Access protection marking - 'H' bar

Access protection markings are white 'H' shaped lines, sometimes called H bars, marking a dropped kerb. It helps make drivers aware of an access point which must not be obstructed.

Bar markings on a clearly defined dropped crossing access should not normally be necessary. Rule 243 of the Highway Code instructs vehicle drivers not to park in front of an entrance.

The Highway Code Rule 243 instructs drivers not to park their vehicle or trailer on the road where it would endanger, inconvenience or obstruct pedestrians or road users. For example, "In front of an entrance to a property".


A non-refundable application charge of £55.00 (inc. VAT) will need to be paid when you have submitted your application.

If an H-bar application is subsequently approved and you wish to proceed, an installation fee of £65.00 (inc. VAT) will be charged for all markings up to five metres in length.

If the required marking is longer than five metres, a further £10.00 (inc. VAT) per metre is payable. The marking must span the extent of the dropped kerb. The total cost will be provided, if the application is approved, prior to installation.

The application form below is for both a new application or to request to extend an existing access protection line.

Apply for access protection marking


Payment can be made by:

  • BACS: RBS – Account Number: 31336726 Sort Code: 16-04-00
    To prevent unnecessary delays in processing the application, please ensure you quote the reference number that will be provided when you submit your online application (starting 'FS').

  • Cheque: Cheques must be made payable to 'Balfour Beatty Living Places' and sent to Highway Services Partnership, City Depot and Recycling Park, First Avenue, Millbrook, Southampton, SO15 0LJ.
    Please ensure you quote the reference number that will be provided when you submit your online application (starting 'FS') on the reverse of the cheque.