Apply for a dropped kerb
You can apply to the County Council for permission to have a vehicle crossing (dropped kerb) installed on the road adjacent to your property. You can also apply for an existing access to be widened
- What is it for
Approval is required to create, or extend, access to a property by lowering kerbs at the edge of a road.
The process involves:
- Lowering of the kerbs at the edge of the road to allow access to the householder's property/ driveway
- Strengthening of the crossing from your property boundary to the edge of the road
- It may be necessary to move or protect street light columns, railings and bollards and any pipes or cables etc belonging to public utilities underneath the crossing
Approval from the council is not required for crossings on unadopted roads.
- Who can apply
The property owner should apply. If you are a tenant you will need to contact your landlord or housing association for written permission.
- Before you apply
To enable us to process your application quickly you will be asked to provide any information that supports your application. This might include:
- Photographs of the location
- Consent from property owner (if different from applicant)
- Proof of planning permission being granted. If you do not have the required planning permission in place your application will be refused. Refer to the pre-application checklist for more detail.
- Letter or e-mail from a utility company affected confirming they are happy to move / adjust their apparatus
Please review the Pre-application checklist to determine whether your property may be suitable for installing, or widening an access and to ensure you have all the supporting documentation required for an application.
- The approval process
On receipt of your application and associated £150 fee, an engineer will visit the site to determine its suitability. Following this assessment we will write back to you with the outcome. This letter will consist of one of the following:
- site approval for your vehicle crossing works; this will be valid for a period of 12 months from the date of the letter
- rejection of your application and justification for this outcome
Should your application for a vehicle crossing be approved you will then be able to appoint your own contractor to carry out the works.
- What happens after approval
You will need to appoint a private contractor to do the works. Hampshire County Council does not hold a list of approved contractors, and we are unable to recommend any specific private companies to carry out the works. You may wish to use the Government’s Buy With Confidence website to find a suitable contractor.
The contractor you appoint must:
- hold £10m public liability insurance and indemnify both the applicant and Hampshire County Council on an appropriate certificate
- have operatives and supervisors who are trained and accredited to the requirements of the Codes of Practice under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991
- obtain a Section 171 Licence to excavate the highway. More information on this process can be found on our road opening licence webpage
- determine whether there is public utility apparatus that may need relocating or protecting. If this is the case the contractor should contact the relevant public utility company, or Scottish and Southern Energy where there are required changes to street lighting
Before your contractor starts work you should see evidence that they have an approved Section 171 Road Opening Licence. Work done under a Road Opening Licence is covered by the contractor for a maintenance period of 2 years.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your chosen contractor has received this approval. If your chosen contractor undertakes the works without a Section 171 Road Opening Licence, Hampshire County Council will not be able to provide you with the evidence of legality for your vehicle crossing.
Upon application you will be required to pay the below fee. Please have your payment details ready before submitting your application. Paying online will significantly speed up the application process as enquiries are not processed until payment has been received.
- Construction specifications
Your chosen contractor shall adhere to the Construction Specifications for dropped kerbs
If you’re happy and understand the conditions and charges