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This page provides information about using your Blue Badge. You can also find out about parking - and your rights and responsibilities - on the Directgov 'Blue Badge Scheme' web pages.

The Blue Badge must be displayed. In England and Wales it must also show the time of arrival. There should be an interval of at least one hour from a previous period of waiting before the same vehicle can be parked in the same road or part of a road on the same day.

Badge holders may park free of charge and without time limit at parking meters on-street and 'pay-and-display' on-street parking, unless a local traffic order specifying a time limit for holders of disabled parking badges, such as a ban on loading, is in force.

Badge holders may be exempt from limits on parking times imposed on other users - check the local signs for information. Badge holders may usually park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours in England and Wales, or without any time limit in Scotland, except where there is a ban on loading or unloading, and at a few locations where local schemes apply. If you are in doubt, display your parking disc.

This is just a brief guide. If your application is approved we will send you a guidance booklet. This explains in greater detail where you are able to park.

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Where to park

Badge holders may park free of charge and without time limit at parking meters on-street and 'pay and display' on-street parking unless a local traffic order, specifying a time limit for holders of disabled parking Badges, such as a ban on loading, is in force.

Badge holders may usually park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours (England and Wales, or without any time limit in Scotland) except where there is a ban on loading or unloading and at a few locations where local schemes apply.

The Blue Badge must be displayed, and in England and Wales the special blue parking disc must also be displayed showing the time of arrival.

There must be an interval of at least one hour from a previous period of waiting before the same vehicle can be parked in the same road or part of a road on the same day.

The Blue Badge can be used in any EU country. If travelling to the Americas or Australia, it is recommended that you contact the British Embassy for more information.

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Where not to park

The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere.

You must not park during the time a ban on loading or unloading is in force (normally indicated by one or two yellow marks on the kerb at the times shown on the post mounted plates).

However, in pedestrian areas, waiting and loading restrictions may be in force even where there are no yellow lines shown on the road or kerb. Details of any restrictions in force will be shown on plates displayed at the kerb side of the road. Restrictions may include:

  • where there are double white lines in the centre of the road, even if one of the lines is broken
  • in a bus or tram lane during its hours of operation
  • in a cycle lane
  • on any clearway, double or single red lines during their hours of operation
  • on all pedestrian crossings - including Zebra, Pelican, Toucan and Puffin crossings
  • on zig-zag markings before and after Zebra, Pelican, Toucan and Puffin Crossings
  • in parking places reserved for specific users - for example, permit holders only, loading bays, taxis, and cycles
  • on a residents parking bay, unless there are signs showing that you may do so, or you have checked with the local authority's Highway department that you may do so
  • in suspended meter bays or when use of the meter is prohibited
  • where temporary restrictions on parking are in force along a length of road - for example, as indicated by no-waiting cones
  • on school 'Keep Clear' markings during the hours shown on a yellow no-stopping plate.


Also, you must not park where it would be obstructive or cause a danger to others. The following are likely examples:

  • At school entrances, bus stops, bends on roads, near the brow of a hill or hump bridge.
  • Where it would make it difficult for others to see clearly - for example, close to a junction.
  • Where it would make the road narrow - for example, by a traffic island or where roadworks are in progress.
  • Where it would hold up traffic - for example, in narrow stretches of road or blocking vehicles in entrances.
  • Where emergency vehicles stop or go in and out - for example, hospital entrances.
  • Where the kerb has been lowered or the road raised to form a pedestrian crossing.
  • On a pavement, unless signs permit it.


Remember the following...

  • If you park where it would cause an obstruction or danger to other road users your vehicle could be removed by the police. You could also be prosecuted and your badge withdrawn.
  • Vehicles cannot legally be wheelclamped on the public highway for parking offences provided a valid Blue Badge is correctly displayed on the vehicle. However, you should be aware that if you park improperly on privately owned land you may risk having your vehicle wheelclamped.
  • The vehicle must be moved if a police officer or a traffic warden in uniform requests it.


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Parking in central London

The scheme does not apply in:

  • the City of London
  • the City of Westminster
  • the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • that part of the London Borough of Camden, bounded by and including the borough boundary, Euston Road, Upper Woburn Place, Tavistock Square, Woburn Place, Russell Square, Southampton Road, Theobalds Road and Clerkenwell Road.


If you are planning to visit central London and intend to use your badge you may wish to check first with the authorities concerned. Details of the concessions provided in each authority can be obtained through GOV.UK.

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Parking in West Sussex

External links to useful information on parking in West Sussex by District and Borough:

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