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Apply for or renew a Blue Badge


How to apply for or renew a Blue Badge.

Please be aware - some websites will offer to help you with your Blue Badge application but they may charge you an additional fee. You can apply using on our website, or through one of our Customer Access Points where you will not be charged any fees other than the cost of your Blue Badge.

Individual Blue Badge permits cost £10. It can take up to 12 weeks to process a Blue Badge application. To ensure there are no delays, please provide full and correct information with your initial application.

Apply for/renew a Blue Badge for an individual

Fast track applications: if you are terminally ill and a DS1500 report has been or will be issued, please contact your Macmillan Nurse or other health care professional, who will complete your application form. No cost or photograph will be required.

Apply online

Step 1: Follow the application process at apply for or renew a Blue Badge onlineYou must upload your documents as part of this process - we cannot process your application until we receive all your documentation. 

Step 2: Gov.uk will send you a confirmation email and send us your application so we can decide on your eligibility. It can take up to 12 weeks for us to let you know the decision.

Step 3: When you receive confirmation that you qualify, pay for your Blue Badge online. Individual permits cost £10.

Step 4: Your Blue Badge will be sent to you up to 14 working days after you have paid.

Apply by post

Step 1: Download the application form and contact us by post with your completed form and supporting information.We cannot process your application until we receive all your documentation. 

Step 2: We will decide on your eligibility. It can take up to 12 weeks for us to let you know the decision.

Step 3: When you receive confirmation that you qualify, Pay for your Blue Badge online or use one of the methods listed in your approval letter.

Step 4: Your Blue Badge will be sent to you up to 14 days after you have paid.

Your new badge is only valid from the date stated on it. You must not use your new Blue Badge until your old one has expired. If you display a badge with an invalid date, you may be fined.

Apply for/renew a Blue Badge for an organisation

Step 1: Download the application form and contact us by post with your completed form and supporting information.

Step 2: We will decide on your eligibility. It can take up to 12 weeks for us to let you know the decision.

Step 3: When you receive confirmation that you qualify, Pay for your Blue Badge online or use one of the methods listed in your approval letter.

Step 4: Your Blue Badge will be sent to you up to 14 days after you have paid.

Appealing our decision

If we decide you're not eligible, we will tell you why. You can ask us to reconsider your case if you don't think all the important information you provided was considered. You must do this within 28 days of the decision being made. You can also re-apply if your mobility problems become more serious.

Contact us
Blue Badge Scheme
03000 269 425
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • PO Box 115
  • Spennymoor
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL16 9BX

24 hour payment line
0300 456 2771
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