Driveways, driveway widening or new driveway crossings.
Step 1: Review the rules and fees for your project
When is a permit required?
A permit is required when:
- You are building a new driveway (not replacing an existing driveway).
- You are extending or widening an existing driveway.
In most situations a driveway does NOT need a building safety approval (building permit). Depending on site conditions, the location of the driveway, and the address of the site, you may require planning approval (development permit).
|Planning Approval - Development Permit (prior to construction)||Permit fee||Advertising fee||Development Completion Inspection||Total|
|Planning Approval - Development Permit (prior to construction): Proposed land use bylaw relaxation for a home renovation
||Permit fee: $365||Advertising fee: $30||Development Completion Inspection: $155||Total: $550|
See the planning applications fee schedule for a complete list of planning application fees.
New driveways or widening
Submit a Service request for new driveways and driveway widening, a representative from Transportation Planning will contact you within 30 days to discuss your request and provide next steps.
A development permit may be required for new driveways and driveway widening, depending on your driveway width, adjacent roadways and rules within your land use district. If required, a development permit must be submitted and approved prior to the start of any construction.
Note: Each development permit for a driveway relaxation is reviewed on its own merits by The City.
If you are notified that a development permit for a driveway relaxation is needed, complete the Driveway Accessing a Street in the Developed Area application and submit it to the Planning Services Centre.
Before you submit a service request, apply for a permit or hire a contractor, please consider the following:
- Paved front yards can negatively impact your neighbourhood’s appearance, safety, street parking, stormwater drainage and more.
- See the Land Use Bylaw section for general information about rules associated with new driveways in developed areas and driveway width restrictions.
- Homeowners parking their vehicles on their front yard can be subject to enforcement, if their parcel does not meet the rules of their district or when a development permit is required but not obtained.
- The City responds to all 311 driveway complaints.
Risks when a development permit is not obtained
If you do not have permits for work that has been started or completed, you maybe required to take correct action. The City always seeks compliance as a first measure, but further enforcement, such as charges or court orders, can occur.
Some of the risks include:
- Having to do more work than was originally planned or budgeted.
- Legal and financial issues when selling your parcel or making an insurance claim.
- Modifying completed work to prevent parking.
- A ticket issued for parking on the front lawn.
- A stop-work order issued under the Municipal Government Act.
Note: Homeowners are responsible for paying any penalties, even if a contractor assured you permits were not needed. Contact the Planning Services Centre if you have any building or permit questions. Find out if your contractor has a City of Calgary business license at calgary.ca/homerenos.
Driveway crossing: An area where a private driveway accesses a public road, which may include a sidewalk, boulevard, curb or gutter. Property owners that want to lower the curb to allow vehicle access (commonly describe as depressed crossing, curb cut, lowered curb, lowered or sloped sidewalk, and driveway ramp) must apply and are responsible for the cost.
Submit a Service request for driveway crossings, a representative from Transportation Planning will contact you within 30 days to discuss your request and provide next steps.
Note: It is illegal to place materials on the street to create a driveway ramp.
Apply for a driveway crossing if you:
- Have been informed by Transportation Planning to do so, after submitting a service request for driveway crossings.
- Are reconstructing a previously approved driveway crossing.
Hiring The City to construct your driveway crossing
Owners of single-family or duplex residences can request a free estimate for the construction of a new driveway crossing by completing an online service request. An estimate will be provided to the property owner. If the property owner wants The City to proceed with construction, a cheque must be submitted, or the owner can have the work done as a local improvement. Under a local improvement, the property owner can pay for the work over 15 years in conjunction with their parcel taxes.
Hiring a contractor to construct your driveway crossing
Another option available to the property owner is to construct the driveway crossing under an indemnification agreement. This allows the owner to hire a contractor directly to carry out the work.
Land Use Bylaw
See Developed Area Map on page 16 of the Land Use Bylaw.
A driveway accessing a street must not be constructed, altered or replaced, unless:
- It is located on a parcel that does not have lane access.
- It is located on a parcel that has lane access and 50 per cent of the same block face also have existing driveways accessing a street.
- The driveway is legal and not being relocated or widened.
- A development permit for a driveway relaxation has been approved by The City to relocate or widen a driveway.
A driveway connecting a private garage to a street must be a minimum of 6.0 m in length along the intended direction of travel and at least 3.0 m wide.
A driveway connecting a private garage to a lane must be a minimum of 0.60 m in length along the intended direction of travel, measured from the inset of the garage door.
Driveway length is measured from the back of walk to the door of the garage, or from a curb where no public sidewalk is constructed.
See Land Use Byalw 1P2007 for complete rules.
Parcel widths and maximum driveway widths
|Parcel width||Driveway width||Diagram|
|9.0 m or less||6.0 m||
|Greater than 9.0 m but equal to or less than 15.0 m||7.0 m||
|Greater than 15.0 m||Unrestricted||
As shown in the example above, property width dictates the allowable driveway width on a residential property. Your parcel frontage is not always your actual parcel. To determine lot width on an irregular parcel, see the example below.
This irregular shaped parcel width is 13.5 meters. In this example, the maximum driveway width for this parcel is seven meters as per the bylaw.
Driveways commonly pass through utility right-of-ways, resulting in an encroachment. If there is already an existing concrete driveway passing through a utility right-of-way, a second concrete driveway (sidewalk, patio or walkway) would not be permitted. This is a common problem with corner lots, when there are multiple concrete driveways passing through a right-of-way. Landscaping, such as gravel or asphalt, is viewed differently than concrete in terms of encroachments. For more information, contact Corporate Properties through 311.
Owners of encroachments are required to enter into an agreement with The City or remove the offending structure. The City does not approve all applications for encroachment agreements.
It is the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure that work being carried out conforms to any restrictive covenants, caveats or other restrictions that are registered on the land title.
Additional inquiries about building, plumbing, gas, electrical or heating, ventilation and air conditioning code or construction methods, building safety and fire regulations, please contact the Technical Assistance Centre or call 311. For all other inquiries (i.e. Land Use Bylaw), please contact our Planning Services Centre.
Step 2: Prepare your application
- Use the Driveway permit checklist to determine the application and drawing requirements for your project.
- For online applications, review our criteria for submitting your plans and documents.
Step 3: Apply
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