With increased problems of parking, many residents now wish to park their vehicles off the highway and within their own property. To do this you need to construct a vehicle crossing to allow you to drive over the pavement.

In order to create a crossing for your drive, the following requirements must be met:

  1. You must have a licence from us and use a qualified contractor to complete the works.
  2. Planning must be consulted. Some crossovers and property alterations will require planning approval. If you are renting the property, the landlord must be contacted prior to any alterations.
  3. There must be an area of at least 6.0 x 3.2m available for parking off the Public Highway.
Vehicle Crossing Guidance
Guidance on the licence application and construction requirements of a vehicle crossing in Torbay.

Please be aware that driving across a pavement without having a crossover in place is an offence and can lead to an investigation.


The persons working in the highway must complete the licence and be appropriately qualified and insured. The licence application also contains a construction specification that must be followed.

  Download a vehicle crossing licence application

We must receive the licence application at least 7 days before works commence on site.

Every licence application must be completed in full with payment and all relevant and current details supplied. Licences not meeting these criteria will not be authorised and will be immediately returned.


The fee for a licence application is £135.30. This is payable before the application will be considered.

Additional random inspections of each site may be carried out. If the site is found not to comply with the conditions of the licence an additional charge of £90.20 will be issued.

When choosing a contractor to undertake the works for you, they must hold a current certificate demonstrating a competent knowledge of Chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual and a minimum Public Liability Insurance of £5,000,000. It is the applicants responsibility to determine the appropriate level of cover.

Your contractor then applies to us for the licence and in completing the application, agrees to comply with the our terms and conditions. A full construction specification will be supplied with the licence and must be adhered to.

Our partner contractor TOR2 can provide this service for you and can be contacted on 01803 701310 for further information.