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Vehicle access over kerbs


If you need to drive over the pavement or verge to park on your property, you need to apply for a licence to have a properly constructed crossing. You also need to re-apply if you want to extend an existing crossing.

Please follow the process below to apply for a licence.

Do I need planning permission?

You must apply for planning permission before you apply for a licence if:

  • the access is on to a classified road (A, B or C road)
  • you are also creating/amending a drive/hard standing within your property boundary

Applying for a licence

Please make sure you have read our  Icon for pdf Dropped kerb licence conditions FAQs (PDF, 33.1kb)  before applying. 

Request a dropped kerb - note there is a £140 licence fee.

What happens next?

After we receive your application, we will check to make sure the location isn't a problem.

If you are successful, you will receive a confirmation letter and will be required to pay the licence fee. You will also receive our approved contractors list - you must get the work done by one of these companies.

If you are unsuccessful, you will be told why, and no fee will be charged.

Getting the crossing built

Only contractors approved by us can carry out the work. Before starting work your contractor must:

  • give us at least seven days notice of intention to start work so we can arrange inspection of the site
  • contact our Street lighting and illuminated traffic signs team to determine whether any street lighting equipment is likely to be affected
  • give notice to any companies who have pipes, cables etc in the area, e.g. gas, water, electricity, that may be affected
  • comply with our work specification which will be issued when permission is granted

It is illegal to place ramps in the highway to access your property. Ramps can be dangerous to pedestrians, cyclists and passing vehicles and may obstruct the flow of surface water on the road. If an illegal crossing has been constructed or it is considered to be in a dangerous location, you may need to reconstruct the crossing to an approved standard or remove it completely.

Once under construction, an inspector will visit the site to confirm the crossing is being built to our specification.

Contact us
Strategic Highways
03000 268 099
Our address is:
  • 4th Floor
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UQ
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