Access Protection Line (APL)

An Access Protection Line (APL) is a white road marking painted on the road in front of a properly constructed dropped kerb to highlight the presence of an access.

An APL is an advisory marking and is not legally enforceable.

A dropped kerb is enforceable regardless of whether an APL is marked on the road. If you want to report a vehicle parking over your dropped kerb, such that you are unable to exit onto the highway, please call our Parking Office on 0300 555 0705.

On receipt of your complaint arrangements can be made for a Civil Enforcement Officer, if available, to visit the area to assess if a Penalty Charge Notice should be issued to the vehicle.


There is a non-returnable fee of £120 for processing your application. If you qualify, the road marking itself is painted free of charge.

Repainting of existing Access Protection Line

Road lining is refreshed routinely by Hampshire County Council when the road surface is re-dressed or repaired. However, if repainting of a faded APL is required by the householder then this will be processed as a new application using the same form and will incur the equivalent non-returnable fee.

How to apply

Please complete the application form and return it to the address provided (on the form) with the £120 fee.

Once your application is received, an officer will contact you within 21 working days.

If your application is approved, it can take between 8-10 weeks for the marking to be painted by our contractor.

Pay online

You can pay for a APL online using our payments system which is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

To use this service, you will need to select the "Miscellaneous Payments > Traffic Management" option from the list of payments available and have your debit or credit card details to hand.