Residential Driveway Installation

What is required when you install or change a driveway on your property.


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When a curb cut for a new driveway apron is proposed, new sidewalk is installed along a property, or an existing curb cut in the public right-of-way is widened, reduced, or replaced, a right-of-way permit for a driveway cut or sidewalk installation must be obtained first. 

If a curb cut exists, but no sidewalk section exists behind the driveway apron, A right-of-way permit for sidewalk installation will be issued to the project.

A right-of-way permit is not needed for a driveway on private property or any other work that does not extend to the right-of-way. Other permits, such as a zoning permit, may apply.

Before Getting Started

  1. It is important to know that any contractor performing work in the public right-of-way is required to provide a minimum of $5,000 bond during the application process.
  2. Your contractor must have general liability insurance.
  3. Is your home located in a Historic District or designated as a Raleigh Historic Landmark? If so, you are required to submit a Certificate of Appropriateness to the Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC). Approval from the RHDC may be required prior to submitting your permit application. 
  4. The property should have a legally recorded map at the Durham or Wake County Register of Deeds.
  5. Your property may be subject to Residential Infill Compatibility standards. Click here to learn more about residential infill development and verification.

For more information see Raleigh Municipal Code section 11-6001 Permit and regulations for working in, upon, over, under or adjacent to the streets and sidewalks.

What You'll Need

Requirement Description

For new driveways or changes (widening or moving) to existing driveways

For replacing or repairing existing driveways (like for like ONLY)

Required documents must be completed and submitted IN PERSON to the Downtown Raleigh Customer Service Center or North Raleigh Litchford Road Residential Office. 

Helpful Resources for Your Project

Resource Description
Sample plot plan for driveways View examples of elements of a driveway plot plan.
Raleigh Street Design Manual This document provides codes related to streets and sidewalks. Section 6.5.7 covers plot plan criteria for residential driveways.

Paying Your Fees

Right-of-way permit fees can viewed in the Development Fee Schedule

  • The Development Services Customer Service Center processes payments. You can also pay online via the Permit and Development Portal
    • Payment types include cash, MasterCard, Visa or check made payable to the City of Raleigh

Inspection Information

Please ensure that a pre-pour inspection is scheduled before pouring the driveway. 

Contact

 

For technical questions about driveway installation call 919-996-2626 and ask to speak with a Transportation Reviewer. 

Lead Department:
Permits and Inspections
Service Categories:
Streets and SidewalksResidential PermitsZoning Permits

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