Apply for the creation of a footpath crossing

Sidewalk crossings, also known as property access roads or curb cuts, are used to enable vehicles to easily reach a property from the street. If you are planning a project that requires curb lowering, you will need a sidewalk crossing...

Sidewalk crossings, also known as property access roads or curb cuts, are used to enable vehicles to easily reach a property from the street. If you are planning a project that requires curb lowering, you will need a sidewalk crossing permit. Walkway crossings require a different finish or attachment than the walkway and must be approved by the appropriate authority. As a rule, the work in the public street space is commissioned by the city. In exceptional cases, you as the applicant may commission the work yourself from an approved specialist company.

Important notes


  • You are the owner of the property.
  • Alternatively, you have a power of attorney from the property owner.
  • If you are allowed to take over the production yourself, the commissioned company must be an approved company.
  • The walkway remains consistent in terms of height and appearance.
  • There are no interruptions to the sidewalk as a result of the measure

Documents required

  • main request
    • In written form
  • proof
    • True-to-scale site plan
    • Excerpt from the real estate cadastre
    • Photos of the location
    • Land map (optional)

Please note

  • If the application is made in connection with a construction project for which a concentrated building permit procedure should or must be carried out according to Section 62 of the Hamburg Building Code (HBauO), the building permit also includes permission to create a sidewalk crossing. In the case of construction projects that are examined in the simplified approval procedure according to § 61 HBauO, the applicants are responsible for obtaining the permits under the right of way.
  • The sidewalk crossing may not be made by yourself, for example with wooden beams, steel ramps or similar. This is an unauthorized intervention in the street space and this can be punishable.
  • Approval for the construction of a sidewalk crossing does not replace other necessary official approvals or result in claims, for example for the construction of a garage or carport.



Procedure & Fees


You can apply for the sidewalk crossing in writing (by post, email, fax). There is also the option of using an online service. The procedure does not change. The pavement crossing is made either by the competent authority or by an approved company. The following process sequence must be observed up to production:
  • You apply for the sidewalk crossing with all the necessary documents at the responsible office.
  • As soon as the application is submitted, it will be checked whether there are any reasons against the execution of the sidewalk crossing.
  • In the case of more extensive measures, you must organize and carry out an on-site appointment in advance together with the responsible authority.
  • After your application has been checked positively, you will receive a notification of approval and can have the sidewalk crossing made (subject to possible conditions and requirements).
  • You must make an advance payment based on the production costs.
  • After completion of the work, you will receive an invoice for the payment of the remaining production costs, less the advance payment made.

If the pavement crossing is made by the competent authority:
  • You do not have to take any further steps to continue the work.

If the pavement crossing is made by an approved company:
  • The commissioned company must apply for a transport authority order for the measure.
  • After completion of the construction work, you agree on a joint acceptance date with the responsible authority

Processing time

  • The processing time differs between the processing of the application and the production of the sidewalk crossing.

  • Application processing: usually prompt.

  • The establishment of the pavement crossing by the competent authority: at least 3 months.


Cost type: variable

Cost (variable): from 50.00 to 800.00 euros

Description of the costs: administration fee

Note: The costs are divided into fees and production costs. The fee is charged by the competent authority and depends on the respective fee schedule. The production costs depend on the size and condition of the sidewalk crossing (possibly also for a replacement tree planting or light pole conversion). Both cost components must be borne by the applicant.

Legal notes

Legal remedies

  • contradiction

  • Further information on how to file an objection can be found in the notification of your application

  • Complaint before the Administrative Court

Legal basis

§ 46 Road Traffic Act (StVO)

Section 7a Highway Act (FStrG)

Hamburg - § 18 Hamburg Roads Act (HWG) - Crossings,20

Downloads & Links

Public Service Disclaimer

Please note: This service on uses machine translations powered by Google. Some content may not be translated accurately or reliably. The translations are constantly being improved. If you have any issues with Google Translate, please visit