Dropped kerbs

Pedestrians

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.

Mobility problems

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 enquiries@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 668000.

Vehicle access

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 household 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

Download Classified roads [PDF, 151KB]

If you're not sure if you need planning permission check with our planning department before you apply.

It costs £121 to apply for a vehicle crossing which is not refundable and pays for a survey. 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.

Download Apply for a household vehicle crossing [PDF, 388KB]

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. We'll send you a letter to let you know if the crossing has been approved (valid for six months), along with a quote for the work. You can ask us to do the work or you can get a contractor to do it. 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.

Download Apply for a highway permit [PDF, 160KB]

Download 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.

Download 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).

Download Apply for a highway permit [PDF, 160KB]

Most commercial vehicle crossings will need planning permission; check with our planning department.