Get a disabled parking bay near your home

If you’re a Blue Badge holder, you can ask us to put white lines for a disabled parking space near your home.

How to apply

Download the Disabled person’s parking bay form (pdf, 102k) (opens new window) , fill this out and return it to us by post.

You’ll need

  • your Blue Badge number
  • your Blue Badge expiry date
  • a copy of pages one and two of your Vehicle Registration Certificate (V5C)

About the scheme

The Disabled Persons Parking Bay and Line Scheme helps Blue Badge holders park as close to home as possible. It’s only for residential use where disabled motorists have no off-street parking near their home. We can also put white access markings in front of a drive or access way.

Where you can ask for a bay

You can only ask for an advisory space near your home, not at any other location such as at the house of a friend or family member. If your application is approved, we might not be able to offer you a space right outside your home, but we’ll put it as close as we can.

What the markings mean

The markings are advisory only and have no legal standing. It isn’t a private parking space and any disabled driver may use an advisory disabled parking bay. Able-bodied drivers are asked to park elsewhere, but they aren’t prevented from parking in these bays.

To qualify for an advisory bay, you must:

  • have a Blue Badge
  • live at the address where you’re asking for a bay
  • frequently use the vehicle
  • struggle to park near your home
  • not have off-street parking such as a drive or garage

If you’re applying for a space for your carer’s vehicle, they must live at your address.

After you apply

We’ll usually visit the location before making our decision, but you don’t need to be there when we do.

We’ll write to tell you our decision.

It will take at least three months to finish the bay, but it might take longer, depending on your location, the weather and our contractors.

When we may not be able to offer a bay

We may not be able to provide a parking bay, even though you meet the criteria, because:

  • it will have an effect on local planning
  • it would cause disruption to traffic
  • the address is on housing society or association land, when you’ll need to speak directly with them
  • advisory bays aren’t available for Class 3 invalid carriages, or mobility scooters
  • changes to the way we manage traffic could mean that a bay may be moved or removed

How to appeal

You have a right of appeal if your application isn’t successful and you disagree with our decision. Write to us and let us know any more details you think we should consider. We’ll look at your new information and reply with our decision.

You can email us at or write to us by post.

Residents’ Parking Scheme

If you already live in a residents’ parking area and successfully apply for disabled parking, we will install a statutory bay during our next review. This means that only Blue Badge holders will be able to park there.

If your area joins the residents’ parking scheme and you already have an advisory bay, we’ll automatically change it into a statutory bay. There’s no need to contact us.

For more information, email us at

What to do if a disabled parking bay is no longer needed

Email us to let us know if the Blue Badge holder no longer lives at the address, doesn’t need the space any longer, or if you want to check existing markings are valid.

Related information

  • This scheme does not form part of the statutory function of Bristol City Council
  • Bristol City Council does not provide disabled bays on the public highway to meet the needs of individual organisations, including any requirements under the Equalities Act 2010.