People with permanent and substantial walking difficulties can apply for a Blue Badge so that they can park closer to shops, restaurants and other places they want to visit in the city centre.
When parking with your Blue Badge:
- your badge must be clearly on display
- the badge holder must be in attendance
- users must abide by the local parking restrictions and signage
Blue Badge parking locations in York
City centre car parks (shown in red on map)
Most council-run car parks have designated disabled bays, situated for easy access.
Blue Badge holders can park in any of our car parks free of charge (within opening hours), within either a disabled or standard bay.
See our car parks directory for more information.
Designated disabled bays (shown in orange on map)
On-street pay and display bays (shown as blue lines on map)
Blue Badge holders can park in on-street pay and display bays free of charge.
Some have waiting restrictions (single yellow lines), restricting parking between certain hours of the day.
Blue Badge holders can use these bays for a maximum of 3 hours when the yellow lines are enforceable (usually 8am-6pm), and with no time limit during normal pay and display hours (usually 6pm-8am). Relevant signage will be in place alongside every pay and display bay.
A time clock must also be displayed if parking during restricted hours.
Vehicle access is restricted within the pedestrian footstreet zone from 10.30am until 5.00pm, 7 days a week. However, Blue Badge holders are still able to park on the following footstreets during these hours:
- Blake Street
These streets are shown dark green on the map, other footstreets are shown as light green.
Blue Badge holders are allowed to park in these streets for a maximum of 3 hours.
A time clock must also be displayed when parking in footstreets.
Residents' parking bays
Blue Badge holders can park free of charge with no time limit in any residents' priority parking scheme (ResPark) bay.
These are areas where you would normally require a permit to park your vehicle.
Single or double yellow lines
If necessary, and if no other suitable parking place is available, Blue Badge holders can park on a single or double yellow line for a maximum of 3 hours.
If a loading ban is also in place, parking is not permitted, even for Blue Badge holders. Information on loading bans is available in the handbook that is provided with a Blue Badge and relevant signage will be in place where a loading ban is enforced.
Please be aware that when parking on yellow lines, once you have returned to your vehicle, there must be a period of at least one hour before you can park in the area again.
A time clock must also be displayed.
Alternatives to disabled parking in York
Rather than driving into York and parking in the city centre, you may wish to use public or community transport.
Park and Ride (stops shown as a square with bus in)
There are multiple Park and Ride stops close to the city centre and all Park and Ride buses are low floored and wheelchair accessible.
We would encourage Blue Badge holders to make use of the park and ride sites where possible. Concessionary fares can be obtained by presenting your disabled person's bus pass.
Flexible door-to-door transport services are available for Blue Badge holders who cannot access public transport, ensuring they still have access to facilities and amenities in the wider city.
For more information about community transport see the iTravel York website: