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Parking restrictions and disabled parking bays

Find out where your Blue Badge allows you to park, and how to apply for a disabled parking bay.
Requests for disabled parking bays

Applications for disabled parking bays are on hold until the review of our parking policy is complete. You can still submit an application form in this time and we will write to all applicants once the parking policy is agreed to confirm next steps.

Beware online scams

There are a number of third-party websites claiming to process Blue Badge applications for £50. You should avoid these websites and use our official application form. If you are eligible for a Blue Badge, it will only cost you £10. If you have had a negative experience with one of these scams, you can contact the Citizens Advice Bureau for support.

Visitor Vouchers app

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Where can I park?

This also applies to joint or triple bays where pay and display is permitted in addition to permit holders. You should not, however, park on any other type of permit bay unless you also display the relevant resident or business permit.

In order to ensure you can always park on your street, you can apply to have an informal disabled parking bay near your home.

You can also park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours, providing that you are not obstructing either access or sight lines*. This is prohibited in the following cases:

  • where loading or unloading is prohibited

  • on school 'keep clear' markings

  • on 'zig-zag' markings on either side of pedestrian crossings

  • on suspended parking bays

  • where temporary restrictions are in place as indicated by 'no waiting' cones or similar devices

  • on residents parking bays

  • on bays reserved for defined uses (for example, taxi ranks or motorcycle bays)

  • on a pavement, unless this is indicated as being permitted at a particular location

*Different parking restrictions may apply in the City of London, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and part of Camden.

Disabled parking bays

There are two types of residential disabled parking bay provided in Lewisham.

Your Blue Badge will allow you to park on the street close to where you live in the borough. You can also apply to have an informal disabled parking bay near your home using the downloadable form below.

Formal (statutory) bays

These bays are legally enforceable. They are identified by a marking on the carriageway, as well as a post and sign. Installing a formal disabled parking bay requires a traffic order, which makes these bays particularly costly to install.

Informal bays

These bays have no legal force, and simply comprise of a 'disabled' marking on the carriageway. They act as a reminder to neighbours and visitors to respect the needs of the disabled resident.

Because these bays have no legal force, they cannot be used in a controlled parking zone, where they are regarded as free space.