Vehicle accesses, crossovers and dropped kerbs
There are procedures in place to help people gain vehicle access from the road, across footways and verges, which are part of the highway.
These procedures ensure that the safety of other road users and pedestrians is not compromised, and that damage is not caused to the road, footway or the utilities underneath.
Vehicle access onto the road (highway)
A proposal for a new access will need to satisfy both planning and highway requirements before it can proceed. The following steps should guide you through the necessary procedures.
If you live on a classified (A, B or C) road, you will need planning permission for a new access to your property.
Planning permission is not usually required if the access is onto an unclassified (minor) road. It may still be needed if the access forms part of more extensive works or is in a conservation area.
You should seek advice from your local planning office before proceeding. If they say that planning permission is not required, make sure you have that decision in writing.
To make a planning application, you will need to produce plans of your proposals and pay a fee to the relevant district or borough council.
Once you have planning permission for the proposed access or, where appropriate, a letter stating it is not needed, you should download the access pack.
This should be completed and returned, with the requested documents to:
Economy, Transport and Environment
Refusal of a request for a vehicle crossing
If planning permission has been granted for an access, then we (as the highway authority) will not refuse a request for the access.
If planning permission is not required for the access then it is rare for a request to be refused. However, if we believe your proposal puts other road users at risk or seriously interferes with the free flow of traffic on a busy road, then it may be turned down.
Constructing a vehicle crossing
We allow private contractors to construct vehicular accesses. However, we have a responsibility to manage all work on the local highway network and require contractors to have certain personnel to be qualified under the New Roads and Street Works Act accreditation scheme.
The contractor should also carry public liability insurance to a minimum of £5m.
It is in your interests to ensure that any contractor working for you conforms to these minimum standards as the cost of claims through accidents or utility apparatus damage can be very high and will be passed on to you for settlement.
If the works are undertaken by a private contractor then these works must be guaranteed for two years. Or you can ask us to undertake the work, in which case we bear all the risks.
Constructing my new drive or hard standing
We can only undertake work within the highway. You will either have to construct the drive or hard standing yourself or employ a private contractor.
Closing an unauthorised vehicle crossing
We have authority to take action to prevent use of unauthorised crossings.
Where the works are conducted by us a charge of £10 is made towards the cost of administration.
If the works are undertaken by a private contractor, a charge of £50 is made to cover the cost of inspection of the works and administration.
The above charges are in addition to the actual cost of the works.
Time limit to complete
Works should be completed within three months of approval.
Once the works start, they should be completed as quickly as possible, normally within three days.
Maintaining the vehicular access
Provided that the access is constructed in accordance with the specification and has been correctly maintained by the contractor, the access becomes part of the highway and is then maintained by us.
If we believe that the works have been undertaken incorrectly, we will make investigations, which may include drill holes, and recharge the cost of these if the work is found to be faulty.
If you would like to apply for a vehicle crossing, please see the documents attached to this page.
You can also pay a vehicular access invoice (opens in a new window) using secure payment.
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