Dropped kerbs are kerbs that are lowered to allow vehicles to cross over the pavement to go into a driveway.
If you intend to drive a vehicle over the footway into your driveway off a highway, then you will need a dropped kerb. If you do not have a dropped kerb, you must not drive over the footway. If you do so, you are breaking the law and enforcement action could be taken to prevent such practice. Furthermore:
- You may become liable from a collision with a pedestrian
- You may become liable for damage to the footway
- You may face considerable costs as a result of damage to any utility apparatus under the footway
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Do I need planning permission?
You must check if you need planning permission before a dropped kerb is installed.
First you need to find out of a road is classified or unclassified. Planning permission is usually only required if the road is a classified road or a trunk road.
Check what class your road is by using the road checker on the Devon County Council website.
You will need planning permission for a dropped kerb if:
- If your road is Class A, B or C (You can check what class your road is by using the road checker on the Devon County Council website
- 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
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:
You must submit it on a standard form, either online or by post. The simplest way to submit a planning application is online. Click the 'apply online' image below.
Note - As part of the application you need to select and complete Certificate B as you are not the owner of the land where the dropped kerb will be added.
Once you have received your planning permission (this takes approximately 8 weeks), you will need to:
- Seek approval from the Highways Authority.
- Choose a contractor.
- Your chosen contractor applies to the Highways Authority for a licence to construct the dropped kerb.
- The contractor notifies the Highways Authority when the works will commence.
- Construction starts, and a Highway Officer inspects the construction during and after completion.