A dropped kerb (footway crossing) is when the pavement is lowered so that you can legally drive over the pavement onto your driveway or front garden. If you would like to install a dropped kerb you will need to contact Redbridge Council.
Please read Redbridge Council Policy for footway crossings (PDF 23KB) before you apply.
We do not construct your driveway or front garden, we only provide the footway crossing. The crossing will be constructed if you have arranged for a suitable vehicle opening onto the premises so that vehicles can access your property. You will need to notify us when your front garden/drive has been completed and an opening made. The footway crossing will not be constructed until we receive confirmation that an opening has been made.
We reserve the right to revert the footway crossing to a footway if it is not in use or you no longer require vehicle access.
Do I need planning permission?
If you live on a classified road you will need planning permission as well as footway crossing consent from us.
Need planning permission for a footway crossing?
Do you live on a Red Route?
Red routes are roads that are part of Transport for London’s (TfL)road network. These roads are generally identified by red lines running along the road and are controlled by TfL not us.
All applications for footway crossings on Red Routes will need TfL’s agreement and planning permission from Redbridge. You should get advice from TfL that your crossing is feasible before applying for planning permission.
For more information about red routes please visit the TfL webpage or call TfL on 0343 222 1234
Is my driveway/front garden absorbent?
There must be somewhere for rain water to drain from your driveway into the ground on your property. Your driveway/front garden needs to be constructed with materials that can absorb, be 'porous' or divert water to drain through the ground such as flowerbeds, gravel, drainage channels and soakaways.
If your front garden does not have any of these materials this could result in the refusal of the footway crossing.
There is a tree, grass verge or shrubs in the way
If there is a tree, grass verge or shrub in the way this must be shown on the form. Please read the Redbridge Council Policy for footway crossings (PDF 23KB) for further information.
There is a street light or other street furniture in the way
If there is a street light or other street furniture such as a road sign, this must be shown on the form. We are prepared to arrange for the relocation of this street furniture to allow the construction of a footway crossing as long as you agree to meet the costs involved and alternative sites are possible.
How to apply
Download the Footway crossing application form (PDF 92KB)
Please complete and submit your application to the address shown on the form. A £100 non-refundable application fee must be sent in with your application.
- cheques should be made payable to London Borough of Redbridge and must be sent to Civic Pride, Highway Engineering Group Manager,12 Floor, Lynton House, 255/259 High Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1NY
- Debit and Credit Card payments are also accepted by calling 020 8554 5000
- we cannot accept cash payments
What happens next
- on receipt of your returned application form, the site will be inspected
- if approved a price for the construction of the crossing will be calculated and we will send you a quotation with a legal agreement for you to sign and return
- if you require a revised quotation there will be an additional charge of £65 added to the quote
- if approved a price for the construction of the crossing will be calculated and we will send you a quotation letter with a legal agreement for you to sign
- if you wish to continue with the application you will need to send us full payment along with the signed agreement
- once we have received your payment and legal agreement we will issue a works order to our contractor to construct the crossing - it will be constructed to the existing back of the footway level
- we plan to commence works within 8 weeks after we receive your payment, however you will need to notify us that you have made an opening for vehicle access and constructed a suitable surface to your property, failure to do this may delay construction of the crossing
- you will be notified the day before our contractor starts work on the crossing and they will deliver barriers which can be placed in the road to ensure the way is clear for the construction works
- you will not be able to drive your vehicle over the completed crossing for 24 hours
If your application is approved you will have to enter into a legal agreement with Redbridge Council to agree that your vehicle will not overhang the footway. If the terms of the agreement are broken, a warning may be served which could result in your application being cancelled. Any costs to reinstate the footway will be charged against your property.
There is a £200 charge for the Legal Agreement.
The agreement will be registered as a local land charge in the miscellaneous section of the Local Land Charges Register for the property and will transfer to any new owners when the property is sold.