About the Blue Badge Scheme
To qualify for a Blue Badge, you must have a permanent and significant disability. It is not for temporary disabilities or conditions.
If your Blue Badge has been issued by another local authority, you need to contact your previous local authority for them to change your address on the system.
If your badge was issued by City of Wolverhampton Council, you need to let us know in writing and provide proof of address – i.e. Council Tax letter dated within the last 3 months.
You can continue to use your badge until it expires. Prior to their current badge expiring you will need to apply for a new Blue Badge allowing 12 weeks for the new application to be processed.
If your badge expires in 6 months or less, it’s better for you to reapply for a new badge. You can do that online here)
If your badge has longer than 6 months left, you need to fill out this online form.
Please note: the application process will not take place until 28 days from the date of submission.
If you submitted your application within the last 6 weeks, the Blue Badge Team are still processing the application.
Applications can take up to 12 weeks to process dependent on the satisfactory submission of evidence and ID required.
Following the receipt of a completed Blue Badge application form, sufficient supporting documents, and £10.00 payment the Blue Badge will be issued within 21 days.
A £10.00 Blue Badge issue fee will apply to all (New, Renewal, Lost, Stolen) Blue Badges, should your application be successful.
You will be advised via letter from the Blue Badge team when you need to pay. You can pay via the following methods:
Post - Send a crossed postal order, made payable to City of Wolverhampton Council, Blue Badge Team, Ground Floor Civic Centre, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1RL. Write your application reference number 'WVBB' plus the applicant’s name and address on the reverse of the postal order.
Telephone - To pay by credit or debit card, contact the Blue Badge team. Quote application reference number 'WVBB', plus the applicant’s name and address.
Counter - The express pay point at the Civic Centre.
When the payment has been processed successfully your badge will be ordered posted out directly to the applicant.
Eligibility assessments are only held on Wednesdays between 9.15am or 3.15pm at Neville Garrett Centre, Bell Street. This is the only time the Occupational Therapist is able to do them. Eligibility assessment appointments are taken on a first come, first served basis, so we are unable to take appointment requests.
If you cancel your appointment, a letter will be sent out to you with the next available time and date (Wednesday between 9.15am or 3.15pm) within 4 weeks.
From Friday 30th August 2019, people with cognitive or non-physical disabilities can apply for a blue badge, if their condition causes them very considerable psychological distress while taking journeys. People who receive PIP with10 points for ‘planning and following a journey’, with the descriptor ‘cannot undertake any journey because it would cause overwhelming psychological distress to the claimant’, are automatically eligible for a blue badge.
People who are not automatically eligible need to provide significant evidence of their condition with their application, through documentation such as:
- Medical, psychiatric, or social care reports
- Letters from consultants, GPs, or hospitals
- Education, Health and Care Plans (children)
- Prescription lists (cannot be submitted on their own)
As part of the application process, you will also need to provide details of the condition and describe what coping mechanisms are currently in place and how effective they are. All of this information will be used to assess the application.
People whose ‘hidden’ disability affects their ability to walk can apply under the criteria for walking difficulties.
Visit the Department for Transport website for more information.