What is a dropped kerb?
A dropped kerb enables vehicles to cross the public pavement or footway to access a private driveway. The dropped kerb area remains part of the public footway and must not be used for parking vehicles. You will need a frontage of at least 4.75m to park your vehicle. Obstructing the public footway is an offence.
A standard width crossing is 2.75m at the property boundary and 4.5m at the kerb edge. Area to be strengthened is the width at the kerb edge by the overall depth (4.5m x depth).
Standard dropped kerb, no grass verge
Standard dropped kerb, with grass verge
Kerbs can only be dropped by applying through us - you must not carry out the work yourself. You may need planning permission if you are surfacing over your front garden or your property is:
- on a classified road (typically a main road)
- in a building divided into separate properties, eg flats
- a commercial premises
- in a conservation area
If you think you need planning permission or advice, please see the pre-application advice page for further guidance before sending an application.