2011-04-07 / Local & State

Driveways On State Highways Require Permit

PennDOT announced last week that property owners planning to build a new driveway or alter an existing one on a state highway will need a highway occupancy permit prior to the start of work.

Property owners need to apply for a permit at least 30 days in advance of the date they plan to start work on their driveway. Also, Penn- DOT strongly encourages property owners to obtain a driveway permit before obtaining a building permit. Potential issues can often be avoided by determining an acceptable driveway location prior to constructing a building on the property.

Permit applications can be obtained from Penn- DOT’s county offices and, once completed, can be submitted for review. PennDOT will review the driveway location to ensure it meets acceptable sight distance, drainage and proposed driveway design features.

Once the driveway construction or alteration is completed, the property owner can notify the Penn- DOT county office so that a final inspection can be conducted to verify that the work that was done is consistent with the permit.

The application/inspection fee for a residential driveway permit is $25. A property owner who fails to obtain a permit prior to the con- struction of a new driveway or altering the design of an existing driveway is subject to a minimum $100 fine plus court costs. Additional costs would also result if the driveway is installed improperly and needs to be corrected by the property owner or Penn- DOT.

Although a driveway permit is not normally required for paving an existing and properly permitted driveway, property owners planning on paving an existing permitted driveway should contact their PennDOT county office to discuss the effects the paving might have on highway drainage.

For more information on highway occupancy permits go to http://www.dot.state.pa.us, click on “more links” then scroll down to Highway Occupancy Permit. Follow local PennDOT info on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAAltoona.

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