How Much Does It Cost To Drop A Kerb?
When you are getting quotes for the installation of a new driveway for your home, you may not have considered whether you will need to have a dropped kerb installed. This will be needed if you change the position of an old driveway, or you are installing a brand new one instead.
It is a longer and more complicated process than you might expect, and the cost may make you think twice – but it is almost always worthwhile doing.
Note that if you drive across the pavement without a dropped kerb in place, you are technically breaking the law – so you will always need a dropped kerb to use your new driveway.
With the above in mind, we’ve compiled the following guide to dropping a kerb, including what it offers, planning demands, and the associated costs of this project. Let’s begin!
Why Might I Need A Dropped Kerb?
Almost all dropped kerbs are added to homes due to the installation of a new driveway or the replacement of an old one.
It is very common these days for the front gardens of homes to be paved over to accommodate cars. This is due to the high cost of permit parking and the lack of available space.
You may have decided to add a new driveway and need just one kerb dropped. Alternatively, your driveway may be the type that sweeps across the front garden and has an entrance and an exit. In this case, you will need two dropped kerbs.
You may also want to add a dropped kerb to make access to your home easier if you have children or are disabled and need wheelchair access.
This can mean that a dropped kerb is put in place even if you don’t have a driveway at all, and can, in many instances, be added for free. Contact your council if you are disabled, and need easier access to your home.
You may also simply need to extend your current dropped kerb if you feel it’s too short for your needs.
The average dropped kerb means that around five kerb sections will be removed and dropped. The pavement is also usually graded slightly to make it easier to drive across
Installing A Dropped Kerb: 5 Step Process
Your driveway contractor will identify that you need a dropped kerb right at the start of the quotation process. They should be able to help you with the process, and give you all the relevant advice. But generally speaking, this is how the project will run:
● The first step is always to get a contractor on board who understands your needs for your driveway, and to advise on the dropped kerb process. The council may need to approve your contractor for the dropped kerb work, if they are wanting to take it on.
● You will then need to apply for planning permission from your council. This is likely to involve a fee that is non-refundable. You will also need to pay for their contractor if they insist you use them.
● The council may approve your application without a site visit, but it is likely that they will need to come and have a look at the proposal. This is because the site of the dropped kerb could have implications for the road traffic and pedestrians.
● There may also be issues with the pathway and its strength or pipework or cables that are underneath.These will need to be strengthened and the area covered in new tarmac to allow the regular passing of heavy vehicles over it.
● Once approved the council may insist that you use their contractors to complete the work. They may decide that it is ok for your contractor to complete it, but with an inspection afterwards.
If planning permission is refused, you can appeal or decide to change the location of your driveway to the other side of the house or even the back garden
Do I Always Need Planning Permission?
You will always need the approval of your local council before installing a dropped kerb. This is because the pathways and kerbs are almost always owned by the council and not the homeowner.
There are always implications to other road users and pedestrians for this type of work, so the council need to be aware.
Getting planning permission for your dropped kerb is never just a formality. In fact, it can be a long and arduous process, and may not be approved. In many cases, the process of changing a front garden to a driveway is considered a change of use and so this involves additional planning permission.
You may also need planning to ensure that adequate drainage is in place before you proceeed.
Planning permission may not be approved if the proposed kerb is near a junction, traffic lights, or has low visibility; bear in mind that you can get into big trouble if you go ahead and do the work without permission-it’s not worth taking the risk.
This can be classed as criminal damage, and only approved contractors are allowed to carry out this work. No matter what the contractor tells you, you always need to check with the council beforehand.
Getting a new driveway may sound like it is hard work and expensive, but the value added to your home really can make the work worthwhile!
How Much Can I Expect To Pay?
It will usually cost around £1000 to drop a single kerb, although this does vary depending on the local council. This is split into around £300 for the materials, £650 for the tradesmen, and around £50 for the removal of waste.
It’s important to bear in mind that this is an average cost; some councils charge as much as £1700. The price is also determined by the following 5 factors as well:
Factor No.1: The Location:
If the road is busy it will cost more as the roadway may need to be partially closed for a short period or it may be more difficult to get material to the site.
Factor No.2: The Width Of The Pavement:
Wider pavements will require more strengthening work and will need more tarmac to cover them. This will take more time and therefore cost more.
Factor No.3: The Location Of Pipes And Cables:
If the new driveway is going to go over existing pipes and cables, these will need to be strengthened to ensure there is no damage from being driven over.
Factor No.4: The Length Of The Kerb Needed:
If your driveway is double width, you will need to pay more. Equally, if you are simply extending the length of an existing kerb, it will cost less.
Factor No.5: The Contractor You Choose:
You may find that you pay more if you use the council contractor, but for peace of mind this may help you to know that the work is being carried out to the correct specifications.
If the council has to inspect the work of another contractor that they do not approve, you may have to pay an additional inspection fee.
With around 20% added to the value of a home with a beautiful entrance and off road parking, you can make your home more saleable and save yourself cash in parking fees too. Simply call 0800 1700 636, or click the button below to get started with your driveway renovation project today!