A dropped kerb makes it easier for pedestrians with mobility problems or pushchairs to get to the pavement from the road. You can ask us to drop a kerb but we need to get approval from your local councillors before we can do this as there is a limited amount of money in each ward to spend on improvements.
If you have a mobility problem you can ask us to drop the kerb outside your home to make it easier for you to get to your property. As it is just for your use there is a charge for this that will depend on the size of the access. As a rough guide it costs £200 for a square metre but can cost a lot more if we need to move or change something like a street light or gas main.
To request a dropped kerb for pedestrians email email@example.com or call 01752 668000.
A vehicle crossing allows vehicles to cross the pavement from the road to a driveway or commercial premises. There is a charge for this that will depend on the size of the access. As a rough guide it costs £200 for a square metre but can cost a lot more if we need to move or change something like a street light or gas main.
Apply for a dropped kerb (domestic vehicle crossing)
You need planning permission before you can apply to have a vehicle crossing if:
- your property is on a classified road (see list below)
- your property is a listed building or within a conservation area
- your property is something other than a house for a single family, such as a flat, maisonette, commercial or industrial premises
- work will need to be done to raise the level by half a metre or more, or lower the level by 1 metre or more
Classified roads [PDF, 151KB]
If you're not sure if you need planning permission check with our planning department before you apply.
Application/survey Fee - £80 (non-refundable)
Processing/approval Fee - £100 (non-refundable)
You will be required to pay the inspection fee with your application. We will contact you for payment once the application has been received. Alternatively enclose a cheque made payable to ‘Plymouth City Council’. If your application is approved, we will contact you again for the processing/approval fee, alternatively you can enclose 2 separate cheques, if your application is refused the £100 cheque will then be returned to you.
Please fill in the application form below and send it to us with any documents needed. If you need the crossing for a motorhome you'll need to apply for a commercial vehicle crossing.
Apply for a dropped kerb (domestic vehicle crossing) [PDF, 512KB]
We'll then visit your property, which will take up to 20 days, to carry out a safety check and mark out your vehicle crossing with paint. You don't need to be present for this inspection. We'll then send you a letter to let you know if the crossing has been approved (valid for six months). All work must be carried out by an approved contractor after they have submitted a Section 171 form. Once the work has been done we'll inspect it and send you final approval.
Employing a contractor
Before you employ a contractor you need to check that they have:
- public liability insurance for £5 million
- staff that have been approved to work on the highway
They'll need a copy of the approval letter and our vehicle crossing conditions and they'll need to apply for a highway permit (Section 171 access to site licence) before they start work.
Apply for a highway permit [PDF, 160KB]
Household vehicle crossing conditions [PDF, 97KB]
We'll inspect the crossing when it's finished and if it's OK we'll write to you to let you know that we'll take over any future maintenance.
Apply for a commercial vehicle crossing
It costs £265 + VAT to apply for a vehicle crossing which is not refundable and pays for the survey and supervision fee. Please fill in the application form below and send it to us with any documents needed.
Apply for a commercial vehicle crossing [PDF, 485KB]
If you're planning on carrying out the work yourself you'll also need to apply for a highway permit (Section 171 access to site licence).
Apply for a highway permit [PDF, 160KB]
Most commercial vehicle crossings will need planning permission; check with our planning department.