Parking with a Blue Badge

If you have a valid Blue Badge or are driving a passenger who holds a valid badge, you can park in:

  • any disabled bay (observe time limits on signs in short-stay disabled bays)
  • pay and display bays - free of charge and no time limit
  • shared use (permit holders or pay and display) - free of charge and no time limit
  • waiting restrictions (single or double yellow lines) - up to three hours, provided the clock card is displayed and set to time of arrival
When parking, ensure your badge is clearly displayed on your dashboard with all information visible

Where Blue Badge holders can't park

  • permit holder parking bays
  • anywhere that causes an obstruction in the road
  • on a yellow line with a loading restriction in operation (indicated by yellow kerb stripes and white signs)
Blue Badge concessions may vary in other local authorities, so check if you're visiting another borough

You can find more information by visiting the Blue Badge scheme on the Government website.

London congestion charge exemption

Blue Badge holders can qualify for a discount from the London congestion charge. You must apply with TFL at least 10 days before your journey and pay a one time £10 registration fee.

Parking in European countries

The Blue Badge scheme is recognised throughout Europe. The Institute of Advanced Motorists, an independent road safety charity, publishes a booklet with detailed information on using the Blue Badge in EU countries.

Page last updated: 22 May 2017