Dropped kerbs (footway crossings)

A dropped kerb or footway crossing is when the pavement in front of your property is lowered so that you can drive over the pavement onto your driveway or front garden.

Dropped kerb application check list

We can create a dropped kerb in front of your home if your property meets the right criteria, for example, you may need planning permission. Before you apply for a dropped kerb, you will need to check:

You will need planning permission before you can apply for a dropped kerb if you live on a classified road.

Check if you live on a classified road

You will need planning permission before you can apply for a dropped kerb if you live in a conservation area.

Check if you live in a conservation area

Red routes are roads that are part of Transport for London’s (TfL) road network. These roads are controlled by TfL and usually have red lines running along the road.

If you live on a red route, you will need TfL’s agreement for the dropped kerb and planning permission from Redbridge. You should get advice from TfL that a dropped kerb is possible before applying for planning permission.

For more information about red routes, visit the TfL webpage or call TfL on 0343 222 1234

If you live on a classified road, in a conservation area or your road is a TfL red route, then you will need to make a planning permission application before you can apply for a dropped kerb.

Apply for planning permission

If your application is approved, you will need a suitable vehicle opening onto your property so vehicles can drive on to the driveway. 

We do not adapt your driveway or front garden - we only lower the kerb to create the dropped kerb.

If you do not have a suitable vehicle opening, you will need to arrange for an opening to be created on your front garden or drive. We cannot start work to create the dropped kerb until there is a clear opening on to the drive way.

Your vehicle must not overhang the pavement or public footway when it is parked in the driveway. Refer to section 4 of our policy for footway crossings for more information. 

There should be somewhere for rainwater to drain from your driveway into the ground on your property.

Your driveway or front garden must be made with materials that can absorb, be 'porous' or divert water to drain through the ground, such as flowerbeds, gravel, drainage channels and soakaways. Surface water must not drain into the road. Your application could be refused if your driveway or front garden does not have any of these materials. 

As we have a commitment to preserve street trees, we will refuse your application if a mature tree needs to be removed. We can remove trees younger than 2 years of age. You will need to pay for the removal of any trees, shrubs or verges if your application is accepted. Refer to Sections 2 and 3 of our policy for footway crossings for more information.

We can move a street light or other street furniture to create your dropped kerb if there is another site to move it to. You will need to pay for the relocation of the street light or street furniture. 

If you live in a flat or maisonette, you will need a letter from the freeholder to confirm they approve of a dropped kerb being created.

How much will it cost?

We will send you a quotation of the cost of creating the dropped kerb. Here is a breakdown of additional costs.

Application and inspection fee (non-refundable)


Legal agreement


(If required) Revising your quotation


Relocate street lamp or street furniture

Based on quote

Removal of tree

Based on quote

What happens after I have applied for a dropped kerb?

  • We will arrange for an inspection of your driveway to be checked for suitability
  • If we approve your application, we will calculate the estimated cost and will send you a quotation for creating the dropped kerb
  • You will be asked to call to make payment for the quoted amount. You can pay over the phone by calling our customer call centre on 020 8554 5000 between 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. You can not make a payment using the automated payment line, you will need to speak to a Customer Service Operator, with the reference number on the quote by selecting the Highways option 6 then 1 from the sub menu
  • We will also send you the legal agreement, where you agree that your vehicle will not overhang on the footway. You will need to pay £231 for the legal agreement. If you break the agreement, your application may be cancelled and you will be charged for any costs to reinstate the footway
  • We will arrange for the dropped kerb to be created with our contractor when we receive your payment and signed legal agreement. 

We can revert the dropped kerb back to a footway if it is not in use or you no longer require vehicle access, this work is chargeable.

How long will it take?

We need to assess each application and some applications will take longer than others, for example if we need to move trees or street lamps. The process could take at least 12 weeks from start to finish as long as everything is in place and ready for work to start.

How to apply

Complete and submit your dropped kerb application online:

  • You will need an online Redbridge account to complete the application. You will be taken to a screen to create or log in to a Redbridge account before the application form
  • You will need to pay a non-refundable £250 application and inspection fee


Apply for a dropped kerb


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