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Policy T6.5 Non-residential disabled persons parking


  1. All non-residential elements of a development should provide at least one on or off-street disabled persons parking bay.
  2. Disabled persons parking should be provided in accordance with the levels set out in Table 10.6.
  3. Disabled persons parking bays should be located on firm and level ground, as close as possible to the building entrance or facility they are associated with.
  4. Designated bays should be marked up as disabled persons parking bays from the outset.
  5. Enlarged bays should be large enough to become disabled persons parking bays quickly and easily via the marking up of appropriate hatchings and symbols and the provision of signage, if required i.e. if it can be demonstrated that the existing level of disabled persons parking is not adequate.
  6. Designated disabled persons parking bays and enlarged bays should be designed in accordance with the design guidance provided in BS8300: Vol 1.

Table 10.6 - Non-residential disabled persons parking standards

Designated bays (Per cent of total parking provision)Enlarged bays (Per cent of total parking provision)
Workplace5 per cent5 per cent
Education5 per cent5 per cent
Retail, recreation and leisure6 per cent4 per cent
Transport car parks5 per cent5 per cent
Religious buildings and crematoriaMinimum two spaces or 6 per cent, whichever is the greater4 per cent
Sports facilitiesRefer to Sports England Guidance

Standards for non-residential disabled persons parking are based on a percentage of the total number of parking bays. Careful assessment will therefore be needed to ensure that these percentages make adequate provision in light of the need for disabled persons parking bays by Blue Badge holders. The provision of disabled persons parking bays should be regularly monitored and reviewed to ensure the level is adequate and enforcement is effective. Some Blue Badge parking should be provided even if no general parking is provided.