Environmental & Engineering Permits

The Traffic Engineering and Stormwater Services Divisions are responsible for administering the Environmental and Engineering Permits of the development process within the city limits.


Driveway Permits

The Traffic Engineering Division of the Transportation Department is responsible for the driveway permit process to ensure the driveway is properly located, sized and constructed to maintain safe street and pedestrian traffic. In the event that you will be installing, reconstructing or eliminating a driveway that connects to a city maintained street or a North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) maintained street within the city limits, you must obtain a driveway permit. Use the following criteria to decide if you need a City of Asheville permit application:

  • A driveway for a single family residential property connecting to city maintained street.
  • A driveway for a single family residential property connecting to NCDOT maintained street within the city limits.
  • A driveway for a commercial property connecting to city maintained street.

Depending on the of type development that the driveway will serve, complete the driveway section of the Single Family Residential Application or the Commercial/Multi-Family Application.

Use the following criteria to decide if you need a NCDOT driveway permit application:

  • A driveway for a commercial property connecting to NCDOT maintained street within the city limits.

If the driveway is for a single family residential, multi-family or commercial properties connecting to private streets within the city limits, a driveway permit is not required.

When submitting the City of Asheville permit application, please include of the following permit fees:

  • Residential: $100.00 per driveway opening
  • Commercial: $200.00 per driveway opening

Please go to the driveway inspection page for information on driveway construction criteria and driveway inspection.

Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the following documents:

City of Asheville City Maintained Street Inventory
NCDOT Driveway Permit Application


Grading, Stormwater, & Flood Permits

The Development Services is responsible for the grading permit process to help ensure measures are taken to prevent erosion/sediment/pollutants from leaving your development site during grading and construction. The division is also in charge of the stormwater permit process for developments that must retain additional stormwater runoff on their property to reduce the impact on adjacent properties. Finally, the division handles the flood permit process to prevent changes in flood hazard areas during grading and construction. 

The Unified Development Ordinance requires that developments obtain a grading permit to help insure measures are taken to prevent erosion/sediment/pollutants from leaving your development site during grading and construction.

A grading permit is required for all development. Depending on the type of development proposed, complete the grading section of the Single Family Residential Application or the Commercial/Multi-Family Application.

No permit is necessary if grading less than 500 square feet.

If the disturbed area is 500 square feet but less than 10,000, a sketch plan must be submitted for review with the permit application showing the disturbed area and the proposed erosion control measures. If the disturbed area is 10,000 square feet or larger, three sets of grading plans must be completed by a professional civil engineer and submitted for review with permit application. Four sets of plans are required if the disturbed area is one acre or larger.

When submitting the City of Asheville permit application, please include the processing fee that applies to you. The amount of the fee is dependent on the square feet of the disturbed area.

After the grading and erosion control review has been completed and the plans are approved, a permit package will be issued so that erosion control measures can be installed and then the grading can begin.

During the grading and construction process, there will be periodic inspections to check that the erosion control measures are being maintained on Level II or higher development projects. 


Right-of-Way Cut Permits

The Streets Services Division of the Public Works Department is responsible for the right-of-way cut permit to ensure asphalt, concrete, brick, and dirt cuts that are made within the right-of-way of 

City maintained streets

for the purposes of installing or repairing public and private utilities are restored back to City standards. 

In the event that you, a contractor, or utility companies will be cutting asphalt, concrete, brick, or dirt surfaces within City maintained street right-of-ways or cutting sidewalks within NCDOT right-of-ways inside the City limits, then excavating the sub surface for the purpose of installing or repairing public or private utilities as well as above ground infrastructure, all parties are required to obtain a Right-of-way Cut Permit.

In addition to a Right-of-way Cut Permit for cutting sidewalk within NCDOT right-of-ways inside the City limits, it is advised that the NCDOT be contacted to determine if the type of work being done will require a NCDOT Encroachment Agreement.

You must apply for the Right-of-way Cut Permit at the Streets Division of the Public Works Department located on the 2nd Floor of  the Public Works Building at 161 S. Charlotte St. and be able provide the following information along the payment for the permit fee:

Address nearest to the location of the cut.
Name of the nearest intersecting street.

  • Length and width dimensions of the cut.
  • Type of surface to be cut.
  • Progress schedule of project when exceeding 10 days.

The minimum size of a Right-of-Way Cut Permit is 25 square feet.

The fee for the permit must be paid at the time it is applied for. The fee is $4 per square foot (a minimum of 25 square feet, at a total $100). $5000 is the maximum permit fee for cuts totaling 1250 square feet or larger. The City accepts cash, check, or credit card as payment for the permit.

In the event that our inspectors have found that cut size is less than the one applied for, but not less than minimum allowed, the applicant will be refunded amount of the difference. If the cut is larger, the applicant will be billed the amount of the difference.

There are two situations where you can be fined. First, failure to complete the cut repair or correct the cut repair rejected by the inspector within the time allotted on the permit and will result in a fine of $100 per day. Second, failure to obtain a permit will result in an initial fine of $250 and an additional fine of $100 per day until

the proper permit is attained, but not to exceed a maximum total of $5000.

The cut must be repaired and inspected within 10 working days. If the work cannot be completed within that time, please contact the Streets Division to request an extension at no additional cost. All extensions must be requested and approved in writing at least 48 hours prior to the initial expiration date of the permit.  If the work is not completed within the 10 working days without getting a time extension, a fine of $100 per day will be charged until the work is completed or an extension is approved.

Always erect and maintain proper warning signs and barricades as well as establishing traffic control while working near or within the City maintained street right-of-way as found in the current edition of the MUTCD manual. In the event that a sidewalk, one lane of traffic, or the entire street will need to be temporarily closed, please apply for a Temporary Closure Permit with the Transportation Department.

Once the cut repair is completed, contact Engineering Services Division request an inspection. The Inspector will evaluate the repair to see that it has been done in accordance with the City of Asheville Standard Specifications and Details Manual. Once the repair has been accepted, that will begin a 2 year warranty period.


Contact Information

Traffic Engineering Division
City Hall, Mezzanine Floor
P. O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Main Line: (828) 259-5943

Development Services Department
Public Works Building, 161 South Charlotte Street
P. O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Main Line: (828) 259-5846

Street Services Division
Public Works Building, 161 South Charlotte Street
P. O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday
Main Line: (828) 259-5852

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