Road Approach permits, also known as Driveway permits, are required to be obtained prior to modifying or making a new connection to the county road right-of-way . This process has been developed to ensure the connection is completed in a way that ensures a high level of safety as well as adequate construction standards to meet the various needs required.
Do I Need This Permit?
Common examples of when to obtain a permit include:
- Driveway access to new development
- Driveway to pasture or barn property
- Driveway for RV parking
- Adding a second driveway to complete a circular drive
- Widening an existing driveway
- Paving an existing driveway
NOTE: Installing a concrete driveway along a gravel-shoulder roadway will require an Encroachment Permit in lieu of this permit.
Summary Of Process
How To Start - Call us or come into our office with the information noted in the 2nd bullet of the 'Steps' section below.
- Contact Roads to ensure your road is in fact a county road (as opposed to city or state)
- Make application for the permit in person at our office or over the phone. Necessary information includes:
- Name and mailing address of current property owner (or written authorization from property owner to contractor)
- Driveway location information such as address, 'next-to' address, or other identifying marking(s)
- Daytime telephone number
- Type of driveway requested (residential or commercial)
- Legal description (township, range, section, and tax lot number)
- Sign a 'signature page' which is your authorization to proceed through the permitting process (sample form can be viewed from the PDF link below)
- Pay the fee associated with this permit (cash, check, or credit card including over the phone)
- Your permit application will then be sent to an Inspector who will determine construction requirements. This step may take several days depending on work load and complexity of the application.
- If approved, your permit will then be mailed to you (or faxed if you prefer).
- An on-site conference with the Inspector and approved permit in possession is required prior to any construction work.
- Once work is complete and inspected and found to be in conformance to all standards the driveway connection including the culvert (if applicable) will become a part of the road system maintenance program.
Fee(s) - $190.00
Timing - the initial office work or phone call may take 15 minutes or so. It then takes several days to consider your application with the end goal to issue you a permit. Typically, work can begin approximately one week after application is made. Work needs to be completed within 60 days; extensions may be considered in certain circumstances.
Tips & Tricks
- Be sure to start the process well ahead of when you want the construction to be completed.
- Gather necessary information before you come into our office or call - see details above
- You can obtain this permit and complete it fully without having to come into our office - by paying with a credit card the entire process can be completed using things like phone/mail/fax.
- Don't forget to "Call Before You Dig" - safety first!
Standard specification drawings can be found on our website here.
Below you'll also find the following:
- Road Approach Regulations (steps and specifications)
- Sample Signature Page - you'll need to sign this form when we provide it to you to authorize the permit. It will become a part of the permit file.