Vehicle access - dropped kerbs
A crossover is an area of lowered pavement and kerb which is used to give access to vehicles from a road, across the pavement, and onto a driveway or parking area.
If you drive over a footway, such as a pavement, to get to your driveway and you do not have a dropped kerb you are breaking the law. You should therefore have the kerb dropped before you construct your driveway.
Please ensure that the crossover is constructed before you start to construct your driveway.
You must provide an off-highway parking depth of at least 5 metres with direct access to the carriageway without causing safety concerns.
For information about building a driveway and having a dropped kerb constructed please read our information leaflet (PDF, 185kb).
If your driveway has already been constructed, please ensure the path edgings between the footway and driveway have not been removed. If the edgings are removed, the council will replace them at a cost to you.
What to check before applying for a crossover
If the road you require access from is on a classified road (A, B, C or D) you will require planning permission before applying for the kerb to be lowered. You can check whether a road is classified on the find your nearest map.
Please note that obtaining planning permission can take time. You are advised to obtain planning permission prior to completing your application form for vehicle access. See our How to make a planning application page for more information.
Land ownership and permission
If you don’t own the land you must provide evidence that you have consent from the owner to cross the land.
Tenant - you will need to contact your landlord to obtain permission to allow a vehicle to park on the land concerned. If you are a Bracknell Forest Homes tenant permission must be given by your housing officer in writing. For private tenants, permission must be given by the landlord in writing.
Owner of an ex-council house - your property is likely to be the subject to a condition (called a covenant) which currently prevents cars being parked on the property. If you live in an ex Bracknell Forest Council property or Bracknell Forest Homes property, you need to contact Neighbourhood Services at Bracknell Forest Homes on 01344 382800 to have the Restrictive Covenant relaxed. Proofs must be submitted within 8 weeks of completing your application - there is extra cost involved with this.
Owner of an ex-council house (but not the garden) - some council house sale agreements were provided for the council to retain ownership of the land. If your agreement is written in this way, you need to contact Bracknell Forest Homes on 01344 382800 to arrange for the purchase of the land. Please be aware that this may also require planning permission and would involve you in additional charges.
Constructing your driveway
Materials - if your driveway has a natural fall to the public highway it must be constructed of a permeable material, which allows water to filter without running onto the highway. If your driveway is to be constructed of a non-permeable material you will need to contact the council’s planning team for permission.
Trees - if there are trees near the proposed driveway, you must contact the council’s Tree Service to find out whether there is a tree preservation order or restrictive covenant on the trees or if your proposed works will interfere with the existing root system. You can email the Tree Service at email@example.com.
Using your own contractor
If you would like to arrange for work to be carried out through a private contractor, an inspection must still take place with the council’s highways inspector and all relevant documentation received in this office prior to any permissions being granted.
The own contractor form (PDF, 105kb) must also be completed and returned along with proofs of insurance documentation (Public Liability £5,000,000 min) and Street Works Accreditation to a supervisory level within 2 weeks of the application form being submitted. A section 184 licence will be issued by the Highway Asset Management Team and the contractor will then have to apply for a street works permit with the council's Highway Network Management Team at extra cost.
If you have manhole covers and stopcocks, these must not be covered and this can increase costs and the length of time taken.
|Application fee if using council's contractor (standard vehicle access) - includes one inspection
|Application fee if using own contractor
|Application fee for property developer or commercial vehicle access
|Additional inspection visits to site (where necessary)*
|Estimated price for standard 5.6m x 1.8m
||Starts at around £950
|Lowering of BT box (if necessary)**
|Works on water stop covers
||Included in our price
* If you use the council's contractor only one inspection is usually necessary, which is included in the application fee of £89.10.
** As this is private apparatus, we cannot carry out the work ourselves and have to obtain a cost for the works from the utility company.
You need to pay for the application and onsite inspection when you apply. You can pay online or, alternatively, you can pay by cheque (payable to Bracknell Forest Council) and send it to us within 2 weeks of completing your application.
What happens next
If you feel your circumstances are suitable for a dropped kerb please contact us on 01344 352000 to discuss this. Alternatively you can use our enquiry form - if you do this please ensure you include your full address and contact details. We will then be able to compile an application pack for you to complete.
Any failure to meet the requirements of this application including incomplete forms and missing information may significantly delay or void the application process. Any consents or changes in covenant which may be required, should be obtained prior to completing the application process and proof returned within 8 weeks to prevent cancellation of the application.
Site visits and quotation
Once a site visit has been carried out we will issue a quotation along with a photograph indicating the work to be carried out. There is no payment plan for this service. Payment in full is required prior work commencing.
The inspection can take up to 12 weeks once the application fee and all relevant paperwork has been received.