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A vehicle crossing (also known as a dropped kerb or drop kerb)
is a strengthening of the highway to allow vehicles to pass
regularly over the footway or verge. Before applying you should
guidance and self assessment(pdf 2.96MB) document to
familiarise yourself with the criteria for having a crossing
To request a new vehicle crossing or alteration you can
download either the
VC1 application for permission to construct a vehicle crossing
(pdf 1.4MB) for the council's contractor to provide a quotation or
a private contractor
VC2 application for permission to construct a vehicle
crossing (pdf 1.35MB).
Report an illegally constructed vehicle crossing
How long will it take?
This varies depending on whether you need to have apparatus
moved or perhaps have work done to a tree that is close to the
area. For a straightforward application, it takes approximately two
to three months, as the council's contractor has 30 working days to
provide a quotation and 28 working days to do the work, once it has
the order. If you need planning permission, you should allow an
additional eight weeks for this to be determined. Please note that
the cost for Planning Permission is currently £172.
How much will it cost?
Unfortunately we are unable to give you an exact costing for the
construction of a vehicle crossing, as there are a number of
dependant factors, such as how big the crossing will be, whether it
will be constructed in tarmac or concrete and how wide the footpath
The person who requests the crossing must pay for all
construction costs, including planning consent (if required),
repositioning of lamp columns, signs and adjustment of service
boxes. If your property is an ex-council property, you may also
have to pay a fee to have any covenants removed allowing you to
park a vehicle within the boundary of your property.
Be aware that planning consent must be obtained for the
construction of crossings on to classified
roads (A, B, and C class roads) (pdf 301 KB) and in
Planning consent will also be required if you are proposing to
alter the levels of your garden to accommodate a hardstanding in
which to park your vehicle on. Before allowing any contractor to
construct a hardstanding within your property, you should ensure
that highways approval is granted for the provision of a vehicle
crossing otherwise you may find yourself paying for a hardstanding
that you are subsequently not able to use.
If you have a tree outside of your property, then highway
permission will not be given until a representative from the
Greenspaces Tree Team have also inspected the site to ensure the
tree falls outside of the permitted digging area. Highways officers
will liaise with the tree team on the applicants behalf.
Construction and extensions of vehicle crossings
A vehicle crossing can be built in one of three ways:
- The householder can ask the council to engage their
contractor, Volker Highways, to do the work. The householder
will be asked to pay the cost of the crossing plus an
administration fee. The current inspection fee is £145.00. This
process usually takes up to three weeks
- The householder can use their own contractor to do the work.
The householder will have to pay the council an inspection fee
charge which is currently £190.00. The contractor will need to be
accredited under the New
Roads and Street Works Act 1991 to work on the public
highway and have £5million public liability insurance cover.
The contractor must be on the council's
Approved List of Contractors to undertake vehicle crossing
works (pdf 192KB)
- The householder can ask the council to construct a crossing or
to extend an existing crossing while other major repairs or
resurfacing work is being carried out in the same street. This may
result in a reduced price for the crossing if the same contractor
is used. You will receive written notification if works are being
carried out in your street, giving you the opportunity to take
advantage of the works.
Extending or altering existing crossings can be carried out in
the same three ways.
The council also requires developers to construct a vehicle
crossing where one is needed for a new development. The developer
must gain permission from the Highway Network Management section
before carrying out the works.
Any new or extended vehicle crossing constructed on public
highway remains the responsibility of Medway Council.
Applicants should be aware that if there is a parking bay
outside of the property where they wish to have a vehicle crossing
constructed, an amendment will have to be made to the Traffic
Regulation Order where the white lines will be burnt off and
remarked, leaving the access to the new vehicle crossing clear. The
costs associated with doing this are chargeable and will be borne
by the applicant.