Permission is required from the Council for a dropped kerb or vehicle crossing access.
This is to ensure that it will be located in a safe location, it will be safe to use and it will be constructed in a safe manner, using suitable materials. Further details can be found in the dropped crossing policy (PDF 217Kb).
Please note that the Council do not normally permit vehicle dropped crossings where:
- the depth of the driveway is less than 4.8m per vehicle i.e. the entire length of the vehicle must be on the drive and not overhang onto the footway
- the width of the driveway is less than 2.4m at any point i.e. to ensure the vehicle can completely park on the drive and not overhang onto the footway
- the kerb length must not exceed 5.4m (excluding the transition kerbs- a transition kerb is shaped in order to link the standard height kerb to the dropped kerb)
- the gradient of the drive must not exceed 10%
Planning permission is not always required, however, planning permission is required if:
- the access is to be constructed on a classified road. Find out if your road is classified by viewing our list of classified highways in Stockport (PDF 96kb)
- the access is for a commercial (non-domestic building) or apartment building
- the property is in a Conservation Area – please see the conservation area maps page
- the property is listed – please see the listed buildings page
- the drive is greater than 5m square in area and is a non-permeable construction
If planning permission is required, this should be obtained before making an application for a vehicle dropped crossing. Further details on whether planning permission is required can be obtained from the check if you need planning permission page.