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Vehicle Crossing/Dropped Kerbs

A “Vehicle Crossing” is defined as a section of kerb, lowered to provide vehicular access to an individual property. A standard crossing is usually five kerbs, made up of two dropped kerbs and three flat kerbs in the centre. The full depth of the footway from the kerb to the property boundary will be dug up and tarmaced. It is accepted that more than five kerbs may be required and such a quotation would reflect this.

Request a Vehicle Crossing/Dropped Kerb

Following a request for a vehicle crossing we will survey the area. Please note, no work will be undertaken until all relevant authorisations have been obtained and payment received in full.

How much will a vehicle crossing cost?

An exact fee is unavailable due to the bespoke nature of the requirements. However information on a typical fee can be found on the following page Dropped Kerbs / Crossover Fees. It is also possible to have an existing crossing extended.

Please note that there will be a non refundable estimate charge, which will be deducted from total costs if the works go ahead.

Road Markings for Vehicle Crossings / H Bars

H Bar road markings are shaped like an elongated 'H' which is placed across a vehicular access or driveway. It is used to remind drivers that it is illegal to park in front of dropped kerb driveways.

Road Markings for Vehicle Crossings

Vehicle Crossings for Disabled Residents

The provision of vehicle crossing installed without charge to Blue Badge Holders is no longer available.

How to pay for your vehicle crossing

If completing the on-line form, you may pay the survey fee and/or quotation fee by debit/credit card

  • You will be taken to the secure payment facility upon submission of the form (except for 'Accept a Quote' when 'pay later in instalments' is selected)
  • You will need a valid debit or credit card

Vehicle Crossings on Classified Roads

Any access, or alterations to an existing access, to a Classified Road requires planning permission.

Therefore If the proposed Vehicle Crossing fronts a Classified Road, then Planning Consent will be required before a quotation can be given.

Please see our Planning pages for further information.

Vehicle Crossings on Private Streets

private street is a street that is not maintainable by the Council. The responsibility for vehicle crossings on private streets (including footways and pavements) lies with the street owners. These are usually the people who live on the street.

Vehicle Crossings for Council Owned Properties

Housing Tenants must have a hardstanding before making an application for a vehicular crossing. If there is no hardstanding permission should be gained from Housing Services. The tenant MUST have hardstanding (e.g. flagstones, tarmac). Other conditions may include permission to alter a boundary wall, or an access agreement to cross Council owned land. Such conditions are set out in writing by Housing Services and given to the Tenant. The Tenant will then need to produce these when requested.

The Housing Tenant will need to contact their local Estate Office so that the appropriate consent can be obtained. Please see the following webpage on Council Homes Repairs & Improvements for further information.

Private Contractors

Applicants who wish to undertake to provide vehicular access to an individual property themselves, must contact us as to apply in writing for a Road Opening Licence (otherwise known as a Street Works Licence).

A Street Works Licence is a section 50 licence which comes under the ‘New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA) Section 50’
The following procedure applies for granting permission to a Consultant/Contractor to undertake the construction of works

  • The Consultant/Contractor must confirm in writing their intentions. The letter should also include the proposed start date for works and the name/telephone number of the site agent or representative.
  • Copies of Statutory Undertakers clearances must be provided by the Consultant/Contractor i.e. Gas/Electric/Water
  • Site signing and coning must comply with Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual
  • Proof of appropriate Public Liability insurance cover must be submitted (to the minimum value of £5 million)
  • Two copies of drawings showing the proposed works must be submitted
  • Copies of operatives N.R.S.W.A street accreditation certificates must be supplied

To request a vehicle crossing from the Council, please use our online request form.

Hard standing requirements

If the surface is to be made of non-permeable material with uncontrolled drainage and measures more than five square metres, planning permission will be required.

Planning Permission will NOT be required when:

  1. The surface to be covered is less than five square metres
  2. Permeable (or porous) surfacing is used, which allows water to drain through, such as gravel, permeable concrete block paving or porous asphalt
  3. Rainwater is directed to a lawn or border to drain naturally


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