Beware the off-street parking charges postcode lottery

31 January 2017

We’re all familiar with the term ‘postcode lottery’ when it comes to school catchment areas, but have you ever thought about it through the lens of off-street parking costs?

Research from Direct Line Home Insurance shows that homeowners who wish to lower the kerb outside their property to allow access for their vehicles face a huge variance in application costs depending on where they live.


Charges range from being free if you’re governed by Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council’s to £267.50 if Dorset County Council is in charge.

Bromley Council charges £100 while within London, Wandsworth Council requires £45, but Richmond-upon-Thames charges £210. The average cost across the whole of the UK is £66.

These numbers come after figures show that in 2015 there were 42,281 applications for a dropped kerb - an increase of 13,000 between 2013 and 2015 - of which 29,587 were approved, according to Direct Line’s research.


Some councils will offer a full or partial refund if your application is rejected, such as Coventry and Cambridge, but others won’t give you a penny back if you’re turned down. 
The insurer adds that in total, £2.9 million was raised for local councils throughout 2015 though dropped kerb applications.

The biggest earner was Kent County Council, which earned over £404,000 from this revenue source, with Surrey County Council coming in second, with its coffers increased by £191,411.

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