Please read the guidance carefully before completing the application for a residential disabled bay.
All disabled parking facilities are provided on the basis that any valid Blue Badge holder may use them, providing they observe the rules of the scheme and the requirements of Southampton City Council.
It is a key requirement that users display their Blue Badge when parking in disabled parking bays, and that all four wheels are parked within the bay area. Blue Badge holders should refer to the booklet that comes with the badge for further guidance on its correct and proper use.
Abuse of the scheme may lead to fines up to £1000.
As part of the application process the Traffic management team will make a resident visit and consider a range of requirements in assessing qualification for a disabled bay marking outside or near to a residence. The following criteria are considered as part of the application process:
There is a resident disabled person with a valid Blue Badge
Where the applicant is not the driver, but a driver lives at the same address, a bay may be considered, providing that the vehicle is used as a regular means of transport for the benefit of the disabled person, and/or the vehicle is exempt from road tax and/or the disabled person is a child or otherwise not responsible for their actions.
There is no useable or accessible off-road parking.
A car is registered & kept at the residence and would normally be parked in the bay when not in use.
There are significant problems in accessing on-street parking.
There are no conflicting road safety requirements or other overriding interests.
Please note the application process may take up to three months for a regulation 6.6 metre disabled persons parking bay on the highway. This period will be longer for bays in housing parking areas, which require agreement from the local housing office and smaller bays in streets where parking space is limited, which require authorisation from the Department for Transport.
Requests for disabled persons parking bays on housing society or association land should be referred to the respective organisation.