There’s an existing dropped kerb for the property
We’ll check there’s not already a dropped kerb you can use to access your property. If there’s already a dropped kerb, we’ll usually reject your application. If you can prove having a second dropped kerb will be safer and/or it doesn’t affect on-street parking too much we will consider your request.
You access your property via a lay-by
If you get to your property by going through a lay-by we’ll usually refuse your application.
You’ve requested a kerb which is wider than normal
If you apply for an existing dropped kerb to be made wider or a new dropped kerb wider than the usual 4.6 metres. We may have to refuse your application if it’s likely to cause a problem for other road or pavement users.
The dropped kerb would be near a tree
There must be more than one metre between you’re dropped kerb and a tree. Depending on the size of the tree there might need to be even more distance between the dropped kerb and the tree to protect the roots.
You can work out the “root protection area” by measuring around the tree at chest height. Multiply this by four, but we’ll do this for you when we come to inspect.
We won’t usually remove a tree from the road to fit a dropped kerb unless it’s dead, dying or diseased.
Your property isn’t level with the pavement
If your property isn’t level with the back of the pavement and can’t be made level or it’s likely to cause damage to the bottom of vehicles driving onto your property. We might have to reject your application.
The angle of the road and pavement means a dropped kerb might damage a vehicle
If the angle of the road (camber) and/or the height of the pavement is so much that it could cause damage to vehicles using the dropped kerb. We might have to reject your application or we may approve it but certain vehicles won’t be able to use the dropped kerb.
The dropped kerb affects the natural drainage
If you apply for a dropped kerb which would cause us to have to pave over a verge or similar. If we think this will contribute to flooding we may need to reject your application.
Near a junction, pedestrian crossing or other road safety measure
If a dropped kerb might affect a junction, a pedestrian crossing or other road safety measure (e.g. traffic lights) your application is likely to rejected. You’re dropped kerb will need to be at least 10 metres from a junction.
Near a street light or road sign
You won’t be allowed a dropped kerb which is closer than 1 metre to any “street furniture” e.g. street light, road signs.