Disabled parking places

How to request a disabled person's parking place (DPPP) on a public road.

The increasing demand for parking in Oxfordshire can lead to particular difficulties for disabled people who need to park close to their homes or work. We may provide a disabled person's parking place (DPPP) on a public road where there is a need. 

DPPPs consist of a broken white line marking the limits of a space and an upright sign next to the space saying 'Disabled badge holders only'. In most cases the word "DISABLED" is written on the road.

Residents can apply for one of these parking places to be provided close to their homes or work. 

Things to bear in mind

Blue Badge holders can park in Controlled Parking Zones

Blue Badge holders may park in all parking bays (residents, limited time, pay and display etc, except for car club bays) in Oxford's Controlled Parking Zones, and in residents' parking schemes in Abingdon, Bicester, and Henley-on-Thames. Parking in these bays is exempt from payment or time limits.

Any blue badge holder can use a DPPP

Disabled person's parking places (DPPP) can be used by any Blue Badge holder, even though it is an individual need that may lead to the provision of a parking space.

Any vehicle using a DPPP must display a current Blue Badge.

Who qualifies for a DPPP

To qualify for a disabled person's parking place (DPPP), the following conditions must be met:

  • The applicant holds the recognised Blue Badge and is resident or works near the proposed DPPP
  • The applicant has a permanent and substantial disability such that walking is not possible or presents very considerable difficulty for distances more than 100m
  • There is a vehicle and driver permanently at the address
  • There is no access to off-street parking (unless the applicant is the vehicle driver and their disability prevents them using the off street facility)
  • If the applicant is not the driver then they need to establish that it would be unsafe as a result of their medical condition or disability for them to be set down while the driver goes and parks the car elsewhere
  • There must be a suitable location for the parking place on a public road (we cannot provide places on private land or land owned by another authority)
  • A parking problem must be observed which prevents convenient access to the applicant's home or work.

However, on occasion, other mobility problems may justify a DPPP, depending on individual circumstances subject to bullet point 1 and 6 above.

Charge for a DPPP

There is no charge for a DPPP and places are provided and maintained at our expense. Road markings and signing must conform to national regulations and have the backing of a Traffic Regulation Order. This will enable our parking enforcement contractor, police and traffic wardens to enforce them. 

How to apply

Complete the application form (pdf format, 143Kb) and send with supporting documentation to:

Traffic and Road Safety Team (DPPP)
Area Operations HUb
Oxfordshire County Council
County Hall

We will treat the information as confidential. However, we may check an address, badge and other identification with appropriate agencies during the course of the application. Information will also be entered onto a secure computer database for efficient management of the disabled person's parking place programme.


The establishing or updating of Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) is necessary to make bays enforceable. Making TROs is an expensive (currently £3,120 each) and time-consuming process. It is likely to take a minimum of nine months, and is subject to resources being available. Because of this, we put applications for new spaces or removals together in batches to process them in one order. The time from application to having a marked out space can be up to 18 months.

Consultation about a disabled person's parking place

The information on an application form will be checked and a site visit carried out. There will then be consultation with representatives of the police, fire service and bus operators. The applicant will be informed of the outcome.

If there are no objections, the Traffic Regulation Order to bring in the DPPP will be advertised in the local newspaper, site notices will be put up and a letter sent to nearby properties. This will enable members of the public to make comments about the proposed parking place and support, voice any concerns or object. Please note that we have to advertise the parking place by law, however, only the location of space is advertised not the applicant's name or nature of their disability.

At the end of the advertisement period any comments are reviewed and objections reported to the council’s Cabinet Member for Environment Decisions Meeting, which occur approximately every two months. We will let you know when those objections will be considered, how you can attend and make representations should you so wish, and the outcome of the decision. If the objections are overruled the DPPP can be provided.

The DPPP will then be marked out and a notice placed in the newspaper advising the date that the space will become enforceable.  

We apologise that this process is lengthy. You will understand that due to the costs involved we must get installations correct every time whilst appreciating other demands on highway space.