To widen your driveway in Kitchener, you need a permit. You can apply online or in person at City Hall.

Apply for a permit

On this page:

  1. Apply for a permit
  2. Permit cost
  3. Driveway extension bylaws
  4. Contractors

Apply for a permit

You need a permit to widen your driveway beyond your property lines or to cut your curb. If you cut your curb or widen your driveway onto city land without a permit, you may have to pay a fine. You should apply for a permit at least 15 business days before you plan to start the project.

Your application must include:

  • property address
  • contractor name and contact information
  • proposed width of driveway once completed
  • expected construction dates

Apply online

Use our online form to apply for a permit.

Apply in person

Download our application form. Fill the form out and bring it, with the required documents, to the sixth floor of City Hall. Staff usually process your application within 15 business days.


Permit cost

A driveway widening permit costs $340. We refund $215 when the project is complete, making the final cost $125. If your property is on a regional road, more rules apply.


Driveway extension bylaws

When cutting the curb or widening a driveway, you cannot:

  • remove on-street parking
  • remove or harm street trees

Properties on regional roads

If your property is on a regional road, there may be an extra cost of $100. You will need to apply for and obtain a Regional Access Permit and Regional Work Permit. Apply for both permits through the Region of Waterloo. We will not approve a curb cut on a regional road without these permits.

Some regional roads are Access Regulated Prohibited (such as parts of Fischer-Hallman), and any change to an access on those roads could require a report to Regional Council for their permission. Our staff will work with you to make sure your project is meeting the Region’s requirements.

Narrow lots

If your lot is 10.3 metres (34 feet) wide or less, you can widen the driveway to a maximum of 5.2 metres (17 feet).

Wide lots

If your lot is wider that 10.3 metres (34 feet), you can widen the driveway to a maximum of 50% of the lot width, or 8 metres, whichever is less.

Attached garages

If your home has an attached garage, the driveway must be at least 0.6 metres from the side property line.

Materials

When you are widening a driveway, you must use the same material as the existing driveway.

The driveway must be a different material from sidewalks or other walkways.


Contractors

You must hire a licensed contractor to widen your curb. If you hire a different contractor before you start the project, please let us know.