What is a disabled parking bay?
This is a parking space on a public road which is marked by a white line around a wheelchair sign, or around the word ‘disabled’.
The parking bay lets you park close to your home, but they aren’t limited to your use.
Apply for a disabled parking bay
You can apply if you have a valid Blue Badge and:
It should be noted that applications can only be made for bays on public roads.
If your Blue Badge was not issued by Essex County Council, you must contact the issuing local authority and request they transfer your badge details to Essex County Council before beginning your application. This process usually takes around 10 working days.
Some applications meet all the criteria, but are still rejected. This is because the bay would have:
put you or other road users in danger
been opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction
blocked a turning point in the road
been in a clearway/no stopping restriction
been within a Resident Permit Holder scheme
How long does the process take?
It can take up to 10 months between an application being approved and a parking bay being marked on the road.
Report a problem with a disabled parking bay
Essex County Council will consider making a Traffic Regulation Order if a disabled persons’ parking bay is continually being used by other road users, without showing a valid Blue Badge.
Apply for a Traffic Regulation Order by calling 0345 603 7631.
If a disabled parking sign is already in place you should contact the Parking Partnership
It should be noted, it can take up to 18 months for a Traffic Regulation Order to be actioned. This will result in a disabled parking sign being put up on a post next to the parking space.
Faded parking bay
If the lines around a disabled parking bay need repainting please contact 0345 603 7631.
Removing a parking bay
If a disabled parking bay is no longer needed please contact 0345 603 7631.
Resident parking schemes
Renewing an M or Z parking permit
New M and Z parking permits are not issued for disabled parking bays.
However, existing M or Z parking permit holders can apply to renew.
You will need to provide a copy of your V5 vehicle registration document or mobility lease agreement confirming that the vehicle is registered to your address.