Blue Badge Information

Warning: Non-affiliated websites charging assistance fees

Applicants should be aware that non-affiliated websites exist charging fees for “assistance” with the Blue Badge application process which can be done quite simply for no extra charge. We would recommend you avoid using these sites and contact the Council if you have any queries.

The Blue Badge Scheme is a parking concessions to help people with severe walking difficulties, whether they are a driver or a passenger, to park close to their destination.

The scheme also applies to registered blind people, and people with severe upper limb disabilities who regularly drive a vehicle but cannot turn a steering wheel by hand.

A new extension to the criteria for Blue Badges was introduced on 1 April, 2016 on a pilot basis year  for “people, who as a result of a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment, have no awareness of danger from traffic and are likely to compromise their safety, or the safety of others.”   Diagnosed mental disorder is a legal expression including conditions like dementia, autism and Down’s syndrome. 

Further information on the scheme can be obtained by visiting Transport Scotland

Please note, Blue Badge holders can park for free in all of East Dunbartonshire's Council car parks - even where charges are in place and regardless of whether it is in a disabled bay.

You don't even have to obtain a ticket for the initial free two-hour period - provided your badge is on show.

The Council administers the Blue Badge Scheme and issues badges.  The Council is legally entitled to issue badges only to those applicants who meet the criteria under the legislation which came into force on 1 April 2011.

How to apply for a Blue Badge or Disabled Parking Bay

The Blue Badge Application form will request detailed information to find out if applicants meet the eligibility criteria or require further assessment. The application form must be completed in full, with as much information as possible or there may be a delay in processing the application. You can apply:

  • apply online
  • downloading an application form attached
  • download the Parking Bay application form attached
  • by requesting an application form from one of our Community Hubs

On receipt of the Parking Bay application form, the Occupational Therapy Service will check the completed paperwork and verify the Blue Badge and driving licence details. If the applicant meets the criteria, a recommendation is forwarded to the Roads Department.

The decision to provide a parking bay rests with the Roads Department. It may not be possible to create such a facility in some areas because of the disruption this will cause to local traffic.

Eligibility Criteria

The provision of a Disabled Parking Bay is intended for people who:

  • Have severe mobility problems and who also hold a current and valid Blue Badge.
  • Do not have access to any off road parking e.g. driveway and/or garage.
  • Have their own vehicle permanently at their address.
  • Have a permanent disability, and would otherwise find it impossible to walk the distance between their vehicle and their home.

In exceptional circumstances, consideration may also be given to disabled passengers who meet the above criteria and who cannot be left unattended for any period of time. In these circumstances, medical verification by a doctor is required and any charges for supplying this information would be the applicant's responsibility.

Disabled Parking Bay

A Disabled Person's Parking Bay is an area marked on the road to show that the space has been reserved for a disabled person. These marked areas are for people with disabilities who are Blue Badge holders and have a car, to enable them to park close to their home.

The Disabled Persons' Parking Places (Scotland) Act 2009 requires all Scottish councils to improve the proper use of parking places that are designated or provided for vehicles displaying a Blue Badge. At present, many of these bays are only advisory i.e. they are not covered by a statutory order. The 2009 Act requires councils to identify every advisory disabled persons' parking place in its area, and if it meets certain criteria, start the Order making procedure to make such parking places enforceable.


There is an administration fee of £20 for each Blue Badge which needs to be paid at the point of application and can be made as follows:

  • by debit or credit card and cheque (payments made by credit card are subject to an additional 1.9% charge)

As from 13 January 2018 we will no longer apply surcharges for credit card payments.

  • by cheque at any of the Council's Community Hubs (cheques should be made payable to East Dunbartonshire Council)

The charge applies to all Blue Badge applications, including replacements.  Please note that, for security reasons, your payment will be processed immediately upon receipt. If your application for a Blue Badge is not successful, the fee will be reimbursed to you.

Period of Issue

The maximum period that any badge will be awarded is three years.

Temporary badges may be awarded if the applicant meets the eligibility criteria, and their condition is likely to last for a period of at least twelve months, but less than three years.

Lost or Stolen

Blue Badge holders are responsible for the security of their badges. All lost or stolen Blue Badges must be reported to the Police. We issue replacements for lost badges but only four weeks after you report the loss to the Police. This allows for the possibility of the original badge being found and returned. You need to provide a lost property slip, which will be provided by the Police and a recent passport style photograph to apply for your replacement badge.

For stolen Blue Badges, you must provide a crime reference number and passport style photograph to get your replacement badge.

View Eligibility Checker attached.

  • apply online.
  • download application form attached.