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This page is all about lowering kerbs and pavements to provide 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.
Key Factors Affecting the Price
The key factors affecting the price are:
- 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.
|South, SW and Midlands||£1000.00|
|Outer Region and North||£950.00|
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