Blue Badge scheme and disabled parking
The Blue Badge Scheme provides on street parking concessions for people with severely reduced mobility, for those who are registered blind and also for those who have non-physical ('hidden') disabilities that result in very considerable difficult walking. The scheme allows Blue Badge holders to park close to their destination either as a passenger or a driver. These national concessions apply to on-street parking only, however, each local authority will have their own arrangements in off street car parks.
Blue Badges are a vital lifeline for their users and without them, people with severe disabilities may struggle to visit shops, access services and visit friends and family. Without their Blue Badges, users may not be able to do the things that many of us take for granted and misuse of this kind can often lead to genuine, vulnerable people being unable to get to their destination.
In the Chichester District, Blue Badges are issued by West Sussex County Council's Blue Badge team. You can help us tackle Blue Badge fraud by reporting suspected misuse online or by calling 01243 777653.
A badge should only ever be used for the benefit of the person it was issued to and if a badge has expired but it is still in use, or if you suspect it has been amended or forged, please support the scheme by reporting it.
Remember, it is a criminal offence:
- For a person to use a badge that does not belong to them
- To alter a badge
- To create a copy of a badge
- To use an expired badge
- To commit any form of fraud relating to the use of a Blue Badge or acquiring a Blue Badge.
A Blue Badge is for sole use of its registered user and we would like to keep it that way. As part of a crackdown of Blue Badge misuse across West Sussex, our Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) are supporting the Blue Badge Team at West Sussex County Council (WSCC) to detect and retain Blue Badges which are being used fraudulently in the area.
CEOs retain badges by way of the Disabled Persons' Parking Badges Act 2013 and are carrying out an important role in discouraging motorists form abusing the Blue Badge Scheme.
Please be aware that if your badge has been retained by one of our CEOs and you have a question, you will need to contact WSCC's Blue Badge team as the Parking Services Team will be unable to assist you.
If you have any feedback about the enforcement of blue badges or your experience with one of our CEO's, we would like to hear from you. Please take a moment to complete the simple feedback form.
Please be aware that if your badge has been retained by one of our CEO's and you have a question, you will need to contact WSCC's Blue Badge Scheme as the Parking Services Team will be unable to assist you.
To help people with disabilities gain easy access to the city, most of Chichester District Council car parks have specially allocated parking bays. If these bays are full, any other pay and display bay in the car parks can be used free of charge (excluding Avenue De Chartres) provided:
- the vehicle must displaying a valid disabled person's badge; and
- the registered disabled person is either driving the car or is a passenger.
Blue (Disabled) badge holders can use any of the on-street pay & display parking spaces or the specially allocated spaces adjacent to the pedestrian centre with no time limit or payment. If you choose to park on a single or double yellow line on street you will need to display your clock as your maximum stay is three hours except where there is a loading or un-loading restriction where parking is invalid.