Using your Blue Badge and where you can park

Find out how to display your Blue Badge, where you can park and parking for free in some car parks.

How to display your Blue Badge

You must make sure that your badge and time disc are clearly displayed and that the badge is facing the right way. The front of the badge has the wheelchair symbol on it.

Where can I park with a Blue Badge?

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In Brighton & Hove, you can park in:

You may also park on a single or double yellow line for up to 3 hours as long as there is not a loading restriction (marked by strips on the kerb).

You must make sure that the time disc is set to the time that you left the vehicle.

Light touch parking schemes

Light touch parking schemes are in operation throughout the city. The difference between a light touch scheme and a full scheme are the operating hours.

A light touch scheme operates across all bays including permit, shared use, and paid parking. They have blocks of controlled hours, for example, Monday to Friday 9am to 10am, or 2pm to 3pm. Please check the signs before you park.

Blue Badge holders are able to park for free in a light touch parking scheme during the hours of restriction.  You must display a valid Blue Badge. 

Find out more about paid parking zones.

If I display my badge, can I park free of charge in a car park?

Car parks in Brighton & Hove have different policies on disabled parking.

Some car parks are privately owned and therefore you must carefully check the signage before parking to make sure you aren't given a parking ticket. 

The Blue Badge team are solely responsible for issuing Blue Badges. They can not help you with appeals on Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs).

Where can I not park with a Blue Badge?

double yellow lines with yellow kerb markings

You cannot park on yellow lines with a loading ban. Loading bans are marked by yellow strips on the kerb.

A single yellow line with a loading ban will have a single kerb marking. Double yellow lines will have a double kerb marking.

For a single yellow line, a sign on the street will tell you what times the loading ban is in place.

You should not park in a:

The Blue Badge is not a licence to park anywhere. If you park where it would cause an obstruction or danger to other road users you could be fined or receive a Penalty Charge Notice or have your vehicle removed. Do not park where it would endanger, inconvenience or obstruct pedestrians or other road users.

Examples of dangerous or obstructive parking include the following, although there are others:

  • school entrances, bus stops, on a bend, or near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
  • parking opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space
  • where it would make the road narrow, such as by a traffic island or roadworks
  • where it would hold up traffic, such as in narrow stretches of road or blocking vehicle entrances
  • where emergency vehicles stop or go in and out, such as hospital entrances
  • where the kerb has been lowered or the road raised to help wheelchair users
  • on a pavement, unless signs permit it