Last updated:
18 September 2017

Access protection lines

Request an advisory white line on the road to highlight the presence of a driveway or access.

1 Overview

Access protection lines (APLs) are white 'H' shaped lines, painted onto the road to draw attention to a driveway or access. 

They are intended to keep a vehicle access clear of parked vehicles and are not designed to improve the amount of room that is available to turn into or out of your property. If approved, the line will only be marked from the dropped kerbs either side of the access. They will not be extended to prevent parking outside of this area.

These lines are advisory only, and have no legal standing. They are, however, useful in preventing the persistent obstruction of driveways and entrances to properties.

An APL will wear away over time and, as these road markings only provide protection for a private access, they are not maintained as part of routine road maintenance. When it fades a request for refurbishment will need to be made.

2 Apply

You must have a correctly constructed dropped kerb in place before you can submit an application.

The form can be used to request either a new APL or refurbishment of an existing line.

Apply for an access protection line

3 Fees

Installation and refurbishment both cost £146.88.

Once approved, we will contact you to request payment by debit/credit card.

4 What happens next?

A highway officer will check the suitability of the location and, if it meets the criteria, you will be invoiced.

Once we have received your payment it can take 6-8 weeks before the APL is painted. This type of work is weather dependent and therefore these times may vary slightly.

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