Driveway Permit/Ditch Enclosure Permit
Driveway Permits are required when:
Ô A new driveway is desired
Ô The use of a driveway changes (e.g. farm drive to residential, residential to business, etc.)
Ô A driveway culvert pipe is in need of replacement
Ô A driveway is being improved (e.g. paving or pouring concrete where the drive was previously gravel)
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU OBTAIN YOUR PERMIT BEFORE PURCHASING A CULVERT PIPE OR STARTING CONSTRUCTION OF YOUR DRIVEWAY.† WAIT UNTIL YOU HAVE THE REQUIRED PERMIT IN HAND, SO YOU DONíT WASTE MONEY.
Upon receiving an application for a driveway, the Engineerís Office will review the request, taking into consideration the drive type and functional classification of the roadway to determine if access is allowed under the County Access Management Regulations.† In addition, the Engineerís Office will determine the required culvert pipe size, if any is required, and issue a permit containing all the information necessary to construct your driveway.† The driveway will be inspected after construction. †If it is not in compliance with the requirements of the permit, the driveway will be blocked until the problems are corrected.
Ditch Enclosure Permits are required if a person desires to enclose the roadside ditch across their property.† Some landowners desire to eliminate the ditch to make it easier to mow the yard.† If being able to mow more easily is the concern, we recommend re-grading the ditch across the property as an alternative because a ditch can hold more water than a pipe.† Check the ditch cleaning detail below for recommended grading profiles that make mowing easier and are aesthetically pleasing.† Often, re-grading the ditch can be done by the County Engineerís Office with the landownerís cooperation.
Roadside ditches not only drain water from the roadway for traffic safety reasons, they often drain entire watersheds.† Therefore, anything being placed in the ditch must first be reviewed in advance by the County Engineer to ensure proper drainage is accommodated.† Upon receipt of an application to enclose a ditch, the Engineerís Office will examine the location and the size of the watershed draining through the ditch to determine the size pipe that will be required in the ditch.
Contact our office at (419)782-4751 for assistance in helping you determine which permit is more appropriate for your needs.