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Constructing your driveway

Please ensure that the kerb is dropped before you start to construct your driveway.

You must provide an off-highway parking depth of at least 5.5 metres (from the back edge of the footway to the front of your property) with direct access to the carriageway without causing safety concerns. The depth should be 6 metres if the access is in front of a garage.

Information and diagrams about building a driveway and having a dropped kerb constructed

Diagram showing dropped kerbs and driveways

We cannot grant consent where there are safety concerns due to:

  • poor visibility onto the road network
  • the point of access causing a danger
  • the construction would make an already difficult local parking situation more difficult

You must provide an off highway parking depth of at least 5.5 metres, or 6 metres if the access will be in front of a garage with direct access to the carriageway without causing safety concerns.

You may only park alongside your house when the area is within the curtilage of your property.

Your garden may contain manhole covers and stopcocks. Access to them is required at all times so they must not be covered over.

A simple but effective alternative to continuous surfacing is wheel strips formed by laying two lines of heavy duty paving slabs.


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.

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.


If there are trees near the proposed driveway, you must check 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. Please read the tree preservation order page for more information about this.

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