A driveway permit is usually a requirement of a land use process or building permit. Before applying for a permit, you should have begun a process with your land use authority and been referred to us.
A driveway permit is required for any new or altered access to a county road. In addition, some older driveways may have never received a permit and may need to be brought into compliance.
Permits are processed in the order in which they are received. They usually take about three weeks. The more complete the application, the quicker the permit will be processed.
Driveway Permit Checklist
- Right-of-way permit application
- Land use or building permit case number, if you have one
- Site plan
- Site photos (optional)
- Proof of insurance
- Traffic control plan
- Driveway deposit
- Permit fee payment (after permit application has been finalized)
See below for an existing driveway that needs a permit.
Once you've reviewed the checklist, you can download a PDF of the application that can be returned by mail or email.
Your site plan should show the location of the work, including the width of the driveway and where it meets the road.
Before we issue a permit, you must provide proof of Commercial General Liability Insurance.
For an example of proof of insurance, please see our Sample Certificate of Liability. This is a document that would be issued by your insurer.
Traffic Control Requirements
If your work plan is expected to interrupt or affect traffic, you will need to provide a traffic control plan that conforms to MUTCD standards.
If your plan includes a road or lane closure, please include the anticipated work schedule, including hours.
A deposit of $1,000 is required if you are paving or repaving a driveway. The deposit will be refunded after the driveway has been constructed and passed inspection.
The permit fee for a single driveway is $90. If your plan calls for lane closures, there is an additional fee of $84. Depending on the nature of the work, other fees may apply.
Fees will be calculated when your permit application is submitted.
Fees may be paid by phone using a credit card, at 503.988.5050. A receipt will be sent by email in PDF format.
Payment may also be made in person at our front counter, at 1600 SE 190th Ave., Portland, OR 97233.
For an older driveway that was never permitted, please submit the following:
- Permit application
- Site plan or site map (a Google map is acceptable)
- Permit fee of $90