Where can I park using my Blue Badge?

Question:
Where can I park using my Blue Badge?
Answer:

Before you park 

  • Ensure that you check signage carefully
  • Check that your Blue Badge has not expired
  • Park in a marked bay

Please note: Motorists parked in disabled bays who do not clearly display a valid Blue Badge in accordance with the instructions provided will be liable for a parking fine.
 

Where can I park?

Eligible Blue Badge holders, carrying and displaying a valid badge correctly, may park:

  • for up to 3 hours on roads where waiting is prohibited, such as single or double yellow lines, unless the signs say 'no loading or unloading'
  • all day on roads where parking is free but restricted by time
  • on most council-run car parks. Please check signage for prices and time restrictions

Please note: Do not park in a pedestrian zone unless there is a sign showing that vehicles displaying a Blue Badge are exempt.
 

Where can I not park?

The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere. You must not park:

  • in places where a ban on loading or unloading is in force, as indicated by kerb markings
  • in parking places reserved for specific users such as residents' bays or loading bays
  • on pedestrian crossings (zebra, pelican, toucan and puffin crossings), including areas marked by zig-zag lines
  • on clearways (roads with no stopping in force)
  • on bus, tram or cycle lanes or cycle tracks
  • where there are double white lines in the centre of the road (even if one of the lines is broken)
  • by suspended parking meter bays or when the use of the meter is not allowed
  • where temporary parking restrictions are in force, e.g. by no-waiting cones

Further information is available in the Rights and Responsibilities in England leaflet.

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