Application guidance notes - Vehicle dropped crossing (S184)

Next steps

Assessing your application

Once your Application Form has been received and the fee has been paid, East Sussex Highways will begin to carry out our assessment. Due to the high number of applications we receive, it can take up to 8 weeks to determine your application. You will receive a decision by email or post on or before the determination date already advised.


If your application is successful, we will issue you with a Vehicle Crossing Licence and retain the full application fee. The Licence is valid for 6 months and will detail our standard conditions and also any site-specific conditions for your contractor to note.

We will also supply you with a set of plans (stat plans) detailing the statutory undertakers’ and utilities’ apparatus in the vicinity. Your contractor will need these plans to assess whether or not the apparatus is affected by the works. In the unlikely event that the apparatus is affected then the cost of alterations or protection will be your sole responsibility.


In most instances applications are successful, but if your application is rejected, we will provide a statement of reasons for our decision along with a partial refund of 64% of the application fee. The refund will be made within 14 days of the determination date, and East Sussex Highways will contact to make the refund.

Reasons for refusal may include planning grounds, land ownership objections, local parking implications, safety implications such as poor sight lines at the proposed access point or the proposed access is close to a road hump, road safety feature etc.

Our decision as to whether the application is approved or refused is final and appeals will not be considered.