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 Blue Badge Scheme

The scheme is designed to help disabled people who have severe mobility problems lead independent lives by knowing that when they reach a destination, either as a drive or passenger, that they will be able to park near to a venue, and therefore have easier access to the services they want to use. It is not to provide free parking.

Orkney Islands Council offers free parking to Blue Badge holders in all our off-street car parks.

A blue badge permits free on-street parking without time restriction in marked bays, on single and double yellow lines without loading restrictions as long as you are parked safely and your badge is valid. Some on-street disabled bays may be time limited so please check the signage.

The Blue Badge parking concessions don’t apply to off-street privately operated car parks, such as supermarket car parks or on privately owned roads, such as those you find at airports. There may, however be special concessions for badge holders in these areas and you should check for signs detailing these.

Parking in any location subject to loading use or restrictions is not allowed and could subject you to a fine. Please refer to your blue badge handbook for guidance on where you can park.

+ Charges

New or renewal blue badge: £20.00  

Replacement badge: £13.10

Payment can be made by calling into Orkney Islands Council’s Customer Services team or by telephoning: 01856 873535

+ Using your Blue Badge

Your blue badge must only be displayed if you are travelling in the vehicle as a driver or passenger (if someone is collecting you or dropping off and needs to park at the place where you are being collected or dropped). Further information is available by clicking on this link:
Rights and responsibilities leaflet

+ Lost or stolen badge

Lost or stolen blue badges should be reported to our Customer Services Team on: 01856 873535

If your badge is less than 3 months from its expiry date you will have to renew your application by reapplying.

+ Returning a Badge

You should return your badge if:


Misuse of a blue badge is an offence and may lead to a £1,000 fine. 

Further information is available here:
Rights and responsibilities leaflet


Related Sites

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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