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Blue Badges

The Blue Badge Scheme is designed to give registered blind people and those who are unable or virtually unable to walk the ability to park close to the facilities and services they need to use, so as to improve their lifestyle, independence and freedom of choice.

Who can have a Blue Badge?

Under the current regulations governing the scheme, badges may be automatically issued if the applicant is more than two years old and is in receipt of certain benefits. Other people may have a badge if their disability is permanent and substantial and makes them unable or virtually unable to walk, this is known as discretionary criteria.

Please use our eligibility checker below to determine whether you automatically qualify or if you would be applying under the discretionary criteria.

Eligibility Checker

Blue Badges that are due to expire

If you have previously been awarded a Blue Badge and it is due to expire, you will need to reapply.  Please use the eligibility checker below to see whether you automatically qualify for your Blue Badge or whether you should apply under the discretionary criteria.

Eligibility Checker

You should ensure you apply in good time, at least two months before the badge expires as it is an offence to use an expired badge, even if you have applied for a new one.  It is the badge holders responsibility to ensure that it is valid. Expired badges should be returned to your nearest Flintshire Connects office or posted to Flintshire Connects, Wepre Drive, Connah's Quay, CH5 4HA.

Report a lost or stolen badge

You will need to complete a form before we can arrange for a replacement badge. You can download the form, collect one in person from your nearest Flintshire Connects office or telephone 01352 701304 to request a form be posted to you. We require proof of identify and proof address along with the completed form. If your badge has been stolen then you should contact the Police (telephone 101) in the first instance and ask for a crime reference number as we require this information to process a renewal badge. There is currently a £10 charge for a replacement badge.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am partially sighted do I qualify?

No. Applicants need to be registered blind and provide their BD8 or CVI registration form.

I have broken my knee / ankle / leg etc can I have a temporary badge?

No. The condition must be a permanent substantial walking disability.

How long will the application take?

Depending on your circumstances an application can take up to 3 weeks to process. If you are successful your badge will be sent directly to your home address.

Can I come and collect by badge from reception?

No. The badges are posted out by an external organisation.

What happens if my application is not successful?

There is no appeals process but should your condition change you can reapply for a Blue Badge 6 months from the date of refusal.