Can I widen my driveway apron?

Q: Can I widen my existing driveway? A: The private portion of an existing paved driveway can be widened, without a permit, up to the paving area limits described in Chapter 6.64 of the County Code.

How wide should a concrete apron be?

It should be at least 4 inches thick and up to 6 inches thick if it will accommodate trucks. Depending on the soil conditions you may need to add up to 2 more inches to the slab to make it durable.

Do you own your driveway apron?

Homeowners may be surprised to find they don’t own the apron portion of their driveway yet are responsible for maintaining it. In winter, the homeowner may also be responsible for removing snow from both the sidewalk and the driveway apron.

What is the apron part of a driveway?

What is a driveway apron? It’s the area where your residential driveway meets the street pavement. You can transform that plain patch of tarmac by tearing up the section above the curb and replacing it with materials that look like they were taken from the streets of Brussels itself.

What is a driveway lip?

A driveway apron is the section where a private driveway connects to the public roadway; it is usually the width of the driveway and about 8′-15′ long (extending from the curb to the far edge of the sidewalk, or to the property line), although some decorative aprons can be 60′-70′ or longer.

What are driveway ribbons?

What is a ribbon driveway? Ribbon driveways, sometimes called Hollywood driveways, usually consist of two parallel tracks paved with a hard material and separated by an unpaved area.

Do I need a permit to expand my driveway?

Do I need a permit to widen/expand my existing driveway? Yes. You need a “Planning Clearance Approval” from the Planning Division prior to commencement of work. The planning division may approve a modification to widen your existing driveway in cases where the driveway is too narrow.

How wide are driveway aprons?

The maximum allowable apron width at the curb is thirty six feet (36′). Driveway apron flares are required to be 2′ to 3′ wide from sidewalk to curb. 8. The apron is required to be concrete, poured as one piece from the curb to the existing sidewalk as shown on the detail drawing.

How much is a concrete apron?

A concrete apron can cost $3-$10 or more a square foot, or $550-$1,800 for 12’x15′. With decorative elements (stamped patterns, a pigmented color, a textured finish) the cost can be $6-$25 or more a square foot, or $1,100-$4,500 or more. Some municipalities will replace a deteriorating apron for a fee.

Where does the apron start on a driveway?

Since the apron is a part of the driveway, its width (side to side) is identical to the width of the rest of the driveway—most of the time you can’t tell where the apron starts and the driveway stops. If sidewalks are present, the apron typically extends to the edge of the sidewalk closest to the house.

Do you have to cut curb for driveway apron?

While communities are picky about driveway aprons, they’re even pickier about curb cuts because a system of curbs and gutters is a part of a larger drainage system. If you want to install a brand new driveway, not only will you need to follow codes for installing the apron, you’ll also need to follow codes for cutting the curb.

How much sand do you need for driveway apron?

Start with a sound base. Whether you’re installing pavers or poured concrete, you’ll need to excavate to a depth of nine to 12 inches, fill the bottom with sand, and then compact the sand with a tamping machine. Sand that isn’t compacted adequately can settle later, resulting in a cracked apron.

How much does a concrete driveway extension cost?

You’ll spend around $4,900 for a concrete driveway extension. However, when the job is complete, you’ll find that the property value boost alone recovers those costs entirely, if not more.