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Due to essential maintenance, the following systems will be unavailable from 6.00pm on Monday 2 October until 8.00am on Tuesday 3 October: our online council tax, business rates and housing benefit services, and our welfare assistance form. You will also not be able to register to pay council tax online, make a change of address for council tax or cancel single person discount. You are still able to make a payment during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Find out if you qualify for a Blue Badge

If you have a disability that can cause mobility problems you may be entitled to a parking permit that allows you to park in disabled parking bays.

Blue Badge permits are recognised across the European Union enabling holders, who travel as either drivers or passengers, to park close to where they need to go.

Find out if you, the person you're applying on behalf of, or your organisation can get a pass by using the government's Blue Badge eligibility checker.

Who qualifies for a Blue Badge

Blue Badge permits are available for people who:

  • have severe mobility problems or difficulty walking
  • are severely sight impaired
  • are children under 3 who need essential medical equipment which is too heavy to carry around
  • have hidden or non-physical disabilities such as autism, dementia and anxiety disorders that causes you to:
    • be unable to walk
    • experience very considerable difficulty when walking, which may include very considerable psychological distress
    • be at risk of serious harm, or pose a risk of serious harm to other people, when walking

Applications will be considered against the appropriate rules in force at the time you applied.


    Contact us
    Blue Badge Scheme
    03000 269 425
    Our address is:
    • Durham County Council
    • PO Box 115
    • Spennymoor
    • County Durham
    • United Kingdom
    • DL16 9BX