Blue Badge

The Blue Badge Scheme provides a way to help severely disabled people live independent lives by knowing that when they reach their destination, either as a passenger or driver, that they will be able to park near to the venue and therefore have easier access to the services they want to use.

 

The Blue Badge parking concessions only allow badge holders to park on-street. They do not apply to off-street car parks, such as supermarket car parks or on privately owned roads. However there may be special concessions for badge holders in these areas and you should check for signs.

Cost of a Blue Badge

West Lothian Council will charge an administration fee of £20 for all applications received from 01 April 2018. The £20 charge also applies to replacing lost, stolen, or misplaced badges. A blue badge can be valid for up to three years.

There will not be a charge for applicants who can evidence that they are in receipt of a DS1500 form.

Your personal details

All personal information that you supply will be used to process your application for a blue badge in accordance with data protection law. The information that you supply will be used to process your application and for fraud prevention. We will share your information with the following:

  • Medical practitioners identified by you in your application
  • Police and parking enforcement officers
  • Government Agencies for fraud prevention i.e HMRC, DWP and Audit Scotland
  • Supplier used to produce the badge

We will not share your information with anyone else unless required to do so by law. We will keep your personal information for 6 years from receipt of your application.

Data Protection law gives you a number of rights including the right to make a complaint about the handling of your personal information. Complaints should be submitted to the Information Commissioner's Office or the Council's Data Protection Officer. Further details can be found on the Data Protection Section of our website.

 

Find out if you are eligible for a blue badge and how to apply.
The eligibility criteria is set by legislation laid before the Scottish Parliament. The criteria for individuals is split into - "without further assessment" (automatic) , "subject to further assessment" (discretionary) and "risk in traffic" (cognitive).
A Blue Badge is issued for a maximum of 3 years. Near to the end of the period stated on your existing badge, you will need to re-apply and supply up to date evidence of your entitlement, proof of identity and address. There is a charge of £20 for all successful applications.
West Lothian Council provides replacement blue badges at a charge of £20.

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