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Are you looking to drop a kerb for any of the following reasons?
- Extend an existing dropped kerb for domestic vehicle access.
- A new dropped kerb for domestic vehicle access.
- Dropping a kerb for industrial vehicle access.
- A new dropped kerb for wheelchair access.
The cost to drop/lower a kerb will vary greatly as you first need permission from your local council. There may be a non-refundable application fee and in some cases a fixed fee for one of their approved contractors to carry out the work.
Some councils will allow you to choose your own contractor to complete the work once permission has been granted. You might be given a list of approved contractors to choose from and get quotes.
The key factors affecting the price are:
- Number of kerbs to be dropped
- Width of pavement
- Whether you want to extend an existing dropped kerb or have a new installation
Planning Permission For Kerb Dropping
Depending on the circumstances, you may have some hurdles to overcome with planning permission. Listed buildings will almost certainly be held up by the planning application process. Also, if you are converting a garden to a driveway then this could be classed as “change of use” and will require additional planning permission consideration.
The type of road adjacent to the kerb is also a factor in planning permission.
Cost/Price Examples to Drop a Kerb
As the purpose of this website is to provide price examples for various building jobs, we have created a table based on averages.
We do however strongly suggest you contact your local council and get a firm cost/quote. The prices below should be seen as ballpark only.
We have assumed the following; a new installation, 5 dropped kerbs, path width less than 2 metres and located on a quiet road outside of towns/cities.
|South, SW and Midlands||£1000.00|
|Outer Region and North||£950.00|
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What Work is Involved With Dropping a Kerb?
Before any work begins the utility companies will be contacted to see if they have cables or pipes underneath the pavement. An on-site inspection is then carried out. The surveyor will look for health and safety issues and also check for the actual location of any drains, cables and pipes etc.
The kerb and path will then be excavated, any utilities (pipes cables etc) will be reinforced so they can cope with the weight of vehicles.
The new dropped and splayed kerbs are then fitted and the area is then covered in tarmac.
How Long will The Work Take?
The work is usually completed over several days. Different contractors may be used to complete different parts of the job; excavation, installation of the kerbs and filling in/tarmacing.
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