Dropped Kerb Guidance

Before you submit an application for a dropped kerb, please consider these important points

Once you’ve applied we’ll come and visit your property to see if anything needs to be removed before we can get started, for example trees or streetlights.

Frequently asked questions on dropped kerbs

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.
You’ll usually need planning permission in the following cases:
  • Your property leads onto a classified road (for example, an A-road)
  • Your parking area is surfaced with concrete, some types of tarmac, some types of block paving
  • 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

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.


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



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. This is to protect the tree 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

We may reject your application if your property isn’t level with the back of the pavement and can’t be made level. Also if it’s likely to cause damage to the bottom of vehicles driving onto your property.

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 such that it could cause vehicle damage when 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, pedestrian crossing or other road safety measure (for example, 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”. For example, street light, road signs.


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. This is so that there is no damage to pipes and cables underneath.



If you are a leaseholder or renting, you’ll need to get written permission from your landlord.

If you own, check your deeds to make sure you’re allowed to park a vehicle on your property.

Often recently built properties may have restrictions in the deeds stopping you parking a vehicle on the property.


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



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


If you’re going to have a driveway surfaced with any of the materials below. You will 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)

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). Prices start from £206 for a single household, £407 for more than one household and £234 for commercial.
  • If there’s a tree nearby you may need to pay for us to dig the area out. This is 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.
  • Price per kerb stone: £165.00
  • There is a minimum installation of 2 kerb stones costing £330.00
  • 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. This is 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.