Apply for, or renew, a blue badge
Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, Blue Badge holders can use their recently expired badge (from 1 January 2020 onwards); this applies to Manchester City Council owned parking and not private car parks. This should continue initially until 30 September 2020.
Please ensure you still apply to renew your badge so that we can start to process your application and provide you with any advice needed about your application. If you need to contact us please email at this time for the quickest response.
The best way to apply is directly through the government website. The charge for a Blue Badge is £10.
Applications can only be made online. If you can't do this yourself, and don't have anyone who can apply for you, or if you need the Blue Badge information in braille or large print, please call us or email (Manchester residents only. If you live in another authority, please contact them for advice.)
If you need to renew your Blue Badge, we recommend that you re-apply about twelve weeks in advance. We no longer send out reminder letters.
There are other websites offering help to apply for your blue badge but they may charge for this service. To avoid paying extra, apply directly through the government website.
For applications that need further assessment, processing can take up to 5 months. If you've applied and are waiting for an assessment, you can continue to use your out of date Blue Badge for up to 6 months after the date of expiry, but this waiver only applies to parking on public highways within Manchester City Council boundaries, and in any dedicated Disabled parking bays. The waiver does not apply to private car parks (such as shops or retail parks) but it does apply to hospital car parks at:
- South - Christie Hospital, Wythenshawe, Trafford, Withington and Altrincham
- Central - Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI), St Mary's, Manchester Royal Children's Eye Hospital.
- North - North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH)
To continue using your expired Blue Badge, you must have already applied for your replacement badge. A Parking Charge Notice (PCN) will still be issued for any other parking violation.