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Creating a vehicle access for your property

The Council is able to provide a quotation and construction service if you need to drop the kerb outside your property for the purposes of access to your land or driveway.

Permission is required from the Council in order for you to construct this crossing.

If you would like more information or request a dropped crossing, please complete our online enquiry form

Frequently asked questions

Do I need a dropped kerb?

If you intend to drive a vehicle over the footway into your driveway off a highway, then you will need a dropped kerb. If you do not have dropped kerbs, you must not drive over the footway. If you do so, you are breaking the law and enforcement action could be taken to prevent such practice. Furthermore, you may become liable for any damage to the surface or sub-formation of the footway or any utility services damaged as a result of this action.

Do I need planning consent?

In the majority of cases planning consent is not required. However planning permission may be required if the adjacent road is a Classified Road or if you live in a Conservation area.

At many points throughout the City, roads are bordered by grass verges of varying widths, some of which may be part of the adopted highway, while others are land belonging to other departments in the Council. In addition there are numerous 'amenity spaces' in front of the curtilages of residential properties.

Nottingham City Council is in the process of creating further guidance for citizens regarding 'Vehicular Access over Verges and Amenity Land.'

This guidance will be available in due course and available on this webpage

How do I apply or request a quote?

An application can be made by completing the on line request for vehicle crossing application form

Following either request an officer will visit the property to take appropriate measurements.

Within 14 days information will be posted in the form of a written quotation detailing the total cost and methods of payment. If there are any problems associated with the crossing you will be notified accordingly.

What work is involved for the cost?

The kerbs will be replaced with lower units and a splay kerb to each side of the crossing for new construction.

Where an existing crossing exists it may be possible to extend where appropriate. The crossing will be excavated and rebuilt to protect all utility services that are below the surface from any damage and sufficient design to support private light goods or similar vehicles.

How do I pay for the crossing?

You can pay by cheque, credit or debit card.

How much will it cost?

The cost varies but will mainly depend on the area of the footpath used to access the driveway.

When does construction begin?

Once the payment has been processed, Highway Services will put the work into their programme.

From that point the works will commence anything up to three months

How long does the work take?

The actual build will be carried out over a 1 to 2 day period.

If you do have any concerns during the construction period you can contact the Highway Services team on phone 0115 9152000

Can I use my own contractor / Undertake the work myself?

It is possible to use your own contractor providing they conform to the criteria below:

  • The contractor has full Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA) staff accreditation
  • Public Liability Insurance, a minimum of £5,000,000 (million pounds)
  • Approval through a Section 184 License. The service ensures that accesses on to the highway are constructed in compliance with our safety standards and that the work is carried out by contractors accredited to work on the highway. To have a copy of this licence sent out to you, please contact our Network Management Team on 0115 8765238
  • Planning consent where applicable
  • Possession of vehicle crossing installation standard details from Nottingham City Council. pdf icon Dropped crossing design specification [170kb]
  • Full service/utility drawings for the location
  • Conform to all chapter 8 guidelines for works to Highway Land

Does the Council construct private driveways within a property?

No. Contractors can be located in the local newspaper or on the internet



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