Disabled parking - blue badge scheme

The scheme is designed to help disabled people who have severe mobility problems lead independent lives. They should be confident that when they reach a destination, either as a driver or passenger, that they will be able to park near to a venue. Therefore have easier access to the services they want to use. It isn’t to provide free parking.

The Blue Badge parking concessions only prioritise badge holders to park on-street. They don’t apply to off-street privately operated car parks, such as supermarket car parks or on privately owned roads, such as those you find at airports. There may, however be special concessions for badge holders in these areas and you should check for signs detailing these.

The Highland Council offers free parking to Blue Badge holders in all our off-street car parks except the Multi Storey in Inverness. A Blue badge allows on-street, free parking without time restriction in Pay and Display bays, on single and double yellow lines without loading restrictions as long as you are parked safely and your badge is valid. Some on-street disabled bays are time limited so please check the signage.

Please refer to your blue badge handbook for guidance on where you can park. Parking in any location subject to loading use or restrictions is not allowed and could subject you to a fine.

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There is a £20 fee for a blue badge. We will contact you to let you know when your badge is approved and awaiting payment.

If your application is turned down

To ask for a review of a decision to refuse an application please contact us within 4 weeks of receipt of your refusal letter.

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