Disabled Parking in Bournemouth

Find out about the parking options we provide for disabled people

Disabled parking in car parks

Most of Bournemouth’s car parks have spaces for blue badge holders. To use these, you must make sure a valid disabled parking badge ('blue badge') can be seen through the windscreen.

I'm exempt from paying vehicle tax, can I park for free?

If you're exempt from paying vehicle tax because of a disability, you can park for free in Bournemouth Council car parks with the exceptions of Richmond Gardens Multi Storey Car Park and Avenue Road Mutli Storey Car Park.

You need to have your blue badge displayed. Because tax discs are no longer provided, you need to let us know your vehicle is exempt from vehicle tax.

We need to see a copy of:

  • A V5 (Vehicle Registration) document showing the vehicle is exempt from tax due to reasons of disability AND
  • A letter from the Department of Works and Pensions confirming you get Higher Rate entitlement

You can send this to us:

  • By email to parkingshop@bournemouth.gov.uk OR
  • By post to Parking, Customer Services, Customer Service Centre, St Stephens Road, Bournemouth, BH2 6EB

We will acknowledge receipt of your document copies and list your registration number as eligible for the free parking.

This is an interim scheme and if changed it will be advertised on the Council`s website and in the local paper.

Disabled parking on roads

Disabled bays on the road are clearly marked with the word ‘Disabled’. You must display your disabled badge so the wheelchair symbol and expiry date can be seen through your windscreen.

You also need to set your time clock to the time you arrived.

In the Town Centre, you can’t park for more than three hours between 8 am and 6 pm 

Residential disabled bays

If you’d like to apply for a residential disabled bay, complete the residential disabled bay application form.  

Things you should know before applying:

  • Applications may not be approved if you have off road parking
  • You must be the blue badge holder who lives at the address
  • A vehicle must be registered to the address
  • You can apply for one of two types of bay, a general bay which can be used by anyone with a blue badge or a permit bay for the sole use of the permit holder
  • A general bay costs £250, a permit bay costs £375
  • You can also apply to convert an existing general bay to a permit bay, this costs £150
  • As part of the statutory process required to implement changes on the highway, we must undertake a public consultation before a bay can be installed
  • If the consultation is successful and the bay approved, you will be sent an invoice before installation/conversion
  • Each bay will be 6.6m long
  • Residential disabled bays have no maximum stay

Disabled bays at businesses

If you would like a disabled bay to be allocated near your premises, complete the business disabled bay application form.