Driveway widening

Suburbs

Considering widening your driveway? The City of Kitchener allows residents to widen their residential driveways provided they have secured a city issued permit prior to the work commencing. Widening without a permit may result in issuance of a fine.

Application requirements:

  1. Property address
  2. Contractor name and contact information
  3. Proposed width of driveway once completed
  4. Expected construction dates

How to apply for the permit

Online Complete the application form.

In-person Please print and deliver the completed application form and required documentation to City Hall, 6th Floor Planning Division (200 King St., W., Kitchener).

Considerations for permit approval

Is there currently a dedicated on-street parking space for the property?
On-street parking cannot be removed as a result of curb cutting or driveway widening. If an on-street space is impacted and can no longer adequately fit a vehicle, the transportation planning division of the city may not grant approval.
Will the proposed driveway be greater than 50 per cent of your lot width?

For standard single family homes, zoning by-law standards allow the driveway to be no wider than 50 per cent of your lot frontage or eight metres (whichever is less). If it is greater, the city’s transportation planning division may reject the application. If there is an attached garage, the driveway must be 0.6 metres from the side property line. Learn more about driveway widening in our neighbour bylaw guide.

For other types of homes including corner lots alternative standards apply. Please contact our planning division at 519-741-2426 to determine which standards apply.

Are there any street trees on the boulevard where the proposed widening will occur? 
Street trees are the property of the City of Kitchener and cannot be removed or impacted as a result of curb cutting or driveway widening.
Is the property located on a regional road?
A regional road access permit (subject to additional fees) may be required and alternative design standards may apply. Depending on the nature of the request, the Region of Waterloo may reject the application.

Frequently asked questions

What is the cost of a permit?

The cost of the permit is $330. $210 is refundable upon successful completion of the project. For properties located on Regional Roads an additional fee of $100 will apply.

Can a homeowner cut a curb themselves?
Homeowners are not permitted to cut curbs in the City of Kitchener. A licensed contractor must be obtained by the homeowner.
How wide can I make my driveway?
For standard single family homes, zoning by-law standards allow the driveway to be no wider than 50 per cent of your lot frontage or eight metres (whichever is less).
Do I need to cut the curb and adjust the apron to match the width of the driveway or can I just widen the drive?

No, widening your driveway on private property does not require curb cutting or a driveway widening application. It is recommended you contact the Planning Division at 519 741-2426 to determine the allowable width of driveway for your property. If you want to widen the driveway apron portion (within city property) a permit is required. 

What if I decide to use a different contractor?
We ask that you provide the city with updated information prior to commencing construction.
Does the permit expire?
No, the permit does not expire.

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