Dropped kerbs

Apply for a dropped kerb

It is illegal to cross a footway or grass verge in a vehicle to get to your property unless a proper crossing or 'dropped kerb' is in place.

Installing a suitable crossing involves lowering the kerb and strengthening the footway so that a car running over it does not damage it.


You must apply to have a dropped kerb and crossing installed.

There is an application charge, which covers our costs of arranging for permissions to be granted and inspecting the work. The charge is either:

  • 25% of the works fee if you choose to use our contractor
  • £300 if you choose to nominate your own contractor, of which £200 is returned to you after our final inspection have been completed


You will need planning permission if you are applying for a dropped kerb on an A-road, B-road or C-road. Go to our planning applications section for information on permissions and fees.

Your dropped kerb application must include written approval from our Housing service if either:

  • your property is council-owned
  • the proposed crossing passes over housing land

Where the proposed crossing is over a large public green, the application can be approved only after consultation with adjacent residents that may be affected by the works.

If the property is privately owned then a wayleave must be granted. You can contact our property team to request this

In some circumstances permission cannot be granted – for example if the access is at a point where visibility is restricted and therefore potentially dangerous.

You must obtain all necessary permissions before employing contractors to construct a crossover.

We also have to find out whether the crossing will affect any utility suppliers. This can take up to 3 months.

If your property is on a road that has a parking restriction in place, then you must pay the cost of any works needed to alter those restrictions. We can advise and give you an estimate of costs.


We can arrange for works to be carried out for you – there is an additional charge for this.

Alternatively, by following the correct procedure you can employ your own builder to construct the crossing. The builder must have adequate insurance and be fully accredited.