How to apply for a dropped kerb

If you have space to park in your front garden, you can apply to have a slope built from the road to your gateway to make it easier to drive your vehicle in. This slope is also referred to as a domestic crossover.

Before we approve your application for a dropped kerb, you'll have to have an inspection by one of our Highways officers to see if it's possible to build it and to confirm the cost for the works. There's a £34 fee for this inspection.

If we approve your application and you decide to go ahead with the works after the inspection, we'll deduct the inspection fee from the cost of the works.

Apply for a dropped kerb

You can apply for a dropped kerb and pay your inspection fee online:

Apply for a dropped kerb

Once we receive your application and £34 inspection fee, a Highways officer will visit the property to assess its suitability for a dropped kerb.

The general guidelines are:

  • dropped kerbs can only be used for vehicles that weigh less that 3.5 tonnes
  • the minimum width of a dropped kerb is 3.9 metres with wings (wings are where the dropped kerb slopes back up to pavement level)
  • the maximum width is 5.4 metres with wings
  • the front garden needs to be at least 4.5 metres deep
  • you'll need to have a hard area to park your car on.

Meeting these guidelines doesn't automatically mean you can have a dropped kerb. There may be other factors that we need to take into consideration.

Planning permission

In certain cases, particularly on principal roads or in conservation areas, you will need to get planning permission before you apply for a dropped kerb.

If you think you need planning permission, contact our Planning department.

Apply for planning permission on the Planning Portal website

Council-owned property

If the property is Council-owned, you'll need to get permission to build a dropped kerb from our Housing Services team.

Privately rented property

If you rent privately, you need to get your landlord's permission before you apply.

How long does installation take?

We aim to install dropped kerbs within eight weeks from the date the work is issued, weather permitting, and clearance of payment. It may take longer if street furniture or utility apparatus and so forth needs to be moved.

Can I apply if my parking space isn't ready yet?

We won't install a dropped kerb unless there is already a hard area in your front garden to park your vehicle. If this isn't in place, you should apply for approval of a dropped kerb before you build one.

You should have the parking area ready within three months of the date of your letter of approval. If you don't do this, you'll be charged an additional administration charge of £50.

What if I change my mind?

You can get a refund if you pay and then change your mind before building starts, but an administration fee of £25 will be charged.