Disabled parking for residents

Information on the Purple Badge scheme for borough residents which runs in conjunction with the Blue Badge scheme.

The Purple Badge Scheme

As the Blue Badge Scheme does not apply to Central London, due to traffic congestion and the high demand for parking space, Kensington and Chelsea runs the Purple Badge Scheme for our residents. Our Purple Badge scheme runs in conjunction with the Blue Badge scheme and residents will need a Purple Badge for parking within the borough and a Blue badge for parking outside.

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

To qualify for a Purple Badge you must hold a Blue Badge and either:

  • Live in the borough
  • Work in the borough
  • Study in the borough 

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. Disabled parking bays can be found via our interactive map.
  • On single yellow lines (outside of controlled hours)

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

There are some specific restrictions on Notting Hill Gate and Holland Park Avenue. For more detail on the scheme and parking restrictions please see our Purple Badge booklet:

Apply or Renew a Badge

These guidance notes are available to help you in your application:

If you would like to apply for a blue or purple badge please complete this form:

You can nominate someone else to use your purple badge when you are travelling with them. In order to apply to nominate a driver for a disabled person please complete this form:

Nominated driver’s form [PDF] (file size 208.5 KB)

If your badge has been lost or stolen please complete this form:

Please return your completed form, with a cheque or postal order for the amount of £10, payable to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (please write the name and date of birth of the disabled person on the back of the cheque or postal order), to:

Accessible Transport Services
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Kensington Town Hall
Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

You can contact the Accessible Transport Team if you require assistance via: