Request an access protection line

How to request a white road line to draw attention to a driveway or where access is needed.

1 Overview

Access protection lines (APLs) are white 'H' shaped lines intended to prevent persistent obstruction of driveways and entrances to properties by parked vehicles.

However, they are:

  • only advisory and have no legal standing
  • not designed to improve the amount of room that is available to turn into or out of your property.

If approved, the lines 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.

APLs wear away over time. As they only provide protection for a private access, they are not maintained as part of routine road maintenance. When they fade you will need to ask for them to be repainted.

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 each 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.

Last updated:
3 May 2018

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