Footway Crossing applications

Bath & North East Somerset Council is responsible for maintaining public highway footways/pedestrian pavements. A crossing across a public footway, pavement or verge for your vehicle to gain access to your property from the highway is known as a "dropped kerb" crossover or a "footway crossing". It must be built to specific standards and approved by your Council. In some cases planning permission will also required.

This page covers the process of application to lower the kerb for vehicular access to your property.

If you require a lowered kerb for disabled access and egress to and from a section of footway, known as a Mobility Crossing, please contact Council_Connect@Bathnes.gov.uk.

Do you need Planning Permission or Listed Building consent?

If you are unsure whether you need planning permission for a dropped kerb, vehicular access to your property and a new hardstanding and you would like the written opinion of the Planning Department that formal planning permission is not required, please complete the dropped kerb application form (on the right).  You may require Listed Building Consent if you wish to remove or alter a wall, gate, railing or pillar at a listed property. This is a separate requirement from Planning Permission.  Again, please complete the form on the right.  Completing the form will provide you with written confirmation that your proposal can be undertaken under Permitted Development (PD) rights (without formal planning permission or listed building consent) and will be forwarded to the Highways team to process the dropped kerb.  If we advise you that planning permission or listed building consent is required, you will have to complete a full planning application and pay the relevant fee or listed building consent.  Only once permission has been granted will your details be forwarded to Highways to process the dropped kerb request.

For clarity, you will need formal planning permission if any of the following are applicable to your property:

- The dropped kerb will be installed on an A, B or C Class Road.  You can find out whether the road is classified here

- Your property is listed and you are going to create or alter a gate, wall, fence or railing within the curtilage of the listed building or the surrounding property

- Your property is within the Conservation Area of Bath and the works would include demolition or removal of a gate pillar, wall, fence or railing abutting the highway or a public open space

- Your property is within another Conservation Area and the works would include demolition of a gate, fence, wall or railing over 1m high abutting the highway or a public open space

- Your property is divided into flats or maisonettes

- You will need to carry out structural works or alter the ground level to create a hardstanding/parking area

- The hardstanding/parking area will not be constructed of permeable or porous material and / or no provision is to be made to direct water run-off to a permeable or porous area within the curtilage of the property

Making an application for a new dropped kerb

Please review the Highways Guidance Notes before submitting your application to ensure that you can meet the necessary requirements. (If your property is on Curo owned land you will also need to obtain their permission first.)

There is an administration fee of £192.80. This fee covers the PD check  by Planning Services (described above), a highways inspection and issue of licence (if approved). Once we have received the application we will telephone you to take debit or credit card payment over the phone.

A Council Highway Inspector will also make a site visit to determine if your application is suitable. Any difficulties with the access/egress of vehicles or obstacles e.g. a telegraph pole, will be noted at this point and you may be contacted by the Inspector.

The Council also contacts local utility companies to determine the location of underground utility apparatus which could be affected by the work. This information is provided to you if your application is approved.

You will receive written notification as to whether your application is successful.  You must not proceed with the work until you have received this. Please allow up to 4 weeks for your application to be completed This will be longer if formal planning permission is required.

If your application to drop the kerb is approved you will need to arrange to have the work done by a NRSWA (New Roads and Streetworks Act) accredited contractor. A list of suitable contractors within Bath & North East Somerset is provided here for reference. This work is done at your cost.

Making an application to alter an existing dropped kerb

This does not require a check by planning services.  Complete the application form which you can download from this page.

There is an administration fee of £141. This fee covers a Highways inspection and issue of licence (if approved). Once we have received the application we will telephone you to take debit or credit card payment over the phone.

A Council Highway Inspector will undertake a site visit to determine if your application is suitable. Any difficulties with the access/egress of vehicles or obstacles e.g. a telegraph pole, will be noted at this point and you may be contacted by the Inspector.

The Council also contacts local utility companies to determine the location of underground utility apparatus which could be affected by the work. This information is provided to you if your application is approved.

You will receive written notification as to whether your application is successful.  You must not proceed with the work until you have received this. Please allow up to 4 weeks for your application to be completed.

If your application is approved you will need to arrange to have the work done by a NRSWA (New Roads and Streetworks Act)  accredited contractor. A list of suitable contractors within Bath & North East Somerset is provided here for reference. This work is done at your cost. Before the works commence you must advise the Council of your contractor details. Your contractor must also notify us of the completion date using the Contractor Completion Form.

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