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Applying for a Blue Badge

Find out if you are eligible for a blue badge and how to apply.

How do I know if I qualify and how do I apply?

If you are unsure if you qualify you can check your eligibility .

You can then download the appropriate application form:

How do I apply?

You can apply online at the Blue Badge Scotland website

  • The online form cannot be used for those applying under the cognitive impairment criteria. Please note, Blue Badge Scotland is the only legitimate website for applying online. Other websites may claim to offer an online service and could charge you for their assistance. West Lothian Council charges £20 for all successful applications and all replacement badges.

What evidence do I need?

All applications must be accompanied with the appropriate evidence:

  • Proof of identity - Birth / Adoption certificate or Marriage / Divorce certificate or Civil Partnership / Dissolution certificate or Valid driving licence or Passport.
  • Proof of your address dated within the last 12 months - council tax bill, utility bill or bank/Post Office statement - these documents must clearly bear your name and address.
  • Parents or guardians applying on behalf of applicants under the age of 16 can submit documents as described above.
  • Proof of entitlement e.g. award letter dated in last 12 months; or
  • Supporting evidence e.g. hospital report - discretionary applications only
  • Supporting evidence e.g. letter confirming diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment, completed questionnaire in Section 3 of the application form completed by a registered health care professional - risk in traffic applicants only.                              

Where should I take my application form?

Completed application forms should be taken to any Customer Information Service (CIS) office or local Library

Forms can be processed by Customer Information Service staff at the Bathgate Partnership Centre but not by Bathgate Library or Bathgate Partnership reception staff. If you are unable to attend in person, the form and associated paperwork can be handed in by a representative. Alternatively you can post all documentation to the address as noted on the application form. Organisational applications can be emailed or posted to the address noted on the form. Please ensure you also enclose your organisation logo.

Please note that we are unable to process applications at Pumpherston and Blackridge Libraries or at the Civic Centre.

 

Submitting Evidence even when applying online

If you do choose to apply online, you must still take your evidence into one of the council offices noted above. You may also require your photograph to be taken, even if you have uploaded one online, as the photographs uploaded may not be suitable.

Photographs

If you are attending one of our locations in person then there is no need to provide a photograph for your blue badge. The staff there will take a digital photo of you for use on the badge. If someone is applying on your behalf or you are applying by post then you must include an up to date passport style photograph with your application. Please ensure the photograph is signed on the back. 

    What happens next?

    All applications will be initially checked and recorded by our CIS and library staff. 

    Automatic applications

    Once we have confirmed your eligibility we will email or write to you with a payment reference number. Details of ways to pay will be contained within your letter. Once payment has been received our Blue Badge Administration team will process your application and upload all required data to the national database. The badge will then be ordered from the national supplier and sent direct to you within 7 working days of the order being placed. If payment has not been received within 28 working days your application will be cancelled and you will need to re-apply.

    Discretionary applications

    These applications will be assessed and you will either be refused, asked to attend an independent mobility assessment, or issued with a blue badge, depending on the outcome of the initial assessment.

    If you need to attend a mobility assessment or your application has been refused then we will write to you. If you believe your application has been wrongly refused you can request a review of your application and the decision. A request for a review must be made in writing within 28 days of the date on the refusal letter and must include the grounds for the review request. You may include further supporting evidence that was not included with your initial application.

    If your application is approved we will email or write to you with a payment reference number. Details of ways to pay will be contained within your letter. Once payment has been received our Blue Badge Administration team will process your application and upload all required data to the national database. The badge will then be ordered from the national supplier and sent direct to you within 7 working days of the order being placed. If payment has not been received within 28 days your application will be cancelled and you will need to re-apply.

    Risk in Traffic applications

    These applications may require further investigation. We may need to consult with the health care professionals you have listed on your form. 

    If your application is refused or we require further information then we will write to you.  If you believe your application has been wrongly refused you can request a review of your application and the decision.  A request for a review must be made in writing within 28 days of the date on the refusal letter and must include the grounds for the review request. You may include further supporting evidence that was not included with your initial application.

    If your application is approved we will email or write to you with a payment reference number.  Details of ways to pay will be contained within your letter.  Once payment has been received our Blue Badge Administration team will process your application and upload all required data to the national database.  The badge will then be ordered from the national supplier and sent direct to you within 7 working days of the order being placed. If payment has not been received within 28 days your application will be cancelled and you will need to re-apply.

    Your rights and responsibilities as a Blue Badge holder

    Please refer to the pdf icon Rights and Responsibilities of a Blue Badge Holder [1Mb] booklet to find out where you can and cannot park and your rights and responsibilities as a blue badge holder.

    If your application is successful you will be issued with the rights and responsibilities booklet as well as a parking clock, along with your blue badge.

    Parking clocks are not necessary for parking in Scotland, however legislation in England and Wales requires badge holders to display this due to time limitations that are in place. If you are a Blue Badge holder travelling to England or Wales then you should ensure you take a parking clock with you. West Lothian Council will provide replacement parking clocks for those that require it.