How to get a dropped kerb installed

What you need to do to get a drop kerb installed.

Dropped kerbs are kerbs that are lowered to allow vehicles to cross over the pavement to go into a driveway. 

Get a dropped kerb

Bristol City Council  doesn’t install dropped kerbs. You’ll have to contact a contractor.

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. 

For example, 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

Check what class the road is by using our classified road checker.

We'll issue an enforcement notice if you install a dropped kerb without the required planning permission. You must then apply for a retrospective application or remove the dropped kerb.

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

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

Driveway standards for a dropped kerb

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

Driveway size

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

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

Construction materials

The driveway must be made from 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 any loose gravel surfacing.


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

This should be across the boundary of the driveway to stop any surface water runoff before it reaches the highway.

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


You can hire any contractor, but they must: