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Dropped Kerbs

The Highways Act 1980 states that vehicles shouldn’t be driven over the pavement unless a vehicle crossing (dropped kerb) is installed to prevent damage to the pavement and anything underneath it, ETM Contractors Ltd are a licenced contractor and have the required accreditation and liability insurance to carry out these works for properties in Bristol/South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

I am interested in a Dropped Kerb – I live in South Gloucestershire or North Somerset

If your property is in South Gloucestershire please visit their website:
http://www.southglos.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/roads-highways-and-pavements/dropped-kerbs/
http://www.southglos.gov.uk//documents/How-to-apply-what-happens-next-1.pdf
South Gloucestershire Council 01454 868004

If your property is in North Somerset please visit their website:
http://www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/parking-travel-roads/parking/dropped-kerbs/about-dropped-kerbs/
North Somerset Council 01934 622 669

I am interested in a Dropped Kerb and live in Bristol

If the garden is to be ‘hard paved’ – tarmac or concrete you need to check whether planning permission is required:

https://www.bristol.gov.uk/planning-and-building-regulations/make-a-pre-application-enquiry

If your property is on a ‘classified road’ i.e main thoroughfare/bus route/traffic calming/near a school or hospital you need to check whether planning permission is required:

https://www.bristol.gov.uk/planning-and-building-regulations/make-a-pre-application-enquiry

  • Bristol City Council 01179 223000

I would like a quote for a Dropped Kerb

It is advisable that you always check with your local council that you can proceed with a dropped kerb before applying for a quote.
To apply for a quote please complete in full the Dropped Kerb Quote form and submit – add a photo of the footpath and if possible a simple drawing.

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Frequently asked questions

  1. As a rule a single dropped kerb is 3 x lower kerbs/1 x left hand/1 x right hand transition (slanted) kerb.
    A double dropped kerb is 5 x lower kerbs/1 x left hand/1 x right hand transition kerb.
  2. Dimensions of the “Internal Works” (Driveway) must be at least 6m x 3m (↨ driving straight onto the driveway) or 4.8m x 2.4m (↔ parallel parking).

  3. Quotes are free and take 14/21 days.
  4. Quotes are valid for 3 months.
  5. If you live in Bristol on acceptance of a quote, ETM will on your behalf apply for an excavation licence from Bristol City Council. This takes up to 28 days.
  6. The excavation licence costs £250 and is payable on acceptance of the quote, this charge is non-refundable.  An inspector from Bristol City Council will visit your property (increase w.e.f. 1/4/17).
  7. ETM apply to the utility suppliers to your property for an Ordnance Survey Map – this is the check whether there are pipes/cables under the footpath that the contractor needs to know about before excavating the footpath. This takes up to 28 days.
  8. Full payment (inc. VAT) will be required before any works commence, an invoice will be raised.
  9. If you live in Bristol before any work can commence the site must be clear of all obstructions and the ‘Internal Works’ (driveway) must be completed.
  10. If you live in South Gloucestershire or North Somerset ETM will require a colour copy of the permission and plans before any works can commence and the site must be clear of all obstructions and unless specifically quoted for any walls, fences, hedges must be removed including all footings and roots.
  11. You can pay be cash/cheque/credit or debit card (please note there is a 2% charge on credit cards). For credit/debit card payments ETM will call you direct from a dedicated payment line.
  12. The actual build takes 3 – 5 days
  13. All quotes are to the specification of the relevant council.
  14. The construction of a dropped kerb remains part of the public highway and does not give the resident any legal right of ownership to the land or license to police that crossing in any way. However, a dropped kerb does provide full acceptable rights to drive across the footway/highway land to gain access to your property.
  15. All dropped kerbs are guaranteed for 12 months, after that the maintenance is the responsibility of your local council.