Cost of Dropping a Kerb
Price guide for dropping kerbs
If you looking to drop a kerb for domestic vehicle access then the price will vary and depend on your location and the local council policy. Because the pavement essentially belongs to the local council, you will have to pay them a non-refundable application fee and in most cases either use one of their approved contractors to carry out the work, often for a fixed fee. But some council authorities will allow you to choose your own contractor or even do it yourself once permission has been granted.
However, the most common response is to be given a list of approved contractors which you must choose from, but every council has different a different policy! If you can choose your own contractor, then please use our free service to gather quotes from local, reputable builders. Not only is it free but it only takes a few minutes and you can then have local tradesmen getting in touch to provide quotations in no time!
Typical quotes for dropping kerbs
|Job Description||Duration||Material Cost||Labour Cost|
|Cost to drop 2 kerbs||2 days||£100||£250|
|Cost to drop 3 kerbs||3 days||£150||£375|
|Cost to drop 4 kerbs||3-4 days||£200||£500|
|Cost to drop 5 kerbs||4 days||£270||£625|
All of the above costs and durations are averages only and will vary depending upon location, complexity of job, etc.
Things to consider with dropping kerbs
There are a number of key factors which will affect the price you will be quoted for dropping kerbs. First of all, the location. Each council has their own pricing structure which you are essentially stuck with, so the fixed prices quoted vary all over the UK! Obviously, the size of the job will have an impact on the cost too, so the number of kerbs to be lowered and the width of pavement need to be taken into account.
If you are converting a garden to a driveway then this could require planning permission in some cases which will bump up the price and the time taken for the project. Once an application has been processed then the council will arrange an on-site inspection to check for any cables and pipes that might be underneath the pavement. This might then involve reinforcement of some kind to protect the services from the weight of cars driving over the pavement, which will also increase the cost of the works.
Doing it Yourself
While it may be possible to drop the kerbs yourself as a DIY project, you still need to contact your local Council. But in the vast majority of cases, your local council will either insist on doing the job using their own employees or will only allow you to choose contractors from their approved list. So in reality, you will probably not be able to drop your kerb as a DIY project. What you can do, however, is build your own driveway, though even this work will need approval from the local authority.
Dropping Kerbs Checklist
- The local council owns the kerb
- You need permission before getting any work done
- Often have to use the council workforce for the job
- Any contractors need to be approved by council
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.