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Dropped kerbs for vehicle access

Dropped kerbs are sections of pavement with a lowered kerb, allowing drivers access to a private driveway. When making alterations to your property you may need to have the kerb lowered to enable you to legally drive across the pathway.

Before constructing a dropped kerb you will first need to find out if the road is a trunk or a classified road. You can do this by emailing Leicestershire County Council Highways Record Enquiries team on hre@leics.gov.uk before starting any work.

Will I need planning permission?

You will need to apply for planning permission:

  • If the kerb to be dropped is on a trunk or a classified road (class A, B and C roads).
  • If any work you intend to carry out in connection with the dropped kerb is not ā€˜permitted developmentā€™. 
  • If the kerb to be dropped is not onto a trunk or a classified road, but is the only work you are carrying out.


You will not have to apply for planning permission:

  • If the kerb to be dropped is not on a trunk or a classified road, and any work you intend to carry out in connection with the dropped kerb is permitted development (so does not require planning permission). Examples include: installing a porous hardstanding, removing a boundary wall, or building a freestanding garage or car port. Our self assessment forms provide further guidance.

Please be aware that consent for constructing a dropped kerb will always be required from Leicestershire County Councilā€™s Highways Department (even when planning permission is not required). Further details are available on their vehicle access webpage, by phoning 0116 305 0001 or by emailing customerservices@leics.gov.uk

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