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Blue badges

Blue Badge scheme

The Blue Badge scheme is a national parking concession scheme for people with:

  • severe walking difficulties who travel either as drivers or passengers
  • registered blind people
  • people with severe upper limb disabilities who regularly drive a vehicle but cannot turn a steering wheel by hand

We are responsible for issuing Blue Badges to residents of Bedford Borough who meet the criteria.

Apply for a Blue Badge

Apply for a Blue Badge using the Government's national application form.

There is a £10 charge for each Badge.  Please do not send any payment with your application form.  Please be aware until payment is received, a blue badge cannot be issued. 


The Blue Badge is a two-sided card with space for a photograph of the badge holder on the back of the card. You must provide two recent photographs which you should sign on the back. You may send passport-type photographs taken from self-service booths or any suitable photographs cut down to a passport photo size (the Council reserves the right to refuse photographs it considers unsuitable.

Where you can park with a Blue Badge

Blue Badge holders can park in Bedford Borough Council car parks free of charge and without any time limit.

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

Badge holders may be exempt from limits on parking times imposed on other users. Badge holders may usually park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours except where there is a ban on loading or unloading. You cannot park the same vehicle in the same road for least one hour after leaving.

Replacement applications

To replace lost badges applicants must pay the required £10 fee.

Please report the loss of your Blue Badge by calling 01234 228588. At this point you will be asked to pay for your replacement badge using a debit/credit card.

Blue Badge not received

If you do not receive your Blue Badge within 28 days of making payment you MUST inform Bedford Borough Council on 01234 718009. Failure to report the non-receipt of the badge within 28 days will result in you having to pay an additional administrative fee.

Who to contact


Where to go

Bedford Borough Council
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
MK42 9AP
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Age Bands
11-14 years old
18-25 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old