The City’s Zoning By-Laws map out city properties into zones according to land use, such as residential, commercial, industrial etc. Zoning By-Laws also regulate what can be built on a property and how big it can be, such as the width of the driveway.
Public Works accepts driveway widening applications (also called a “curb cut”) and circulates them to the Zoning Department for approval. If approved, Public Works issues a Road Occupancy & Access Permit for a fee of $50, which will allow the qualified/approved contractor you hire to perform the widening.
Driveway widening applications for driveways in both new and unassumed subdivisions are accepted.
Why regulate driveway widening?
If front yards are covered with a driveway, there is less area for plants, trees and soil, called soft landscaping, which causes rainwater to run off into the storm water system rather than the ground and does not replenish the watertable. Larger driveways also result in less storage area for snow and the removal of on-street parking spaces.
Important Note: Residents who widen their driveways without approval are subject to a fine and will be responsible, including for costs, to restore their driveway to its condition.
Prior to submitting a Driveway Widening/Curb Cut application, homeowners must first verify compliance with the Zoning By-law. Zoning compliance can be obtained by bringing a copy of your application, together with any plans or drawings of your proposal, to the Building Division located at the Flower City Community Campus, 8850 McLaughlin Road South, Building 1. Zoning Services staff will review applications and verify compliance at the front counter. If the proposed driveway widening/curb cut application does not comply with the Zoning By-law, the application cannot be submitted for further review.
Submit your application and supporting documents to Zoning Services, Building Division at:
Note: This new process will take effect on September 9, 2019