Driveway / Sidewalk

Helpful Resources

  • Driveways/Sidewalks Permit (PDF)
    • Driveway Permit Cost: $45 ($30 plus a $15 processing fee)
  • Approach Permit
    • Approach Permit Cost: $45 ($30 plus a $15 processing fee)

Driveway Repair/Installations

If you wish to widen an existing driveway or pour a new driveway, a permit is required. Parking on an unimproved surface is prohibited by City ordinance. A driveway in the front or side yard must be of either reinforced concrete or concrete pavers. Reinforced concrete requirements: 4 inches of concrete with Number 3 rebar that is 18 inches on center with rebar chairs.

Concrete pavers requirements: interlocking concrete paving stones at least 2 inches thick on a base consisting of a layer of bedding sand over a minimum 4 inches of compacted crushed stone, cement treated base, or soil cement base. A driveway in the rear yard may be of either reinforced concrete or concrete pavers but may also be one of the following:

  • An asphalt surface having a minimum depth of 4 inches over a 4-inch established base consisting of compacted crushed stone, cement treated base, or soil cement base.
  • A surface of compacted gravel or crushed rock contained within a distinct border and having a minimum depth of 6 inches.

Driveways in the rear yard may not be accessed via an unpaved alley. Excessive driveways (meaning those that cover more than 50% of the yard) are prohibited in the city.

Exceptions

  • A circular driveway with two approaches is allowed to cover a maximum of 65% of the yard. 
  • When there is a driveway within a residential front yard where parking on the street is prohibited or restricted by ordinance, the maximum allowable area covered shall be increased to 65% of the yard.

Approaches

Approaches are reviewed and approved by our Transportation Department (which is conveniently located in the same building as the Building Inspection Department). Approaches installed/widened from a paved alley must have a 5-foot flare and must not go beyond the boundaries of your property. Approaches installed/widened from a front entrance must have a 5-foot radius and must not go beyond the boundaries of your property. All paving in the City right-of-way (approaches and sidewalks) must comply with the City of Garland Engineering Specifications.

  • Sidewalk Permit
  • Cost: $45 ($30 and a $15 processing fee)

Any repairs done to the public sidewalk (excluding the private walk up to the front door) must be permitted. Additionally, a Sidewalk Bond must be on file for whoever is completing the work.

Requirements: 

  • 4 inches of concrete with Number 3 rebar that is 24 inches on center with rebar chairs.

Note: The rebar must be at least 3 inches from the edge of the sidewalk on each side.

However, if you wish to contact the Engineering Department at 972-205-2170, they can explain the Sidewalk Participation Program which is a 50/50 split between the resident and the City of Garland. Engineering will contract the repairs, and the homeowner need only pay their 50%.