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If you've been refused a Blue Badge

This advice applies to England

If you’ve been refused a Blue Badge, you can ask for the decision to be reviewed by the council.

It's worth doing this if you can't walk more than 80 metres - about the length of 7 double decker buses, or if you can't use a parking meter because of problems with your arms. 

If you already have a Blue Badge and have been refused a renewal, if it's still valid you can use it until you get the result of your review.

If you’ve had your badge taken away

You can follow these steps to ask for it back - for example, if it’s been taken away because you've misused it or because you’ve moved from DLA to PIP and no longer automatically qualify for a Blue Badge.

Respond to your decision letter

Your council will explain in writing why they refused your application.

All councils have slightly different review processes - for example, some will include a form with your letter to be completed and returned, and others will ask you to write your own letter. It’s best to follow their instructions.

Reply to the address given on the letter.

You can get help writing your response from your nearest Citizens Advice.

What to write

Your letter will explain why your application was rejected.

Write back, asking for a review of the decision.

Explain why the reasons listed on your letter are wrong, in as much detail as you can.

Include any details you might have missed the first time. For example, if you have mobility problems, explain why using parking meters is painful or why it’s difficult for you to walk very far to get from your car to a shop.

Include scans, copies or photographs of any evidence you have, for example:

  • a letter from your doctor, physiotherapist or another medical expert
  • proof of your address, such as energy or council tax bills - if your local authority don’t think you really live in the area
  • proof of your identity with your picture on it, such as a passport - if your council doesn’t believe you’re the person you say you are
Read our advice on applying for a Blue Badge if you’re not sure what to write - it’ll help you give the right information about your condition.

When you’ll get a response will depend on your local council - you can phone and check if you need to know how long it will take.

If your application was rejected because you’ve misused a badge

It’s still worth asking for a review if you broke the rules because of a situation out of your control. Explain what happened in as much detail as you can.

Make a complaint

You can make a complaint if your council refuse to review their decision, or if you’re unhappy with the way your application has been dealt with.

All councils have slightly different complaints processes - you’ll be able to find out who to contact on their website.

Contact the ombudsman

If you’re not happy with the response to your complaint, you can phone or write to the Local Government Ombudsman.

They’ll take another look at your application, and decide whether your council made the wrong decision.

The Local Government Ombudsman
PO Box 4771
Coventry
CV4 0EH
Telephone: 0300 061 0614
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm, closed weekends
Calls cost 12p per minute from a landline, and from 3p to 45p from a mobile

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