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Parking with a blue badge

It is the badge holder or guardian’s responsibility to make sure the blue badge is kept safe at all times.

We strongly recommend that the badge stays with the badge holder when it is not being used. Please do not leave it in a vehicle when it is not being used, even if you use the vehicle regularly.

We carry out effective enforcement of blue badges. If you are found to be misusing the badge, you may be prosecuted.

How to display your badge

Your badge must be on the dashboard or front panel of your car. The details must be visible through the windscreen. 

If you park somewhere with a parking limit, you must display the parking clock with the badge to show your time of arrival. 

You may receive a parking ticket if you display them incorrectly. 

Where you can park

Your can use your blue badge to park for as long as you need in: 

  • on-street pay and display 
  • council car parks
  • blue badge holder only bays

You can park for up to 3 hours with your parking clock in: 

  • resident bays
  • double yellow lines
  • single yellow lines

If you park outside of controlled hours, it is free. 

You must check car park signs for charges, time limits, and special rules for blue badge holders, or loading bans. 

Event parking

During events in the city centre, you can use the on-street parking available. Charges apply when parking in Sophia Gardens or the Civic Centre. 

Using your blue badge abroad


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