Dropped kerbs and access protection markings

Apply for a dropped kerb or access protection marking

Dropped kerbs

A dropped kerb may be required to provide access for vehicles from the public highway to a domestic property. In order to have a dropped kerb you must seek consent from the County Council, as the Highway Authority. This consent is to ensure that any proposed crossing does not present a safety hazard to other users of the highway and to ensure that all works are carried out to the appropriate standard.

If you would like to apply for a new dropped kerb or extend an existing dropped kerb, you must first check whether the road is maintained by Cambridgeshire County Council. We can only assess applications on roads we maintain, please see our map below to double check.

If Cambridgeshire County Council does maintain your road, Planning Permission may be required from your Local District Council depending on the classification of the road;

For properties on classified roads (ie. 'A', 'B', or 'C' roads) - before applying to the County Council for a dropped kerb, you must first contact your relevant District Council to assess whether planning permission from them is required. Please note that some district Councils will charge for this. Once this has been done, you may then apply to the County Council.

For properties on Unclassified roads (ie. Housing estate etc) - you do not need permission from your District Council and can therefore apply directly to the County Council for a dropped kerb.

To apply for a dropped kerb please use the online form below:

Apply for a dropped kerb

During the online application you will need to pay £183 by credit or debit card. This charge covers all of our inspection fees (no VAT to pay).

Once your application has been received, a Highways officer will visit the site to ensure that it is safe and practical to construct the crossing. The Highways officer will then be in contact with you to confirm whether your application has been successful.

If your application is successful you will need to employ a contractor to carry out the work.

You and your contractor should read and adhere to the procedure and specification for the construction of dropped kerbs as set out in the dropped kerb specification and procedure guidance.

You or your contractor should then complete the booking a road space application form before commencing any work.

If your application is unsuccessful you will receive a refund of £110. Refunds will be made by cheque.

Dropped kerb specification and procedure guidance

April 2016

Size: 212.24 KB File format: pdf

Book a Road Space Application Form

August 2016

Size: 128.09 KB File format: pdf

Access protection markings

An access protection marking is a white line that marks the length of a dropped kerb. It helps to make drivers aware of an access point which must not be obstructed. It is also known as 'H' marking. 

During the online application you need to pay £107.52 by credit or debit card. If your application is unsuccessful you will receive a full refund.

Apply for an Access Protection Marking

After you have completed your application an officer will visit the site within 2 weeks to assess the location.

Blue badge holders may be eligible to have an access protection marking installed at their property free of charge. Payment is required upon application, but this may be refunded depending on eligibility and available funds.

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