How to get a dropped kerb installed

How to get a dropped kerb installed

Types of dropped kerbs and what you need to do to get one.

There are two types of dropped kerbs:

  • dropped kerbs for vehicles
  • pedestrian dropped kerbs

Dropped kerbs for vehicles

What they are.

It allows vehicles to cross the public pavement to get to a private driveway.

How to get a vehicular dropped kerb.

Bristol City Council doesn’t install vehicular dropped kerbs. 

You’ll need to:

  • check if you need planning permission
  • make sure your driveway meets the dropped kerb standards
  • contact a contractor to install it for you

Planning permission

You must check if you need planning permission before the dropped kerb is installed. 

You’ll need planning permission if:

  • 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
  • the dropped kerb is going to be installed on an A, B or C class road

Driveway standards for a dropped kerb

You can only have a dropped kerb if your driveway meets the following criteria.

Driveway size

  • at least 4.8 metres long from the pavement edge that’s closest to the driveway, to the edge of your building
  • 2.4 metres wide for ‘drive straight in’ parking

See our driveway size diagram (pdf, 69KB) (opens new window)

Construction materials

The driveway must be made from either: porous asphalt, porous concrete blocks, concrete or clay block permeable paving laid on a sub-base of materials such as 4/20 or Type 3.

The driveway must not have loose gravel surfacing.


The driveway must have suitable drainage where it meets the road boundary.

This should be across the boundary of the driveway to to make sure surface water drains away before it reaches the road.  

See our driveway drainage diagram (pdf, 81KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 81KB) (opens new window) .


You’ll need to hire a contractor and they must:

  • have public liability insurance of a minimum of £5 million 
  • complete the work to our vehicle crossover specifications
  • be qualified under the New Roads and Street Works Act (H.A.U.C. scheme)
  • have a current highway excavation licence for the work  

Why we may reject your planning application

We can refuse permission for a dropped kerb if it causes a road safety risk, such as:

  • not enough visibility of oncoming traffic
  • your property is on a bend, a road junction or there’s a steep slope between your property and the road
  • your property is close to traffic lights
  • there’s not enough space for your vehicle 
  • a street lamp or street furniture such as postboxes, road signs and benches is blocking access

We'll issue an enforcement notice if you’ve installed a dropped kerb without planning permission.

You’ll then need to apply for a retrospective application or restore the kerb to the way it was.

Pedestrian dropped kerbs

What they are

A dropped pedestrian crossing is a lowered kerb or pavement used to allow pedestrians to cross the road more easily, especially people:

  • using wheelchairs or mobility scooters
  • who are elderly 
  • with prams or pushchairs

Pedestrian dropped kerbs are usually on main roads leading to schools, supermarkets or hospitals where they are most needed. 

Request a pedestrian dropped kerb

You can ask for a pedestrian dropped kerb using our Street Improvements tool.

There’s no specific funding to install new kerbs right now but we want to know where they’re needed should the situation change. It will influence the six area committees who make decisions on how local funds are spent.