Disabled persons parking

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There are concessions for people who correctly display their valid blue badge, which apply in our car parks, in permit bays and in disabled bays in the road.

Applications for Blue Badges should be made to Kent County Council

Blue Badge holder rights and responsibilities

Reports of misuse of Blue Badges should be made to Kent County Council

Council owned car parks

There are 2 types of parking bays in our car parks where blue badge holders can park.

Disabled bays

Blue badge holders can park, free of charge, in disabled bays in our car parks for up to 23 hours. Their valid blue badge and clock must be correctly displayed.

Standard bays

Blue badge holders can park, free of charge, in a standard marked bay up to the maximum stay period for that car park. Their valid blue badge and clock must be correctly displayed.

Blue Badge holders can also park in the unmarked parking areas in Haysden Country Park and Leybourne Lakes Country Park during the opening hours of the country park. Their valid blue badge and clock must be correctly displayed.

Permit bays

Blue badge holders who live in a permit area do not need to apply for a residents parking permit, however, their valid blue badge and clock must be correctly displayed.

Blue badge holders visiting a permit area

Blue badge holders can park in permit areas, however the length of time they can remain parked may be restricted. There are two types of permit areas, ones with a limited waiting time (how long a vehicle may be parked for) and ones with none. All parking signs must be complied with.

Permit bays with a limited waiting time

Blue badge holders can park in these bays for the length of time shown on the signs, or the 3 hours allowed on their badge and clock, whichever is the longest. Blue badge holders must display their valid blue badge and clock correctly.

For example:

  • If parking is limited to 2 hours, blue badge holders may park for up to 3 hours, with a correctly displayed valid blue badge and clock.
  • If parking is limited to 4 hours, blue badge holders may park for up to 4 hours, with a correctly displayed valid blue badge and clock.

Permit bays with no limited waiting time

Blue badge holders can remain parked in these bays for a long as they need. Their valid blue badge and clock must be correctly displayed.

Disabled bay in a road

We work with Kent County Council, Highways, to administer their policy on providing disabled parking bays in the road.

By law a disabled persons parking bay must relieve or prevent congestion, and cannot be provided if it would cause traffic congestion.

Any blue badge holder can ask for a disabled parking place to be put in the road near their home, but there are a number of criteria (introduced by Kent County Council but reflecting national policy) that must be met before a bay could be considered.

A disabled persons parking bay may only be parked in when transporting a disabled person, and their valid blue badge correctly displayed. Misuse of the bay could lead to a fixed penalty notice being issued and the removal of the bay.

No one has exclusive right to any disabled bay. Any blue badge holder may park in any disabled bay with their valid blue badge correctly displayed.

Application form and notes

Eligibility and locations where bays will not be considered