Dropped kerbs

You can apply to the council for permission to have a dropped kerb (vehicle crossover) installed on the road adjacent to your property. It is illegal to drive over the pavement unless there is a vehicle crossover. You must read the dropped kerb application guidance before you apply.

Planning permission

Planning permission is only required if the dropped kerb, or extension to an existing dropped kerb, is to be installed in a road on the classified road list. Planning permission on classified roads must be sought prior to applying for the dropped kerb. You can apply for planning permission online.

The application form below is for both a new application or to request to extend an existing dropped kerb.

Apply for a dropped kerb

Once you have submitted your dropped crossing application and paid the charge, an officer will carry out an assessment and a decision will be made to approve or decline the dropped crossing within approximately four weeks.

The Council will need to consider environmental and other factors when determining approval for a dropped kerb. Such as the presence of trees, removal of any green spaces / highway verge, and the impact the application will have on the requirements for on-street parking in the vicinity. Each case will always be considered on its own merits and the Council may approve the request with or without modifications, may propose alternative works, may add conditions, or may reject the request.


A non-refundable charge of £89.68 will need to be paid at the time of application.

Payment can be made to Balfour Beatty by BACS RBS:

  • Account number: 31336726
  • Sort code: 16-04-00
  • Quote request summary reference number

Or you can pay by cheque payable to Balfour Beatty Living Places quoting Request summary reference number on the back of the cheque. Send to Highways Service Partnership, City Depot and Recycling Park, First Avenue, Millbrook, Southampton, SO15 0LJ.

Information required

You will also need to provide the following information with your application:

  • Location (traffic management costs if required)
  • The area that needs to be excavated
  • Water stop cocks and other manhole covers in the footway that require adjusting. Trees on the pavement or verge will generally not be removed to accommodate a dropped kerb
  • Who you use to complete the work. You can use Balfour Beatty or an NRSWA accredited contractor of your choice

Please note: We have a duty to maintain our highways and protect it from damage. It is an offence to do any works on the highway without our permission.


Should you choose to commission your own NRSWA accredited contractor, please note:

Only contractors who are accredited under the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, and who hold £10 million public liability insurance, may apply for a licence.

Contractors must seek permission to excavate in the public highway by completing a Road Opening Licence. Contact 023 8079 8077 or SouthamptonNRSWA@bblivingplaces.com for an application form.