Dedicated Disabled Parking Bay

Blue Badge holder parking bay signDedicated Disabled Parking Bays allow Blue Badge holders who meet our criteria to park in secure designated parking bays outside or near their home or workplace.

Who can apply for a Dedicated Disabled Parking Bay?

You may qualify for a dedicated disabled parking bay, if:

  • You are a blue badge holder, living in Haringey, and
  • Your mobility impairment makes it difficult for you to walk short distances, and
  • You do not have access to off-street parking within a reasonable distance to your home or workplace

To apply you will need to hold a full UK licence registered at your main address, which must be the address you are applying from.

If you do not drive, you may nominate a person with a full UK driving licence that resides at the same address. Each eligible applicant is entitled to one bay for one nominated vehicle.

Please note that the nominated vehicle must not be more than 2.27 metres high and 5.25 metres in length.

You will also need to meet one of the of the following criteria:

  • You receive the higher rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA), an element of the Blue Badge Eligibility criteria; or
  • You score 12 points or more under the ‘moving around’ activity of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP); or
  • You receive the higher rate Attendance Allowance (aged 64 and over)
  • You receive the mobility component of PIP and have obtained 10 points specifically for Descriptor E under the “planning and following journeys” activity, on the grounds that you are unable to undertake any journey because it would cause you overwhelming psychological distress; or
  • You receive a War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement (WPMS); or
  • You have been both awarded a lump sum benefit at tariffs 1-8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and certified as having an enduring and substantial disability which causes inability to walk or very considerable difficulty in walking

If you do not meet one of the above criteria, but you are unable to walk more than 20 metres, you may still qualify for a dedicated disabled bay subject to further assessment. This may involve you providing additional supporting medical information and attending an assessment undertaken by a Certified Expert Assessor.

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How to apply

Before you apply, please read the Disabled Parking Place Policy (PDF, 36KB).

Applying

The quickest and easiest way to apply for a bay is online. 

Before starting your application, please be aware that you will need the following:

  • a copy of the applicant's (or their nominated driver's) UK driving licence
  • a copy of the applicant's (or their nominated driver's) full V5c (formally known as log book)
  • a full copy of the letter from the Department for Work and Pensions confirming the applicant's entitlement

Apply now

You can also download and complete a Dedicated Disabled Bay application form (PDF, 76KB). We can email the application form to you - contact disabledparkingbays@haringey.gov.uk

If you would like us to post an application form to you, please call our Customer Services team on 020 8489 1000.

Reviewing your application

Our team will review your application and check if you meet the eligibility criteria. If you do, one of our engineers will visit the site to see if there is a suitable location for the bay. This will take approximately 10 days.

If you do not automatically meet the criteria and you need to be assessed by a Certified Expert Assessor, then the application process can take approximately six weeks.

Once a decision has been made, we will write to you to let you know the outcome.

Appeals Process

Should your application for a dedicated disabled bay be unsuccessful, you may then request a review of this decision. The review must be requested within 30 days following the date of the decision.

There are two grounds under which you may appeal the decision:

  1. You believe that the council’s decision was made without regard to the eligibility criteria stated in the council’s Disabled Parking Place Policy (PDF, 36KB)
  2. You believe the decision was made as the result of a mobility assessment that was not carried out in accordance with the council’s policy and procedures

If the appeal is unsuccessful under the second ground, you can reapply and be considered again after three months, allowing for a change in condition, which may affect entitlement.

Advertising and installing the parking bay

The implementation times for dedicated disabled bays can be lengthy as we are required to undertake a statutory consultation. This is part of the legal process that ensures that once the bay is installed it is enforceable.

The proposals are advertised in the press and on street notices allowing for a 21-day period for objections. We must consider any objections before installing the bay.

The entire process can take a minimum of three months from receiving a successful application, to finalising the consultation process and installing the bay on the road. There are many occasions, especially in times of high demand, where this may take up to six months.

Dedicated disabled bays cannot be provided for residential care homes or on private land or Homes for Haringey (HfH) Estates. HfH operate their own Disabled Parking arrangements.

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How to convert an existing disabled bay

If you want to convert an existing disabled parking bay in your street to a Dedicated Disabled Parking Bay, you will need to ‘opt in’ by completing an application form to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility criteria.

Each dedicated disabled parking place will have a unique bay number, which will appear on your permit. You must notify us of any changes to your address or personal details - email: disabledparkingbays@haringey.gov.uk

Once a dedicated disabled bay is installed, the expiry of the user’s special permit will coincide with the expiry of the applicant's Disabled Blue Badge. This will allow the review of the entitlement to Dedicated Disabled bay to coincide with the renewal of the Disabled Blue Badge.

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How much will it cost

This service is currently provided free of charge.

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Who can use the dedicated disabled bay

Only those in receipt of a unique permit may park in a dedicated disabled parking bay, which is enforceable all day, seven days a week.

If someone illegally parks in a disabled bay, you can call our Parking Enforcement Team on 020 8489 2102.

I don’t own a vehicle or drive and no-one who lives with me owns or drives a vehicle on my behalf - can I still apply for a disabled bay for relatives?

No. It is not feasible for a disabled parking bay to be used only for picking up and dropping off passengers.

The bay would stand empty most of the time, stopping other motorists from parking and reducing the amount of parking space for other residents.

I have a parking restriction outside my property - can I still apply for a disabled bay?

If you have a waiting restriction (ie yellow lines) or a bus stop outside your property, then you can still apply for a dedicated disabled bay. However, we would need carry out a site visit to determine the most suitable location for the bay and will generally locate it at the nearest unrestricted location.

There is a disabled bay in my street that is no longer being used - can it be removed?

If there is a redundant disabled bay in your road, then please contact us to report this using the e-form below. Please remember to tell us the address (including the house number) where the disabled bay is located.

We will then carry out a process called statutory consultation and if there are no objections to its removal, we will instruct our contractor to remove it. Please note this process may take up to six months.

Report an unused disabled bay

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Page last updated:

27 January 2021