Somerset County Council

Dropped kerbs and driveways


Important changes to the processing of licence applications

We have recently reviewed the cost of licence fees for applications to work on the highway and for the provision of vehicle crossings over footways and verges. The review confirmed the cost of the licence fees have not kept pace with the costs for administration. Regrettably this is currently unsustainable. As such, the fees will be raised as detailed below.

From 1 January 2019 the following charges will apply to:

  • Application for “minor works on/adjacent to the public highway” (Highways Act 1980, Section 171 Licence) - £232 (was £90)
  • Application for a vehicle crossings over footways and verges (Highways Act 1980, Section 184 Licence) - £218 (was £90)

We will also be making a number of improvements to the way we process licences. They can now be applied for and paid for online making it quicker and easier to work on the highway network.

You can apply for a Dropped Vehicle Crossing (also known as a dropped kerb) using the button below

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Important changes to the processing of licence applications
Since 1 January 2016 we no longer publish a list of Accredited Contractors on our website. For us to process an application you must supply certain information. You can find out what needs to be supplied with each application form on this page.

Important changes to the processing of highway applications - letter

Anyone who wants to make a driveway onto their property (a dropped kerb) will need approval from us as the Highway Authority. This approval takes the form of a Section 184 Licence. 

Please contact your District Council Planning Department before you contact us, to find out if you need planning permission to create a vehicle access. If required, you must get this before you submit an application.

If the work requires piping, culverting or obstructs an ordinary watercourse, whether permanent or temporary, it is a legal requirement under section 23 of the Land Drainage Act to seek consent from the relevant authority. 

You can find more information on our Consent to work on an ordinary watercourse page. 

Anyone who wants to form an access which crosses a footway or a grass verge will need the approval of the Highway Authority and this approval takes the form of a Section 184 Licence. 

If the access is onto an unclassified road, planning permission may not be required but the applicant should always check with their local District Council Planning Department. 

Access to any other class of road requires planning permission.

To find out the classification of a road you need to contact the Road Records Section.

We ensure that accesses on to the highway are constructed in compliance with our safety standards and that the work is carried out by contractors accredited to work on the highway.

Please note: we cannot take responsibility for the availability of the accredited contractors to either undertake works or provide a service.

We will then send an acknowledgement letter to confirm your application. Please note you will not be able to start work until you have received a permit.

We will process your submitted application and either issue a permit where appropriate or explain a refusal.

Please note that due to external consultation with Utility Companies this process can take up to 3 months. 

The contractor will have to complete the work before a given expiry date. If the works have not been substantially completed before the expiry date, a new application must be made. A Section 184 Licence runs for three months.

We will inspect the works and issue a certificate of compliance on completion and make sure the works do not conflict with any other work planned in the same location by other contractors.


Contact: Roads and Transport Team
Phone: 0300 123 2224
Opening Hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed.

If there is an urgent problem outside these hours and it is a risk to public safety please phone the police on 101.

If you need to visit a highway area office you can find the address of your local office here.

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