Council of the Isles of Scilly operates the blue badge scheme on behalf of the Department of Transport to people who are registered blind or have considerable difficulty in walking. This allows disabled people to park closer to shops or other facilities, whether driver or passenger. Contact the One Stop Shop on telephone 0300 1234 105 or by email at email@example.com for further information and application form or go to the Directgov website where you will be taken to an eligibility checker, and then if successful to the online application form.
The blue badge is recognised in some European countries, and allows you the same parking concessions as residents of the country you are visiting.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can have a Blue Badge?
You are automatically eligible to apply for a Blue Badge if you are over two years old and meet one of the following criteria:
- receive the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance
- are severely sight impaired (registered blind)
- receive the War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement
- receive a lump sum benefit from the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme (within tariff levels 1-8). You must also have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking
- receive 8 points or more under the 'moving around' descriptor for the mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
As part of your application you will be required to provide supporting documentation as evidence of your qualifying benefit.
If you do not automatically qualify, we will assess your eligibility for a Blue Badge. Anyone over two years old may be eligible for a Blue Badge, if they either:
- have a permanent and substantial disability which means you cannot walk, or which makes walking very difficult. An Independent Mobility Assessment may be required to assess the level of disability
- drive a motor vehicle regularly, have a severe disability in both arms, and are unable to operate all or some types of parking meter (or would find it very difficult to operate them)
Children under 3 years
If you are the parent of a child who is less than 3 years old, you may apply for a blue badge for your child if they have a specific medical condition which means that they:
- must always be accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around without great difficulty
- need to be kept near a vehicle at all times, so that they can, if necessary, be treated in the vehicle, or quickly driven to a place where they can be treated, such as a hospital
The information you provide in your application will be processed and shared with partner agencies in accordance with the Data Protection Act and may be used for the prevention and detection of fraud and shared with other appropriate bodies for auditing purposes.
How do I apply for a blue badge and how long will the process take?
You should complete the form and return it to the One Stop Shop at The Town Hall, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly TR21 OLW.
You should enclose with your application:
- Proof of identification required
- National Insurance number required
- Details of your current blue badge, if you have one
- Digital or signed photo required
- The current fee for a Disabled Person's Badge is £10.00.
The Council accepts payments by *debit cards, cheques and cash for the £10.00 badge issue fee. Payments are to be made at the One Stop Shop, Town Hall, St. Mary's. Cheques are made payable to the Council of the Isles of Scilly. *Debit card payments can also be made over the phone on 01720 424000. Payment will only be taken if your application for a Blue Badge is successful. You will only be issued with a Blue Badge once your payment has been received. You will normally hear within four weeks whether your application has been successful.
What do I do if my Blue Badge is lost, stolen or faded?
Where a badge has been lost, stolen or destroyed, or has become so damaged/faded that is is illegible, a replacement badge can be issued. You will also need to submit one photograph and a £10.00 fee (cheques made payable to Council of the Isles of Scilly).
Please note that:
If the original badge has less than six months until it expires, a renewal form should also be completed. If the original badge has more than six months until it expires, service users should write in to the Adult Social Care Office asking for a replacement and advising of the reasons why it is required. In the case of lost or stolen badges the applicant will be asked to provide the police crime report number. In the case of faded or damaged badges, the existing badge should be returned.You should complete the form and return it to the One Stop, The Town Hall, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly TR21 OLW
What should I do with the Blue Badge for someone who has died?
Badges must be returned following the death of a service user so that records can be updated on our system and badges destroyed. The badge can be posted to your local One Stop Shop at the Town Hall, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly TR21 0LW.
How do I renew my Blue Badge?
We need to treat each renewal like a new application to make sure we are issuing Blue Badges to people who meet the DfT guidance.
We do not issue standard reminders to renew your Blue Badge.
We need to receive your application at least four weeks before your badge is due to expire, to give us time to consider your application. If your application is successful, your new badge will be sent to you approximately one week before the expiry of your current badge.