Residential Driveway Access Permit

If you want to park on your own property, the Residential Driveway Access Permit allows you to:

  • establish a new driveway approach
  • modify an existing driveway approach or culvert entrance

Permits will not be approved if the location is underneath the canopy of a City tree.

Contact the Driveway Investigator to find out if you need a permit by:

Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 4578
Email: parking@hamilton.ca

Fill out and submit the application along with the permit fee of $77.

Once you receive approval from the City, you will be given:

  • a quote to install a concrete driveway approach or culvert entrance
  • a list of authorized bonded contractors that you can contact for installation

Do not put asphalt on the road to create or extend a driveway approach ramp. Putting any material on the roadway without authorization from the City is against Hamilton’s Streets By-law No. 86-077. You will be subject to a fine up to $5,000 and all costs for removing the material.

Follow these rules for driveway approach widths:

  • Single vehicle driveway approaches are 4 metres (13 feet) wide.
  • Multiple vehicle driveway approaches can be up to 8 metres (27 feet) wide.
  • The standard width of a culvert platform entrance (not the pipe) is 6 metres (20 feet) for residential properties.
  • Your driveway must be 0.91 metres (3 feet) away from a fire hydrant or hydro pole.
  • The City of Hamilton has a 50% green space requirement under the Zoning By-law No. 05-200. You cannot pave your entire front yard. 

Repairs and maintenance of existing driveway approaches

If you have questions about existing driveway approaches or ramps such as repairs, maintenance or estimates for widening, contact Roads Operations and Maintenance by:

Phone: 905-542-2489
Email: roadopsandmaint@hamilton.ca