From January 1 2012, blue badges have been issued through the national Blue Badge Improvement Service (BBIS).
The fee for a new badge or renewal is £20.00 A replacement badge is £10.90
As part of the reforms, BBIS will also establish a single national database of badge holders and their key details.
This will enable quick and easy validity checks to be made anywhere in the country, and will help prevent multiple and fraudulent applications.
The new cards will also be harder wearing and difficult to counterfeit.
Any current blue badges will remain valid until their expiry dates – badge holders will not be required to make an application or payment until the date of renewal of their badge.
People renewing their badges, requesting a replacement or applying for a badge for the first time will no longer receive their badges the same day that they apply.
While applications will still be processed through OIC Customer Services in Kirkwall and Stromness, the cards will be produced centrally by Northgate, the company contracted by BBIS to run the new scheme, and issued by post.
OIC will still be responsible for verifying application forms, checking eligibility, making decisions on entitlement, taking payments, updating the national BBIS database and assisting applicants with any queries.
You are now able to apply for or renew a Blue Badge online. To check your eligibility and fill in an online application form to apply for or renew a Blue Badge go to the Scottish Government Blue Badge Application page via the 'Related Sites' section. Your application will then be sent to OIC for a decision.
Eligibility criteria and mobility assessments under the new scheme will also change to help make the scheme fairer and more sustainable.
For more information, telephone Orkney Islands Council’s Customer Services team on 01856873535, extension 2903.
People are eligible ‘without further assessment’ if they are over the age of two and:
People are eligible ‘subject to further assessment’ if they fulfill one of the following:
People who are eligible ‘subject to further assessment’ will have their mobility needs assessed and some people may be referred for an Independent Mobility Assessment when they apply for a Blue Badge.
For any new or renewal applications from 1 January 2012, applicants will also be required to provide proof of identity and address.
The documents required when applying for a blue badge are:
People are eligible ‘subject to further assessment’ if they fulfill certain criteria as a result of a diagnosed mental disorder or cognitive impairment, have no awareness of danger from traffic and are likely to compromise their safety, or the safety of others.
An application form is available in PDF format from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page and you can contact Customer Services if you need further assistance.