Dropped Kerb Guidance

Before you submit an application for a dropped kerb, please consider these important points
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If you’ve got a parking area, driveway or similar on your property you’ll need a dropped kerb to be able to use it legally.

When we put in a dropped kerb we ensure the pavement and/or verge is reinforced so that there is no damage to pipes and cables underneath.

 

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I will be parking my vehicle with the front/back facing the road

If the front or back of your vehicle will be facing the road, you’ll need to make sure your space is at least 5.5 metres x 2.6 metres.

dropped kerb 90 degree parking

I will be parking with the side of my vehicle facing the road

If the side of your vehicle will be facing the road, you’ll need to make sure your space is at least 2.8 metres x 6.5 metres.

dropped kerb parallel parking

 

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If are going to have gates you’ll need to make sure they open towards your property, not onto the road or pavement.

Driveway

Gravel

If you’re going to have a driveway surfaced with loose gravel you will need to make sure you have something in place so the gravel is not spread onto the pavement or road.

Drainage

If you’re going to have a driveway surfaced with any of the materials below you’ll need to make sure there is a drain on your property for any surface water:

  • Concrete
  • Some types of tarmac
  • Some types of brick paving
  • Any other material which doesn’t have holes to let water drain (non-porous)
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Existing kerb outside my property

A replacement dropped kerb won’t be automatically approved, we will still need to check it’s safe and meets the current criteria.

A kerb outside another property

A replacement dropped kerb won’t be automatically approved, we will need to check it’s safe and meets current criteria and doesn’t reduce the on-street parking too much.

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You’ll usually need planning permission in the following cases:
  • Your property leads onto a classified road (e.g. an A-road)
  • Your parking area is surfaced with concrete, some types of tarmac, some types of block paving or any other material which doesn’t have holes to let water drain (non-porous)
  • The property is  a flat, maisonette or commercial premises, not a house.
  • Your property is a listed building
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Depending on whether your own the property, are a leaseholder or renting you’ll either need to get written permission from your landlord or check your deeds to make sure you’re allowed to park a vehicle on your property.

Often recently built properties may have a restriction in the deeds which stop you from parking a vehicle on the property.

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We usually fit a kerb approximately 4.6 metres wide. This is made of 2 sloping kerb stones either side and 3 flat kerb stones in the middle. Unless there’s a specific reason this is what will be fitted.
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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 which is 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 and multiplying 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 and 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.

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There are a few things you’ll need to pay for to get a dropped kerb fitted:

  • If there’s an old dropped kerb that will no longer be used, you will need to pay to get this raised
  • Our inspection to check if it’s suitable to fit a dropped kerb at your property, which is £110.
  • Planning permission (if required), starting at £170.
  • If there’s a tree nearby you may need to pay for us to dig the area out to check whether the work will affect the tree.
  • Installation of the new dropped kerb – a quote is provided once the inspection has been completed.  As a guide, a standard dropped kerb costs about £825.
  • If your property isn’t level with the back of the pavement, you’ll need to adjust the level of your property to match.
  • If there would be a slope down into your property from the dropped kerb you might need to put extra drainage in place to prevent water from the road coming into your property.
  • You will also have to pay if utilities (gas, electricity etc.), street lights or other things need to be moved to safely fit your kerb – the cost of moving a street light starts around £800.
  • Change or removal of a parking bay - If a new vehicle access (or amendment to an existing vehicle access) requires an amendment to any parking restrictions at that location, the applicant will be charged a fee to cover the costs of the process involved in amending the permanent traffic regulation order (TRO) for the affected parking restriction.

    The fee for amending the TRO will be £600, and this process takes a few months to complete.

 

 

 

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