Blue Badge parking

The Disabled Person’s Parking Badge scheme, also known as the Blue Badge scheme, provides a national arrangement of disabled parking concessions for people with severe mobility difficulties who travel either as drivers or passengers.

Blue Badge Eligibility

The Blue Badge scheme applies to people:

  • With severe mobility difficulties
  • Who are registered blind
  • With very severe disabilities in both upper limbs who regularly drive a vehicle but have difficulty using a parking meter
  • Children under the age of three with specific medical conditions

Using a Blue Badge

A Blue Badge will help you to park close to your destination, either as a passenger or driver. However, the Badge is intended for on-street, disabled parking only.

Off street car parks, such as those provided in local authority, hospital or supermarket car parks are governed by separate rules. We recommend you check the restrictions in place when you park. Do not assume you can always park for free.

Blue Badge parking in Southampton

Find Blue Badge disabled parking on our find parking map - remember to tick the Blue Badge parking layer.

Blue Badge Holders can park free of charge in all on street pay and display bays and all off street surface car parks as well as West Park Multi-storey car park for any length of time. Some on street Disabled Parking bays have a time limit. Please check the sign for any time limits after parking your vehicle.

Blue Badge Holders can park free and without time limit when displaying their valid badge in resident bays and limited waiting bays in zones 1-18 and 26-27. 

Parking fees are payable by Blue Badge Holders in Bedford Place, Eastgate Street, Grosvenor Square and Marlands Multi-storey car parks.

Badge Holders must not park on yellow lines where there are restrictions on loading or unloading - indicated by yellow kerb dashes and/or signs on plates. 

Remember: You must clearly display your Blue Badge on the dashboard of your car for the duration of your stay. If you do not display your Blue Badge you may receive a parking fine.

Apply for a disabled persons Blue Badge


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Website: GOV.UK Blue Badge Scheme
Tel: 023 8083 3748

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