Disabled parking bays
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:
- a vehicle registered to your address either as the main owner/driver or because you live with the main owner/driver
- no suitable off street parking
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 12 months between an application being approved and a parking bay being marked on the road, though in some cases it might be longer.
Report a problem with a disabled parking bay
Essex County Council will consider making a Traffic Regulation Order if a disabled person's parking bay is continually being used by other road users, without showing a valid Blue Badge.
To apply for a Traffic Regulation Order, contact us.
If a disabled parking sign is already in place you should contact the Parking Partnership instead.
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.
Removing a parking bay
If a disabled parking bay is no longer needed please contact us.
It can take up to 12 months to remove a disabled parking bay, though in some cases it might be longer.
If we assess that the disabled parking bay needs to be there, we may refuse your request to have it removed.
If your query is about a pothole, streetlight, or other road issue, we will ask you to report it online first.
Telephone: 0345 603 7631
Textphone: 0345 758 5592
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm
Resident parking schemes
Resident parking schemes are operated by the Parking Partnership.
Renewing an M or Z parking permit
Existing M Permit holders can apply to renew. Approval cannot be guaranteed and your request may be approved as a standard Disabled Parking Bay.
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.
South Essex Parking Partnership will tell you when your permit is due for renewal.Print this page