Before starting your concrete project, it’s critical that you do your research. Regardless of whether you’re pouring a concrete driveway or patio, indoor concrete floor, or simply making concrete planter borders, municipal building regulations might require you to have a permit. Starting your project without the proper permits can result in hefty fines. Typically, this is the contractor’s responsibility, but you should be educated on the topic as well, just in case. So, how exactly do you know whether or not you’ll need a permit?
Permits vary by city and state. When it comes to pouring a new concrete driveway, you’ll need to research your city’s driveway width regulations to see if you need a permit. If you’re looking to expand your current driveway, make sure you check whether or not your city will allow you to widen the public-access section of it, as well as your neighborhood driveway size regulations. If you’ll need to alter any sidewalks, gutters, or curbs to repair your driveway, you must obtain the proper permitting for this as well.
Always contact your local city building codes office to ask about permitting before you start your new driveway project. If you live in an unincorporated, rural area, contact your parish assessor’s office for regulations.
If your patio height is considered above-grade, you will likely need a permit. If you are located in an area with development restrictions (i.e., an area with excavation concerns or an environmental protection zone), you may also require a permit to build your patio. Other reasons why your patio may require a permit include:
- If external structural changes that will be made to the house interfere with land zoning regulations
- Whether or not the patio will be covered or enclosed
- Adding lighting provisions
With Port Aggregates, you can rest assured that our professional concrete contractors are fully trained and up-to-date on all the local regulations and permits necessary. If you have any further questions regarding the permitting process, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Contact us today to request a quote for your next concrete project.