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Drop Kerbs in Gravesend

Permissions and Regulations for Driveways and Patios

When installing new driveways, patios, block paving and drop kerbs, work must adhere to relevant regulations and controls. While patios and drives often don’t need planning permission or building regulations approval, it’s vital to make sure your project in Gravesend meets requirements. For example, impermeable surfaces, such as tarmac drives, will need to include provisions for drainage. There are also size restrictions and access requirements to consider.

Having been operating as a groundworks and landscaping company since 2009, First highways has ample experience in the rules surrounding block paving, tarmac and other hardscape features.

Planning Permission

There are specific rules for homeowners who want to pave over their front gardens. These are in place to prevent flooding and to ensure safety.

If new or replacement driveways in Gravesend use permeable surface materials, such as gravel or permeable concrete block paving, you will not need planning permission. You also won’t need permission if a system is in place to direct rain water to a lawn or border where it can drain naturally.

However, if the surface you plan to cover is larger than 5 square metres and you choose impermeable materials that don’t allow for suitable water run-off, you will need planning permission. This includes traditional concrete and tarmac drives.

For other areas of your Gravesend property, there are no restrictions on how much land you can cover with hard surfaces, such as block paving, patios and paths. As a reputable landscaping company, we ensure all surfaces are functional, safe and hardwearing.

Drop Kerbs

If you need to lower a kerb to gain access to your property, you must obtain planning permission from the local council. In addition, only approved contractors can install drop kerbs.

First Highways is a Kent County Council approved installer, undertaking reliable kerb lowering and pavement strengthening services in Sittingbourne, Gravesend and the surrounding areas.

Building Regulations

In general, you don’t need building regulations approval for new driveways and patios, including paved and tarmac drives. However, any alterations must not negatively impact access to your property. For example, adding steps where there weren’t any before would go against regulations because steps will make the building less accessible.

The same rules apply for drop kerbs, but you must still have all relevant approvals from the local authority. In Gravesend and Kent, this includes planning permission from the district council planning department and approval from the county council.


As an experienced landscaping company, First Highways has extensive knowledge of driveway and patio materials, recommending the best option for your needs.

If you wish to build over your front garden without planning permission, it’s vital to choose acceptable, permeable materials. We advise on materials on a project by project basis, but popular options include gravel, permeable block paving and porous asphalt.

Get in touch with First Highways on 01795 471001 for expert advice and solutions for drop kerbs, driveways and other hardscape features in Gravesend and Kent.