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From 1 January 2012 the scheme changed to:
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Anyone over two years old automatically qualifies for a Blue Badge if they:
Anyone over two years old may be eligible for a Blue Badge, if they either:
You will be sent an application pack, approximately twelve weeks before the expiry date. The pack will contain a covering letter, an application form and
a set of guidance notes to help you complete the application form correctly. For current badge holders this will be a change from previous years. All
applications for a Blue Badge will follow the same process.
This depends on the information provided by the applicant and whether, as part of the assessment process, you are required to attend an Independent
Mobility Assessment. For those eligible for a badge, most will receive it within 8 weeks from the day we receive a fully complete application.
Yes. West Sussex County Council has an appeals process which is clear, straightforward and fair, and is not in itself a deterrent to applying for a badge. In addition, the appeal procedure is clearly signposted to unsuccessful applicants in their decision letter.
Yes. The fee is £10.00.
This covers some of the administration costs, the costs associated with the new style badge, which is harder to copy, forge or alter, and the local
costs for linking to the national database.
Generally a badge is issued for a three-year period although in some circumstances this can be less. The expiry date will be clearly stated on the
The County Council has stopped using GP medical reports for the following reasons:
While WSCC cannot prevent you from approaching your GP for a report, it is worth noting that:
No. The assessment is free of charge.
Yes. You will need to bring some form of identification and a list of medication that you are taking, as this could be useful (you do not need to bring
the medication itself).
You may purchase and use your own wallet to display your badge but please note that the new style badge issued from January 2012 may not fit all wallets
on the market. Please also note that some plastic wallets on the market can damage the hologram on the new security style badge if exposed to high
You should advise the Police that your badge has been lost and obtain a crime number. If the badge was issued before 1 January 2012 you will need to
complete an application form under the new arrangements. You will need to satisfy the new eligibility criteria to be issued with a new style badge and a
£10.00 fee will be payable.
If the badge was issued after 1 January 2012 you will need to contact us to let us know the crime number so we can update the national database to prevent
fraudulent use. You will be issued with a replacement. The £10.00 fee for a badge is payable for each replacement.
Please notify, in writing, the authority that issued your Blue Badge.If you are a West Sussex resident please write to:
You will need to follow the application process found in the section: How do I apply for
a Blue Badge.
No. You need to return the Blue Badge to the address below to allow the national database to be updated and the badge cancelled.
Please return it to the following address:
The Blue Badge is provided for the benefit of the badge holder. In most circumstances the badge holder will be in the vehicle when it is being used.
However, if you are being dropped off or collected from somewhere by a relative, they may use it to park where and when you are being dropped off.
It is a criminal offence for you or anyone else to misuse the badge, and doing so could lead to a £1,000 fine.
You need to summarise this in writing to enable us to undertake an investigation. It would help if you can provide the Blue Badge serial number. You
should send this to the postal address above or you can send an email to:
More information about medical conditions, disabilities and
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