Thinking of Extending Your Driveway? Read This!

The below message is from the City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services team and is worth reading if you are thinking of renovating the front of your property: Spring is here, which means you might be thinking about starting home renovation projects like building a garage, deck or even extending your existing driveway.

Extended front driveways impact pedestrian safety and prevent street parking, leaving visitors to your community without a place to park. In addition, they prevent front of home landscaping opportunities.

Landscaping is an integral function of a community because it supports proper water drainage, helps replenish ground water which supports the maintenance of trees, and helps prevent increased temperatures in cities. In addition, landscaping allows The City and its partners easier access to utility right of ways.

Extending your driveway requires a permit and installing a hard surface along the entire front of your property is prohibited by City policies and bylaws in many cases.

Before you begin or hire a licensed contractor, find out what City of Calgary requirements might be required before you make a large investment. For this and other property development or building questions, call The City’s Planning Services Call Centre at 403-268-5311. They are available Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.