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Since August 2009 Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) have been enforcing vehicular obstruction of dropped kerbs.

Access Markings

Residents and businesses can apply for a white “H-bar” access marking to be painted at the entrance to their property.

This does not alter the enforceability of your dropped kerb, but does help drivers to avoid parking inappropriately in the first place.

In addition to administrative costs and the painting itself, each site has to be visited to ensure that the marking is appropriate and to determine its correct positioning. This means we have to charge an application fee of £30 for an engineer to carry out a site inspection and decide whether to approve your request.

If your application is successful, a payment of £85 must be made to cover the cost of carrying out the works

Completion of lining works is subject to staff and contractors' availability and workload, and factors beyond the control of Stevenage Borough Council such as weather conditions, so can take several months.

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Dropped kerbs

Dropped kerbs are those which allow vehicles to enter property adjacent to the public highway and those that are at pedestrian crossing points on the highway.

A vehicle causes an obstruction if any wheel is adjacent to the transition kerb (the sloping kerb which joins the full height kerb to the dropped kerb level with the road surface) or the dropped kerb, for which they can be issued a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

Anyone wishing to report a dropped kerb obstruction can contact 01279 502039 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and you will be able to speak to someone in the Parking Office.

For out of hours between 5pm and 8pm Monday to Friday, and between 9am and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays you can contact 01279 655261. You will be asked some questions to check the criteria for issuing a PCN are met, before a CEO is sent to help (provided one is available).

Please note that CEOs do not have the power to remove vehicles.

The penalty charge for the offence is £70 reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days.