Cost to Drop a Kerb – A Price Guide

Welcome to Quotation Check – The UK’s leading guide to building costs and charges. This page is all about lowering kerbs for access to a driveway. We last updated this page on the . Don’t forget; this is just of many helpful cost guides on our site. Check out our full price list here.

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.

You may be able to get the kerb dropped for free or at considerable discount if it’s for wheelchair access to your property.
Dropped kerb costs

Key Factors

The key factors affecting the price are:

  • Location
  • 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.

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.

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.

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

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6 Responses to “Cost to Drop a Kerb – A Price Guide”

  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

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