Can you make a new driveway (legal) in Brooklyn?

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    If you want to eliminate a garden in front of a house and use the space for a driveway, where there never was one, what steps do you need to take?


    file a permit with the buildings dept.

    Baruch Bohm

    probably need a permit, contact department of buildings


    You must go to the building department and file a request, get a permit and only then make the change. If you don’t do it legally, they can force you to remove it.


    Anyone knows what that involves time-wise- how long til you get the permit, and money-wise?

    Ive heard that lots of people do it in Brooklyn without the permit. I cant see permits being given out where parking spots are eliminated. I havent heard of anyone having to undo the work.


    My neighbor was fined and forced to undo it.



    You may or may not be able to do this depending on where you live. It’s often a zoning issue.

    What you are proposing, if I read you correctly, is commonly called a “parking pad.” That means that the driveway does not either a) lead to a garage, or b) lead to a side lot on the property.

    You will need either an architect or engineer (both with the proper licenses) to sign the Buildings Department permit application assuming he or she believes it is legal. Then, if you get the permit (or more than one permit depending on the job), you can begin the work.

    Note well that this is just a brief description.

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