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Dropped kerb planning permission

Dropped kerbs are kerbs that are lowered to allow vehicles to cross over the pavement to go into a driveway.

All new or altered dropped kerbs and verge/footway crossovers must be approved by the Highways Authority and the work undertaken by an approved contractor. This is covered by Section 184 of the Highways Act 1980. You must also check if you need planning permission before a dropped kerb is installed.

You will need planning permission for a dropped kerb if:

  • Your property is divided into flats
  • Your property is in a conservation area and you’d need to remove a gate pillar, wall or fence that’s over one metre high
  • You need structural work to make the parking area
  • The dropped kerb is going to be installed on an A, B or C class road

Under Part 2, Class B of the General Permitted Development Order, planning permission is only required if the road is a classified road or a trunk road. Check what class your road is by using the road checker

Please note planning application fees are non refundable unless under certain circumstances.

My dropped kerb does need planning permission. Now what do I need to do?

Before construction of the dropped kerb can start, the following steps need to be followed:

  1. The correct certificate of ownership must accompany your planning application. If you do not own the land you will need to present Certificate B otherwise your planning application cannot proceed.
  2. Seek approval from the Highways Authority.
  3. Choose a contractor.
  4. Your chosen contractor applies to the Highways Authority for a licence to construct the dropped kerb.
  5. The contractor notifies the Highways Authority when the works will commence.
  6. Construction starts and a Highway Officer inspects the construction during and after completion.