoE for London.


Blue Badge Reform

Since Norman Baker’s announcement on the 14th February 2011 about reforming the Blue Badge Scheme, the Department for Transport released an invitation to tender for a supplier to develop and deliver the Blue Badge Improvement Service(BBIS). They are pleased to announce that Northgate Information Solutions, have won the contract in partnership with Payne Security who will print and supply the new badge design.

Letter to Local Authorities regarding reform of the Blue Badge scheme

For more information on the BBIS and to download the newsletter update, please see here. (May 2011)

Newsletter update (August 2011)

Norman Baker MP has released a letter to Local Authority members providing updates since his announcement in February. The letter addresses updates regarding proposed key outcomes of the BBIS (Blue Badge Improvement Service), feedback from workshops which took place this summer,and the recommended steps to ensure the successful delivery of this business change. To view this please click below. 

Letter to Local Authorities regarding updates (September 2011)

For more information, please visit the Reform of the Blue Badge Scheme section on the DfT website.

Northgate Information Solutions have produced an information bulletin regarding the use of digital photographs in the Blue Bage design. To view this please see below.

BBIS Information bulletin: digital photographs (October 2011)

Local Transport Minister Norman Baker, has released a written statement addressing updates on the implementation of the Blue Badge reform programme that was announced in February 2011. In particular it addresses the Blue Badge Improvement Service.

Written Statement from Norman Baker regarding BBIS (10 January 2012)

Parking News Articles:

Some charges are more equal than others, Helen Smith, Mar 2010

Further reading:

Advice for local authorities regarding people with severe temporary impariments (June 2012)

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