Blue Badge and disabled parking bays

Disabled parking bay

Applying for a disabled parking bay?

Residents can now apply online via a new disabled parking bay application system. This new initiative has been introduced to provide an efficient and effective application process.  

Please note that although applicants can now apply on-line,  residents can still  download, complete and submit the application as before, details below.


You can apply for a disabled parking bay if:

  • You are a resident of the borough and the holder of a valid blue badge
  • You have a Blue Badge with at least 9 months remaining before its expiry date
  • You live at the address where you are applying to put the Disabled Persons' Parking Bay
  • You are unable to park within a reasonable distance near to the property where the bay is being requested, and if there is no off-street parking available
  • You have a permanent or substantial mobility impairment, which means being unable to walk, or have considerable difficulty walking
  • There is a vehicle registered to, and kept at the same address where you are applying to put the disabled parking bay.

If the applicant is the passenger of the vehicle, you will also need:

  • The applicant to require physical assistance and constant supervision from the driver of the vehicle when entering and leaving the vehicle
  • The driver must live at the same address as the applicant.

A disabled parking bay is unlikely to be granted where an able driver can temporarily stop and allow the disabled passenger to get in/out of the vehicle before the driver finds a suitable parking space.

Is my road suitable?

Not all roads and streets are suitable for a Disabled Persons' Parking Bay, and consideration is given to road safety, road width, parking levels and other traffic issues. A Traffic Team Engineer will visit your street and consider the road’s suitability for a Bay.

A Disabled Persons' Parking Bay will not be granted if:

  • There is evidence of off-street parking available
  • There are parking restrictions (such as double or single yellow lines) at the location of the proposed bay
  • You live on a private road. We can only add a disabled parking bay to a public road.

Applications within Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs) are unlikely to be approved unless evidence is provided for a 'proven need'

Required documents:

You will need to provide scanned copies of:

1/ The front and back of your disabled Blue Badge

2/ Your entitlement to one of the following benefits:

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Attendance Allowance

3/ Proof of vehicle registration confirming the vehicle is registered at the address.

We can accept:

  • Vehicle Registration Document (V5C) or a
  • Motability Operations Hire Agreement.


Apply for a Disabled Persons' Parking Bay 

Alternatively, you can download and complete the application form

Please note: Completed applications and supporting documents should be emailed to, or can be posted to:

London Borough of Hounslow
Traffic, Transport & Parking
Environment, Culture and Customer Services
3rd Floor, Hounslow House
7 Bath Road

What happens next?

The provision of a Disabled Persons' Parking Bay is not automatic. Every application is considered individually by Council staff who will conduct site visits to investigate parking difficulties on your road.

Once a valid application is received:

  • A Traffic Regulation Order will be advertised in the local press, on Hounslow Council’s website and displayed adjacent to the location of the proposed bay.
  • If objections are received to the proposed disabled bay(s) this may delay the implementation or require further investigation
  • If the application is successful, the Notice of Making, of the Traffic Regulation Order will be advertised in the local press and on the Hounslow Council website. Contractors will be instructed to implement markings and respective signs if required.

The process of providing a disabled bay usually takes 6 to 9 months on an unrestricted road, and 12 months in a CPZ.

If successful:

  • The bay will be positioned as close to your property as possible
  • The bay is enforceable; therefore, the disabled Blue Badge must be clearly displayed in the vehicle whilst parked in the bay to avoid a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).
  • Disabled bays can be used by any other vehicle displaying a valid Blue Badge
  • you must immediately notify the Council in writing if your circumstances have changed since making the application
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