How Much Does it Cost to Lower a Kerb and Pavement For Driveway Access?

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Are you looking to drop a kerb for any of the following reasons?

  • To extend an existing dropped kerb for domestic vehicle access.
  • A new lowered kerb for domestic vehicle access.
  • Dropping a kerb for industrial vehicle access.
  • A new dropped kerb for wheelchair access.

The price to drop/lower a kerb will vary and depends on where you live.

Because the pavement belongs to the local council, you may need to pay a non-refundable application fee and in some cases a fixed fee for one of their approved contractors to carry out the work.

Some council authorities will allow you to choose your own contractor to complete the work once permission has been granted. Or, you might be given a list of approved contractors to choose from. Every council has different a different policy, we know because we contacted many of them.

You should be able to lower a kerb for free or at a considerable discount if it’s for wheelchair access to your property.

Dropped kerb costs

Key Factors Affecting the Price

The key factors affecting the price are:

  • Location
  • The number of kerbs to be lowered
  • The width of pavement
  • Whether you want to extend an existing dropped kerb or require a new one

Do You Need to Get Planning Permission For Kerb Lowering?

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 as road safety is a key factor.

What Work is Involved With Dropping a Kerb?

The first step is an on-site inspection, this involves checking for cables and pipes that might be located under the pavement. These might need some form of reinforcement to protect them from the weight of cars travelling over the pavement.

The area is then excavated.

The new dropped and splayed kerbs are then fitted and the area is then covered in tarmac.

How Long Should The Work Take?

The work is usually completed over several days. Different contractors may be deployed at different times to complete different parts of the job; excavation, installation of the kerbs and filling in/tarmacing.

How Much Does it Cost to Lower a Kerb?

As the purpose of this website is to provide price examples for various building jobs, we have created a table based on an average of the prices we sourced.

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.

London Area£1100.00
South, SW and Midlands£1000.00
Outer Region and North£950.00

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12 Responses to “How Much Does it Cost to Lower a Kerb and Pavement For Driveway Access?”

  1. Kairi GainsboroughMarch 15, 2016 at 2:00 am #

    Thanks for the advice on dropping a kerb. We want to extend our driveway, so the kerb will need to be lowered so our cars can drive up. I didn’t know I need to get permission first, so that is really great advice. I’ll contact the council to see what the rules are where I live.

  2. fallon lewisMay 23, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

    We would like to drop the kind infront of our property so that we can park in our garden. We have rang our local council & they have said we don’t need to get any special permission we just got to go through them to get it done… is this true or can we get any contractor to do the job because the quote they have us seems a bit high. Thanx

    • QuotationCheck AdminMay 24, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

      Each council will have separate rules regarding lowering of kerbs, some will allow you to choose your own contractor. Other councils insist that you use their pre approved contractors. If you want to get your own contractors to do the work I would suggest that you get a letter from the council confirming you are allowed to do that, I wouldn’t rely on advice given over the phone. Best to get clarification from your council, in writing.

  3. fallon lewisMay 23, 2016 at 8:40 pm #

    We would like to drop the kurb infront of our property so that we can park in our garden. We have rang our local council & they have said we don’t need to get any special permission we just got to go through them to get it done… is this true or can we get any contractor to do the job because the quote they have us seems a bit high. Thanx

  4. J SmithJune 18, 2016 at 7:46 pm #

    Hi, I know you say that prices can vary by quite a bit but we have a quote of £1500 to drop kerbs and replace the pavement with Tarmac, covering an area of 6.5m by 1.8m. Do you think this is in line with some of the quotes you were given or is it a bit higher than you’d expect? We live in the south.
    Many thanks.

  5. JudeOctober 16, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    Hi we live in a quiet street in hessle east yorkshire and want to drop the curb at the front of our house to park on the front garden could you give us a rough price please

  6. Ms T MasonJune 16, 2018 at 10:07 am #

    Price of drop kerb on C111 Rd, Chesterfield please

  7. Garry AlexanderJune 28, 2018 at 7:23 am #

    I have permission to have one side of my drive widend it is 4 kerbs can you give me a price

  8. KevinFebruary 17, 2019 at 6:51 pm #

    I have permission to extend my current drop kerb on my driveway – I have a specification and am ready for quotes and appoint a contractor – the job in essence requires 3.5 kerbs to be modified – the pathway is 1.8M with the Estimate being 7 sq m of tarmac – there is consideration for a water meter but it is not on the path of a vehicle – I can send the spec to any interested parties

  9. S WhittleApril 25, 2019 at 7:39 am #

    Drop kerb / Driveway extension.
    Drop Kerb: Excavate footpath and dispose of waste. Lay 2x Ramp kerbs and 5x 6×5 road kerbs. Lay flatop edging kerbs to define driveway and council footpath. Lay type 1 sub base and compact. Lay 20mm tarmac followed by 6mm topping and compact to finish. Driveway extension: Excavate ground, dispose of waste. Lay type 1 sub-base followed by concrete. Overlay concrete and finish with tarmac

  10. Hannah FarishMay 21, 2019 at 3:31 pm #

    we want to drop the kerb outside our houses we live in Woodville Derbyshire how much does it roughly cost

  11. Tom HallJuly 10, 2019 at 5:03 pm #

    I live on Vaudrey Drive, Cheadle Hulme, SK85LR. I have recently had my driveway extended and require 6 kerbs lowering. Is there someone that can do this cheaper than the council.

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