After you apply

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Blue Badges

You can apply for or renew a Blue Badge, but due to the current situation our processing time may take longer than usual.

If you need a face to face assessment, we'll postpone this until further notice. We will not issue your Blue Badge until you've had your assessment.

If your Blue Badge has expired (since 1 January 2020) or is due to expire, you can continue to use it in council owned car parks whilst the current social distancing guidance is in place.

We will not issue you with Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) during this time. Make sure you continue to display your Blue Badge clearly in your car.

You cannot use your expired Blue Badge in private car parks.

After you apply

If you’ve applied for your Blue Badge online and provided your email address, we’ll email you to confirm we’ve received your application. Make sure you check your junk or spam emails.

It may take up to 12 weeks to process your application.

We will not refund the cost of parking tickets whilst you're waiting for your Blue Badge to arrive.

If we need more information

If we need more information about your application, we’ll contact you on the phone number or email address you provided when you applied.

We may ask you to attend an assessment to discuss your disability or condition. This will help us decide if you’re eligible for a badge.

If this is the case, we’ll contact you to book an assessment at our headquarters Gun Wharf or one of our community hubs in Strood or Twydall.

The assessment will be with an occupational therapist who'll ask you questions about your disability or condition. Assessments usually take less than an hour.

You will not be given a decision at your assessment. 

Decision 

We'll contact you by email or letter to tell you our decision. If you attended an assessment, this will be 5 to 10 days after your appointment. 

If your application is not successful

You can ask us to review our decision. Or, you can reapply in six months if your condition significantly deteriorates.

To request a review, explain why you disagree with our decision and why you should be eligible. Include any new or supporting proof of eligibility.

Send it to us by emailing blue.badges@medway.gov.uk or by posting it to the Blue Badge Team, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR.

We aim to complete the review and give you a decision within 28 working days.

If our decision remains unchanged after the review, you can submit a new application in 6 months or if your condition significantly deteriorates. 

If your circumstances change

You can reapply for a badge if your circumstances change and you meet the eligibility criteria.