What is front yard parking?
The Zoning By-law governs the location of parking on private property. In general, front yard parking is prohibited. For example, you cannot park your vehicle in the front yard of your property, in front of the front walls of the building. You can park your vehicle in a garage attached to your property, and in the driveway leading to the garage or in the side yard abutting your property. For more information, and diagrams showing where you can and cannot park on your property, please see the relevant section of the Zoning By-law. Please refer specifically to the section addressing residential zones.
What is a mature neighbourhood? How can I find out if I am affected?
Zoning By-law 2012-147 created the Mature Neighbourhoods Overlay that affects dwellings within the inner urban neighbourhoods (Wards 14, 15 and parts of 12, 13 and 17). The Overlay contains regulations intended to recognize the established look along a street. These include regulations on the use of lands in the front and corner side yards including amount of landscaping, rear lane access, driveway widths and on-site parking, as well as the orientation of the main door, and the minimum amount of habitable floor area required on the first floor, closest to the existing average grade. Flag lot, corner lot and long semi-detached dwelling developments are introduced and regulated. For more information, please contact a Development Information Officer at any City Client Service Centre.
What are the Private Approach drawing requirements?
Prepare a drawing (approved site plan or survey preferred) indicating:
- Lot lines, dimensions, and any structures on the property
- Location and width of existing and proposed private approaches
- Location of curb, sidewalk, City trees, fire hydrants, utility poles/boxes (pedestals), etc.
Residential templates and samples can be found in the Homeowner Information Package. For proposed commercial private approaches, please contact the Right of Way permit office.
Do I need a building permit to construct my new driveway?
A building permit is not required; however, zoning regulations and/or site plan control may impose restrictions on the width and location of your driveway. You can obtain this information from a Development Information Officer (DIO) for your area at any of the City’s Client Service Centres. You may also wish to review the deed of transfer of your property (title documents provided by your solicitor following the purchase of your home) as the deed may include restrictions that will also apply, particularly if your home is part of a cooperative development, a condominium development or a multi-residential project.
Is the Private Approach permit included with my building permit?
No. Residents must apply for a Private Approach separately. The only exception to this is that a private approach permit is not required for a private approach approved through the City’s Site Plan or Subdivision approval process.
How wide can my driveway be?
A private approach must be minimum 2.4 metres wide and a maximum 9.0 metres and in no case shall the width exceed 50 per cent of the property frontage on which the approach or approaches are located.
Do I need a culvert?
A private approach requires a culvert if it crosses a ditch. The construction and maintenance of the private approach and/or culvert are the responsibility of the homeowner. The construction of the culvert (including materials ex: Corrugated steel) must adhere to city standards. Residents may apply at any Client Service Centre
Who maintains/replaces/repairs the culvert underneath my driveway?
The maintenance and upkeep of a private approach, including any culverts and headwalls are the responsibility of the abutting owner.
How long does it take to obtain a permit?
Allow six to eight weeks from application to permit approval. This time frame allows for processing, zoning review, and obtaining a road cut permit. Permit times may vary depending on the complexity of the application and seasonal demand.