One of the best parts of living in Oregon is the ability to own a large tract of rural land. With mountain views, forested lands, and abundant wildlife, purchasing several acres of undeveloped land is possible for many of our residents. One of the first tasks many landowners will need to complete is constructing a functional entranceway to their property. A common question is, “Do I need a permit to build a driveway?” The answer depends on the specific situation and where the property is located.
Chances are, you’ll need a permit to build a driveway in Jackson County, Oregon.
Driveway permits in Jackson County, Oregon, are called “road approach permits.” Anytime a property owner is making a modification or new connection to a road within the county, the owner must obtain a road approach permit. Plans are evaluated to ensure the driveway will maintain a high level of safety and meet county construction standards for approval and permitting.
Some examples of when a road approach permit is required in Jackson County include:
- Driveway access to a new development
- Driveway to a pasture or barn property
- Driveway for RV parking
- A second driveway to complete a circular drive
- Widening an existing driveway
- Paving an existing driveway
If your driveway will connect to an Oregon Highway, that will require a permit, too.
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) requires landowners to obtain a road approach permit anytime a connection or “approach” to an Oregon highway will be created or modified. Examples they provide include:
- Construction of a new private highway approach
- Changing the use of an existing approach or connection
- Constructing a temporary approach
- Construction of a special-use approach
- Permitting an existing grandfathered connection
- Improving an existing approach or connection
- Permitting an existing unpermitted connection
Similar requirements exist in many other municipalities and counties in Oregon and beyond. Property owners should also be aware that the application process typically includes a fee and may take several weeks for review and approval.
Choose ExcavationOregon to build a new driveway on your property.
There are several reasons to choose a professional excavation company to build your driveway. We’ll ensure it’s constructed correctly the first time, from clearing the land to leveling the ground and laying an appropriate gravel foundation. Our experienced team will also assess your ground and recommend the installation of culverts or other drainage systems to keep your driveway and property in good condition for decades to come. And best of all, we’ll complete all the permitting processes for you, so you can sit back and relax while we do all the leg work. Contact us today to learn more about the services Excavation Oregon provides.