Am I eligible for a blue badge?

Cornwall Council administers the blue badge scheme for Cornwall residents. You can find more details about blue badges and check online if you qualify for one on the GOV.UK website.

You do not have to be a driver or a car owner to apply for or have a blue badge. The badge is issued to you and can be used in any vehicle you travel in. However you must not allow someone else to use the badge on your behalf, it can only be used when you are using the vehicle.

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You will only get a blue badge if you are able to show that you have a permanent and substantial disability which means you are either unable to walk, or have considerable difficulty with walking. There is a £10.00 fee for issuing a blue badge.

A blue badge will NOT usually be given if any of the following statements apply to you;

  • You have a temporary health impairment or injury such as a broken leg or are recovering from a hip/knee replacement that is expected to recover within 6 months.
  • You only need a blue badge to access facilities to manage continence.
  • You only require a wide parking bay to open the car door.
  • You only have poor eye sight.
  • You only require a blue badge to help manage a mental health condition (for example memory loss, or behaviours/routines).
  • You have intermittent periods when you walk with considerable difficulty, but most of the time you are able to walk.

You will be automatically eligible for a blue badge if you are over two years old and meet at least one of the following criteria. Further details about these conditions can be found on the GOV.UK website.

  • Receives the Higher Rate of Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Receives a Personal Independence payment (PIP) for being unable to walk further than 50 meters (a score of 8 points or more under the ‘moving around’ activity of the mobility component)
  • Is registered Blind (severely sight impaired)
  • Receives a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
  • Has received a lump sum benefit within tariff levels 1-8 of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation) Scheme and has been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking

You may also be entitled to a blue badge if you are able to show that you have a permanent and substantial disability which means you are either unable to walk, or have considerable difficulty with walking.

If you move to Cornwall from another area, you can continue to use your old badge and apply for a new one from Cornwall Council when it expires.  You should tell the council that issued your old badge about your change of address.

Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are being phased in to replace Disability Living Allowance for people who are aged 16 to 64.  If you have been awarded eight points or more on the moving around element of PIP, you’re eligible for a blue badge.