Applying for a new dropped kerb
If you need to drive across the pavement to get your vehicle into your driveway, then you must, by law, have a vehicle crossover constructed. This strengthens the footway to protect the surface and prevents underground cables and pipes, supplying services to the properties, from being damaged.
The London Borough of Bexley only permits the construction of a dropped kerb to be undertaken by its Term Highway Maintenance Contractor.
Before we approve your application for a residential, domestic vehicle crossover, you'll have to have an inspection. Then, one of our Highways officers will see if it's possible to build it and confirm the cost for the works. There is an administration fee of £50 (non-refundable), which includes 1 site visit with up to two estimates per visit.
- the cost of constructing or extending existing dropped kerb is based on the total size of the proposed dropped kerb and the footway area to be treated.
- charges start from £1385 (from 1 April 2023) for a dropped kerb and charges for extensions to existing crossings depend on the area concerned
- it should be noted that removal of any street furniture (Council or Utility Company-owned), or the need to use traffic management to undertake the work, will attract additional costs
How long will it take
- the estimate will take up to 10 working days from receipt of the application and fee. Where additional works to lamp columns, trees, underground chambers, or parking controls would also be required, the quote may take longer due to input from other internal or external parties
- the works would normally up to 14 weeks from receipt of payment for the crossover
- wall/fence/hedge obstructions will need to be removed prior to works where necessary
- if you have any street furniture outside your property that requires moving/removal, this may delay the process further
- if you are planning to install/change the vehicle standing area before the vehicle crossover is installed, please mention this as part of the application process, as this could affect how the work is carried out
Application for an estimate
If you are interested in having a dropped kerb constructed outside your property, you need to put two marks at the back of the pavement where it meets your property boundary, indicating the location and the width you require.
Alternatively, if you wish to extend your existing dropped kerb, place a mark indicating which side requires extending and by how much:
- a technician will then measure the kerb and an estimate will be calculated and forwarded to you
- use the dropped kerb request form for an estimate on the cost of constructing a dropped kerb at your property