Modify a Footpath to allow Vehicular Access
If you need to modify a footpath to allow vehicles to enter or exit your property, you must first apply to Road Maintenance Services for permission.
This type of modification is called a ‘vehicular dishing’.
Apply for 'vehicular dishing'
To apply for a vehicular dishing, please follow these steps:
Step 1: Get planning permission (or sworn affidavit)
You need planning permission to create a new dishing or to modify (e.g. widen) an existing vehicular dishing at the entrance to your property.
Find out how to apply for planning permission.
For properties with an existing vehicular entrance:
If the vehicular entrance to your property has been in existence for seven or more years and you are seeking permission to retain it, you must obtain a sworn affidavit instead of planning permission. This affidavit must certify that the entrance has been used for vehicle access for at least 7 years. Where a sworn affidavit is provided, the width of the dishing provided by Road Maintenance Services shall be a maximum of 3.6m.
Note: A 'sworn affidavit' is a letter of declaration signed and witnessed by a solicitor or a peace commissioner.
Step 2: Contact us to apply for dishing
Once you have planning permission or a sworn affidavit, contact Road Maintenance Services. An inspector will then arrange to call out to do an inspection and give you a quote for the vehicular dishing.
Charges for vehicular dishing
- €611.60 total for a standard domestic vehicular dishing (up to 7 square metres in size)
- €87.40 per square metre for larger domestic vehicular dishings
- An extra charge is applied if granite kerbs or other specialist materials are needed. In these circumstances the extra charges can be significant. Charges for work on granite kerbs are in the order of €200 per linear metre and specialist paving charges, which depend on the type of material and location, can range between €200 - €500 per square metre
Step 3 : Works will proceed
We will arrange for work to begin at an appropriate time.
If there is a tree and/or grass margin present, Parks and Landscape Services should be contacted at [email protected] to arrange an inspection.