Driveway Cuts and Sidewalk Installation
When a curb cut for a new driveway apron is proposed, or new sidewalk is installed, a Right-of-Way permit for a driveway cut or sidewalk installation must be obtained first. This requirement applies to property where there is a dwelling or a proposed dwelling.
If a curb cut exists, but no sidewalk section exists behind the driveway apron, A Right-of-Way permit for sidewalk installation will be applied to the project.
Existing driveways or sidewalk sections that are replaced like-for-like without any modifications or additional linear footage can be handled under a street cut permit (See Permit Application for Work on Public Ways).
A Right-of-Way Permit is not needed for a driveway or any other work that does not extend to the right-of-way.
Any contractor performing work in the public right of way, is required to provide a minimum of $5,000.00 bond. For further information see Raleigh Municipal Code section 11-6001 Permit and regulations for working in, upon, over, under or adjacent to the streets and sidewalks.
Approvals or Permits Issued
- Right-of-Way Permit
- Driveway Cut Plan - Sample Plot Plan Drawings
- Raleigh Street Design Manual (Section 6.5.7, Plot Plan criteria for residential driveway approvals)
Expected Processing Time
- Reviews of driveway cuts are part of the Standard Residential Review for new construction, which takes eight business days
- Residential driveway cuts and modifications shall be submitted under the Next Day Permitting process
- A like-for-like replacement of sidewalk and driveway can be submitted under the Same Day Permitting process