There are several things you should consider before you make changes to your residential driveway.
Do I need a Development Permit to modify my residential driveway?
Approval is required to widen your residential driveway. Only those areas approved by the Development Authority may be hard surfaced and/or utilized for parking motor vehicles. Hard surfacing means asphalt, concrete, paving stone or similar material but not gravel. All widened residential driveways and additional driveways must be hard surfaced within one year of the approval.
The application form to request to change your residential driveway is the Driveway Request Form. Before you begin construction, please ensure that your contractor has submitted an application to our Engineering Services department for an Engineering Services Permit to permit work on the City boulevard. An Engineering Services Permit application form will be sent to you along with your residential driveway approval.
To modify or move your commercial, industrial or multi-family driveway - please contact our Engineering Services Department.
Engineering Services Permit Request
An Engineering Services Permit will be required in all cases after your driveway width has been approved. In some cases, your contractor will require “proof of a minimum of $2 million liability insurance coverage”. For additional information, please our Engineering Services Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Land Use Bylaw
The Land Use Bylaw helps regulate the neighbourhood you live in by controlling the use and development of land and buildings. The bylaw helps controls the activity on a property as well, including driveway widths.
Land Use Bylaw C-1260 defines:
- a Driveway as a private road that provides vehicle access from a lot or site to a public road
- a 3-Car Garage is a garage that is 8.5m wide or larger.