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Old 06-20-2012, 12:20 PM
 
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Default 'Making' a Driveway

I recently purchased a home in queens that I own outright (multi family but I am the owner). Currently there is no driveway on the property. Two of the houses on the block have a driveway going into the backyard but more have a car parked in front of the home with just enough room. These homes have had their curbs cut and are not simply just parking on the sidewalk. I am not looking to do anything illegal here just curious as the process.

My home does not have a fire hydrant or tree in front and I am wondering what is the legal process to have a driveway built for the property. 311 was no help, neither was the NYC DOB. I couldnt find any previous threads with this situation. Can anyone offer some assistance?
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:30 PM
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I recently purchased a home in queens that I own outright (multi family but I am the owner). Currently there is no driveway on the property. Two of the houses on the block have a driveway going into the backyard but more have a car parked in front of the home with just enough room. These homes have had their curbs cut and are not simply just parking on the sidewalk. I am not looking to do anything illegal here just curious as the process.

My home does not have a fire hydrant or tree in front and I am wondering what is the legal process to have a driveway built for the property. 311 was no help, neither was the NYC DOB. I couldnt find any previous threads with this situation. Can anyone offer some assistance?
i would assume NYCDOT

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:51 PM
 
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you may need to a permit for the curb cut, speak to the nyc dot
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Old 06-20-2012, 04:54 PM
 
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I recently purchased a home in queens that I own outright (multi family but I am the owner). Currently there is no driveway on the property. Two of the houses on the block have a driveway going into the backyard but more have a car parked in front of the home with just enough room. These homes have had their curbs cut and are not simply just parking on the sidewalk. I am not looking to do anything illegal here just curious as the process.

My home does not have a fire hydrant or tree in front and I am wondering what is the legal process to have a driveway built for the property. 311 was no help, neither was the NYC DOB. I couldnt find any previous threads with this situation. Can anyone offer some assistance?
You need to get a permit to make a curb for a driveway. If you make one without a permit, you'll get smacked with a violation that may cost you a few thousand dollars. Call the Department of Buildings office in Queens, the number is 718-286-0600. You'll need to go down there to fill out some paperwork for the permit, but you can get the exact info by calling the office.
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Old 06-26-2012, 02:03 AM
 
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Perhaps you could introduce yourself to your neighbors with such driveways, and casually bring up the subject!
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Old 06-26-2012, 04:26 AM
 
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http://www.nyc.gov/apps/311/allServices.htm?requestType=listService&filterServ =License+-+Permit+-+Certificate&serviceName=Curb+Cut+Permit&intentId= 87D0A2FC-8138-11DE-8E9F-96DAE110FEB8
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:42 PM
 
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:27 PM
 
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And then there is the awful person on the block, EVERY block, who destroys a sidewalk and leaves his car hanging out so that walkers must crawl around and then adds the affront of assuming he has a reserved space on the street for only HIS car to park on the street when others would be towed.
When all the neighbors do the same thing the block becomes unparkable...except for the 2 and 3 car owning residents who can pile their cars into their "reserved" spots.


Best description for these neighbors: Pain in the Ass.

One of the niceties of Manhattan is that cars are not allowed on sidewalks and there are few driveways cut through them.

If you want a driveway, a garage, reserved parking, move to MORRISTOWN...or Peoria.

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Old 06-30-2012, 04:21 PM
 
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And then there is the awful person on the block, EVERY block, who destroys a sidewalk and leaves his car hanging out so that walkers must crawl around and then adds the affront of assuming he has a reserved space on the street for only HIS car to park on the street when others would be towed.
Actually they've started correcting these issues by updating the wording the zoning code. There now has to minimum of 20ft from the home to the edge of the sidewalk and also a minumum amount of lawn to be left. You'll see once in awhile a thread concerning a person getting a parking ticket while on their own property.
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:12 PM
 
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One of the niceties of Manhattan is that cars are not allowed on sidewalks and there are few driveways cut through them.

LOL... As a transportation engineer for NYC DOT, I found that humorous. Vehicles are not allowed on sidewalks anywhere in NYS, traffic laws prohibit vehicles from being parked on any pedestrian passage. (The ADA has huge fines and an entire enforcement crew just for this violation)
As fo few driveways cutting through sidewalks - have you ever noticed all of the parking garages in Manhattan. A survey was done about 10 years ago and the outcome was that nearly 50 times as many cars cross a sidewalk in Manhattan as any other borough (Queens is second).... this of it this way, a private home has one or two cars entering the driveway each day whereas a parking lot may have 100's entering and exiting each day... usually with a valet with no regard for the property (the car)
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