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Kerb Dropping Frequently Asked Questions

Kerb Dropping

Frequently Asked Questions

The council provides a quotation and construction service if you need to drop the kerb outside your property for the purposes of access to your land or driveway. Permission is required from the council in order for you to construct this crossing. If the property is rented (e.g. from New Charter Housing or Housing Association) their permission to take a vehicle into the garden will also be required.

Do I need a dropped kerb?

If you intend to drive a vehicle over the footway into your driveway off a highway, then you will need a dropped kerb. If you do not have dropped kerb, you must not drive over the footway. If you do so, you are breaking the law and enforcement action could be taken to prevent such practice. Furthermore:

  • You may become liable from a collision with a pedestrian
  • You may become liable for damage to the footway
  • You may face considerable costs as a result of damage to any utility apparatus under the footway

How do I apply for a quotation?

An application can be made by completing the on line request for a quotation.

Following your request an officer will contact you providing a customer reference number and details of how to pay the Quotation Fee - £35.00. This fee will be deducted from the crossing total on your official quotation.

Once the quotation fee has been paid by yourself, an officer will attend site and record measurements and take photographs of the existing footway outside your property. Within the following 10 days a quotation will be sent via email (if provided) or through the post to the address given,

If you would like to meet the officer during the site visit, please make arrangements with Claire Williams once the quotation fee has been paid.

 Claire.williams@tameside.gov.uk or 0161 342 2804

How much will it cost?

The cost depends on the area of the footpath used to access the driveway.

Please find below the vehicle crossing price chart.

A typical cost for a 5-kerb extension with a footway width not exceeding 2 metres (6 foot) would be £653.00. (Minus the quotation fee of £35.00)

Current pricing as of 2016

Vehicle Crossing Price Chart (£)

To extend your existing crossing or construct a new crossing (New Crossing - minimum 5 kerbs or more)

Number of kerbs Footway Width
< 2.0m
up to 6'
2.0 - 2.5m
6' - 8'
2.5 - 3.0m
8' 10'
3.0 - 3.5m
10' - 12'
2 kerbs £302.53 £362.80 £409.29 £480.89
3 kerbs £409.29 £480.89 £553.69 £632.78
4 kerbs £543.62 £636.53 £733.87 £837.40
5 kerbs £653.00 £744.43 £888.88 £1001.93
6 kerbs £817.33 £929.13 £1054.61 £1172.60
7 kerbs
£916.55 £1035.80 £1166.41 £1344.61

All the pricing in the above chart represents current market conditions that are reviewed regularly. Any proposed crossings that fall outside the above chart shall be quoted individually

Diagram of the width of the footway

Extension to existing crossing


Any areas that fall outside the above chart shall be quoted individually dependant on their specific needs.

What work is involved for the cost?

The kerbs will be replaced with lower units and slanted kerbs to each side of the crossing for new construction. For an existing crossing this will be extended where appropriate. The crossing will be excavated and rebuilt to protect all underground utility apparatus from any damage. If the crossing is for the use of Heavy Goods Vehicles, then a commercial crossing is required and notification of this is required prior to the quotation.

How do I pay for the crossing?

You can pay for the quotation fee and any outstanding monies on line here

When Does Construction begin?

Once full payment has been cleared and your driveway construction is complete, your crossing will be added to the works programme. Wherever possible we aim to complete crossings within 28 working days from receipt of payment.

How Long Does The Work Take?

The actual build will be carried out over a 5 to 7 day period.

Can I Use My Own Contractor?

By obtaining an ‘OPENING UP NOTICE FOR HIGHWAYS’ It is possible to use your own contractor providing they conform to the criteria below:

  •  The contractor has full NRSWA staff accreditation
  • Public Liability Insurance, a minimum of £10,000,000 (million pounds)
  • Planning consent where applicable
  • Possession of vehicle crossing installation standard details from the highway authority
  • Full service/utility drawings for the location
  • Conform to all chapter 8 guidelines for working on the highway

For further enquiries on this please contact hannah.clayton@tameside.gov.uk  or 0161 342 2920

Do the Council construct private driveways within a property?

Contractors can be located in the local newspaper, yellow pages, Thomson local or on Tameside Council ‘Buy with confidence’ scheme located on Tameside MBC public website

Do I need planning consent?

Before submitting a request for a quotation you must ascertain whether the road is:

  • Trunk Road
  • Principal Road
  • Classified Roads - Class 1 or Class 2
  • Unclassified
  • Unadopted

Please check with: claire.williams@tameside.gov.uk or 0161 342 2804

If the vehicle crossing is to be positioned on a Principal road or Classified road then planning permission must be obtained through the planning department. There is a charge for this service.

Please Note’ Unadopted roads or Unclassified roads may have Land Easements, Rights of Way, Land Title or Ownership issues. TMBC will not be held responsible in full or part for any land or ownership issues/contraventions before or after installation.
The occupier/resident takes full responsibility for the instruction given to install.
Please consult your solicitor to clarify the above.

Can I be refused a crossing?

You can be refused a crossing installation and reasons can be individual to that location.
The points below may prohibit or offer guidance to a proposed dropped crossing:

  • Your property is on a bend or at a road junction
  • A tree is in the proposed crossing
  • Street furniture or a street lamp may impede access
  • Your property is close to traffic signals
  • There is a steep slope between your property and the road
  • There is insufficient garden area
  • There is insufficient visibility

If your application is refused you will receive a letter stating the reasons why and you have a right to appeal to:

The Secretary of State
Planning Inspectorate
Tollgate House
Houlton Street

Who owns the crossing on completion?

The construction of a vehicle crossing by TMBC remains part of the public highway and does not give the resident/occupier any legal right of ownership to the land or license to police that crossing in any way.

However, your new crossing does provide full acceptable rights to drive across the footway/highway land to gain access to your (your landlords) property or use of land developed and deemed suitable for off road parking.

What type of vehicles can be used on the crossing?

A domestic vehicle crossing may only be used by a private light goods or similar vehicle. It may not be used by a heavy goods vehicle or any form of mechanical equipment. If a delivery, such as a skip, is made into the property, and in doing so damages the crossing, any repairs to the crossing will be the responsibility of the owner/occupier.

Are there any legal considerations?

Gates or any other obstructions across the vehicle entrance to your property or land may under no circumstances open outwards across a footpath or carriageway. (Highways Act 1980 – section 53)

Any land that is a not a dedicated Highway, unclassified or unadopted roads may require a Legal Land Easement if the dropped kerb crosses that land. Land Title, Rights of Way or Ownership issues may also have to be considered.
Please consult your solicitor to clarify the above. TMBC will not be held responsible in full or part for any land or ownership issues/contraventions before or after installation.
The occupier/resident takes full responsibility for the instruction given to install.
Please consult your solicitor to clarify the above.

The council reserve the right to alter your dropped kerb in the future to accommodate dropped kerbs to neighbouring properties or any Highway refurbishment the council deems appropriate.
If you or a Contractor is carrying out the installation you must ask for special permission to excavate and an application for an Opening Up Notice must be requested. Section 171 of the Highways Act 1980.

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