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Disabled parking at home

Advisory disabled bay markings put on the road outside a person's home provide a space where a Blue Badge holder can park their vehicle. There are certain conditions that have to be met before an advisory bay can be provided.

Coronavirus update

Due to coronavirus, the application process may take longer than usual. We will continue to review the situation. We will record any new enquiries and process them when circumstances allow.

Recent changes

A review of the advisory disabled bay parking scheme has taken place following changes in the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 (TSRGD 2016). We have now approved the Advisory Disabled Bay (ADB) scheme. This scheme complies with the current legal requirements of the TSRGD 2016.

The minimum length for an ADB is 6.6 metres.

ADBs are not enforced by us. They are advisory and rely on the goodwill of other motorists. Only Leicester City Council, as the highway authority, can install markings on the road. Members of the public are not allowed to do this.

You can find the rules and eligibility for the ADB below. Please review these details carefully before applying.

Eligibility criteria

  • The applicant must hold a valid disabled Badge Blue. If the badge is due for renewal or expired, the applicant must renew it before completing the application form in order to avoid delay or possible rejection of the application.
  • The applicant drives or regularly uses a vehicle, which is registered to the address, where the ADB marking (Figure 1 PDF) is requested. The vehicle must be registered in the name of a resident at that address. Proof is needed in the form of a photocopy of the V5C registration certificate, or a recent letter from the Motability scheme showing the address and the car details.
  • The applicant does not have an off-street parking facility, for example, a driveway, a garage, or a hard-standing area on or near their property
  • The ADB should be on the same street where the applicant lives, and in close proximity to their home.
  • The applicant experiences frequent difficulty in obtaining a parking place close to their home.
  • A suitable, safe position on the highway must be available for the ADB road marking. Locations subject to waiting restrictions (like yellow lines or "School Keep Clear") are not considered as suitable locations.
  • The ADB cannot be marked across a dropped kerb or other entrance.
  • The ADB road marking may not be approved from a road safety point of view. For example, if it is close to a road junction where a parked vehicle could cause danger to other road users. Also, a narrow road, or any other circumstances could contribute to unsuitability of these road markings.
  • Where neighbours would be affected by the provision of these road markings, (for example where the ADB road marking would overlap the frontage of their property), they will be consulted by the City Council. Neighbours may also be consulted, for example, if there are a limited number of parking spaces for a large number of properties. Therefore, provision of the ADB marking is subject to there being no objection from neighbours consulted.
  • ADB markings are advisory only and rely on the goodwill of other motorists to operate. Therefore, any motorist is allowed to park in an ADB without displaying a Blue Badge. Other vehicles may overlap part of the markings due to the parking pattern of other vehicles on the road.
  • As the ADB is not backed by a legal order, there is no civil enforcement action that the City Council can take to prevent anyone from parking within the ADB marking.
  • Where the road marking becomes invalid for any reason, it will be removed. It may also be removed if it proves to be unworkable
  • The applicant or their family must inform the City Council of any change in their circumstances which may affect the validity of these road markings.
  • If a Residents’ Parking Scheme is implemented in the area where the ADB road marking is installed, the ADB may be removed. If the Blue Badge holder is a driver of a vehicle registered to the address, it will be considered for conversion to an enforceable disabled bay. Costs paid for the ADB will only be refunded if the ADB has been in place for less than a year.
  • The applicant must agree to pay the full cost of installing the ADB road marking. If the applicant wants the ADB to be remarked, they must agree to make a further contribution towards the cost. The amount will be notified at the time of the request. No further charge will be made for the removal of the ADB once it is no longer required or no longer valid.
  • New ADBs will be marked with a continuous white line and have the legend 'DISABLED' and will not have an upright sign. Enforceable disabled bays will continue to be distinguishable from an ADB by the provision of an upright sign and marked with a white dashed line and the legend “DISABLED”.

How much does it cost?

The law permits the recovery of the cost of providing ADB’s. The fee below will be taken in advance once eligibility is confirmed.

  • New bays: £168
  • Remarking: £92

How do I apply?

Applying for a new bay

If you believe you are eligible to apply for a new advisory disabled bay, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Applying to remark an existing bay

If you wish to have an existing bay remarked, you should apply to the e-mail address below. You will then be assessed under the rules to see if you are still eligible. This may involve consulting neighbours again due to the minimum bay length of 6.6 metres under the regulations. This is also subject to the revised charge of £92 for a remarking.

How do I report a change of circumstance?

Please report any change of circumstances using the contact details above, for example change of address, no longer eligible for a Blue Badge, or if you no longer have a car.