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Driveway Requiring a Basic Development Plan

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The process outlined below applies to the construction of a new driveway or the addition to an existing driveway, provided such new driveway or addition to the driveway disturbs less than 5,000 square feet. See the activity process for Driveway, New or Addition to, Requiring Comprehensive Development Plan for driveway construction disturbing 5,000 or more square feet.

Other Requirements May Apply: If the subject property is located within the ND, Neighborhood Design Overlay District, or the H-1, Historic Downtown Overlay District, or the H-2, Historic Neighborhood Overlay District, additional submittals, reviews, and approvals are required.

Permits Required

The following permits are required for the construction of a new driveway or the addition to an existing driveway requiring a basic development plan:
  • Zoning Permit
  • Land Disturbance Permit, where applicable
  • Right-of-Way Excavation Permit, where applicable

Application & Review Process

Application for construction of a new driveway or the addition to an existing driveway is submitted to the Permit Center.  A complete submittal is required in order for the application to be processed.  A complete submittal consists of the following:
  • Basic Development Plan (1 copy), drawn to scale, delineating the accurate dimensions and shape of the lot, location of all existing structures on the lot, location and dimensions of the proposed driveway or the existing driveway and proposed addition/changes to the driveway, labeling of driveway surface, and labeling of adjoining streets and alleys.  A design professional is not required for preparation of a basic development plan.

Resubmissions during the Application and Review Process

Resubmissions during the review process in response to development plan review comments, or additional or revised information, must be submitted with a Submission of Additional Information form.

Issuance of the Permit

Land Disturbance Permit

If the driveway or the addition to the driveway exceeds 2,000 square feet of land disturbance, upon approval of the erosion and sediment control plan, the following are required prior to the issuance of a Land Disturbance Permit. The Land Disturbance Permit must be issued prior to the issuance of the Zoning Permit.
  • A project surety for the erosion and sediment control measures, if applicable, must be executed and approved by the City Attorney and Department of Finance.  If the applicant chooses to post a project surety in the form of a letter of credit or an insurance bond, the standard forms must be used.  However, the applicant also has the choice of posting cash for the project surety, which would need to be in the form of a certified check from a lending institution.
  • A Responsible Land Disturber (RLD) currently registered with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation must be identified, if Land Disturbance Permit is required.
  • A pre-construction conference, if Land Disturbance Permit is being obtained, must be attended by the general contractor and the specified responsible land disturber. A copy of the stamped/signed approved set of erosion and sediment control plans will be issued at the preconstruction conference to be held at the Department of Planning Building and Development.

Zoning Permit

Upon approval of the basic development plan, the basic development plan review fee must be paid prior to the issuance of the zoning permit (see application).

Construction Process
  • An approved Basic Development Plan authorizes ONLY the use, arrangement, location, and construction indicated in the approved plan, and no other.
  • Any changes to the approved basic development plan must be submitted with a Submission of Additional Information form.  No change to an approved Basic Development Plan should be constructed or installed in the field until you receive written approval of the revision.
  • Any work in the public right-of-way, including the construction of the tie-in of the driveway with a public street or alley, requires a Right-of-Way Excavation Permit.