Residents' parking permits

Disabled parking for residents

Purple Badge scheme

The Government's Blue Badge scheme doesn't apply to central London due to traffic congestion and the high demand for parking space.

Our Purple Badge scheme for disabled residents runs alongside the Blue Badge scheme. This means you will need a:

  • Purple Badge for parking in the borough
  • Blue Badge for parking outside the borough

The badges give national parking concessions for drivers and passengers with severe disabilities. They are issued to people with a physical disability or who are registered as blind, who need to park close to their destination.

To qualify for a Purple Badge you must:

  • hold a Blue Badge
  • live, work or study in the borough

Purple Badge parking

A Purple Badge allows you to park:

  • in a residents' bay with no time limit
  • in a paid-for bay (without paying) with no time limit
  • in a disabled parking bay for up to 4 hours
  • on single yellow lines outside of controlled hours

Search for local disabled parking bays.

A Purple Badge does not allow you to park:

  • on single yellow lines during controlled hours
  • on double yellow lines
  • in suspended parking bays marked with a large yellow sign
  • in doctors', hospital or diplomat parking bays

Parking restrictions

There are some specific restrictions on Notting Hill Gate and Holland Park Avenue.

Details on the scheme and parking restrictions are outlined in our booklet:


Apply or renew a badge

There is no charge for a purple badge. The cost of a blue badge is £10. This includes:

  • new or renewed badges
  • replacements for lost or stolen badges

Before you apply for or renew a badge, read our guidance notes first:

To apply for or renew a Blue or Purple Badge:

  • complete the application form
  • send your form with a £10 cheque or postal order payable to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to Accessible Transport Services, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX
  • write the name and date of birth of the disabled person on the back of the cheque or postal order

Nominate a driver

You can nominate someone else to use your purple badge when you are travelling with them:

Lost or stolen badges

Find out more

If you need any more information or guidance about applying for a Purple Badge contact our Accessible Transport Team:

Last updated: 22 February 2023