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Dropped Crossing Application

If you wish to apply for a Dropped Crossing to allow vehicular access to a private dwelling please download the application form and conditions.

*Please note new charges apply from 1st April 2016*

Please note: If you have already applied for a dropped crossing and accepted the quotation supplied by us, then all subsequent queries should be addressed to the relevant Area Highways Inspector, whose contact details can be found at the top of your quotation letter.

Dropped Crossing Application Process

Once you have submitted your dropped crossing application a we will carry out an assessment and a decision will normally be made to approve or decline the dropped crossing within approximately 4 weeks.

If the dropped crossing is approved a letter will be sent to the applicant confirming this, together with a quote for us to carry out the works. The applicant may then choose to have us carry out the works, alternatively an accredited contractor may be appointed by the applicant. If we are not carrying out the works a separate Section 171 Licence must be obtained before any works commence.  

The cost of moving street furniture and/or parking restrictions will be contained in the approval letter and fall outside of any quote received for the installation of the dropped crossing.

If the application is declined a letter will be sent explaining the reasons for this.  Unfortunately the application fee cannot be refunded.


These conditions should be read before applying for a dropped crossing, please remember it is an offence to carry out any works on the highway before first obtaining written permission from us.

1. The construction of a dropped crossing serving a property gives the occupier rights to drive across the footway to gain access to the property.  The crossing itself continues to form part of the highway and as such will be owned and maintained by us.

2. A dropped crossing is needed to prevent damage to the footway; if you drive across the footway without providing an approved dropped crossing we has powers to build one and recover the cost from the householder.

3. It may be necessary to first obtain planning permission to gain access from a main road or to be able to park a vehicle within the curtilage of a property, particularly if the property is on a busy or classified road (see list opposite).  It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain necessary approval from the planning authority, together with obtaining permission of any housing association that may be involved with the property, before applying for a dropped crossing on such a road.  Details of such permissions should be included on the dropped crossing application form associated with these conditions, as failure to do so will delay the process.

4. The works to the highway to construct the dropped crossing must be carried out by an accredited contractor if the works are not being carried out by us. We are unable to recommend contractors but would suggest an applicant looks at www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk where businesses have been approved by Trading Standards.

5. Once you have chosen your contractor a Section 171 Licence must be obtained from us. This allows contractors to work on the highway to construct the approved dropped crossing and must also be signed by the applicant. If you choose us to carry out your works this will be dealt with internally.

6. There will be additional costs incurred by the applicant if street furniture or parking restrictions need amending or moving. These costs will be set out on the approval of the dropped crossing.

7. Where a new dropped crossing will leave less than two full height kerbs to a neighbouring crossing, these will also need to be dropped at the cost of the applicant.

8. Where a new dropped crossing is replacing an adjacent existing dropped crossing, the redundant crossing will need to be put back to the original height at the cost of the applicant.

9.  Permission will normally only be granted for a standard size dropped crossing of three drops and two tapered kerb stone, in exceptional circumstances this may be extended to 5 drops plus tapers.

10. Permission will only be given for a dropped crossing where our parking guidelines specifying the size of a standard residential parking space (currently 2.4m x 4.8m) and the manoeuvring requirements to safely use it are met. The normal manoeuvring requirements referred to relate to an additional 1.2m length for spaces parallel to the kerb.

11. Any parking area created within the property must be suitably drained so that water does not discharge from it across the footway.

12. The use of gravel or other unbound material is not recommended adjacent to the highway as loose material can carry onto the footway, creating a possible danger to other users.

13. If gates are fitted across the vehicle entrance they must not open outwards across the footway.

14. Work to remove any existing boundary wall, fence or shrubbery to create an access must be completed before works can commence on the highway.

15. Once an application is submitted the application fee is non refundable.  For current fees please see scale of charges below.

16. The quotation from us to carry out the works is only valid for six months from date of issue. If works are likely to take place beyond this period then it will be necessary to obtain a new quotation, for which a separate application must be made.

Scale of Charges

All charges are non-refundable once this application has been submitted (see Condition 15).

Type of Application

Licence Charge

Dropped Crossing Application – Payable on Application




Quotation for providing Dropped Crossing, plus movement of Street Furniture, Parking Restrictions etc (if required)

£ on application

(Quote Valid for 6 months) 

Section 171 Licence

(Work carried out by an accredited contractor)