QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
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Q. HOW DO I KNOW IF I COMPLY WITH
A. If you have not altered the driveway since
you purchased your house, it should meet
the requirements. Most older homes should
www.richmondhill.ca DRIVEWAY APRON
not be affected. You will, however, have to
take measurements of the width and depth of or contact the BY-LAW
your front yard and the width of your driveway
to see that they meet the By-law provisions. By-law Enforcement Office
Q. HOW DO I KNOW IF I CAN WIDEN MY
A. Measure your front yard and check the (905) 771-0198
By-law provisions for that width. You will
also have to ensure that at least 45 per cent of or
your front yard is landscaped to permit the
maximum width of the driveway for your lot.
Q. WHAT IF I HAVE A DRIVEWAY THAT IS
WIDER THAN THE NEW STANDARDS?
A. If the driveway was widened legally and in
accordance with the area Zoning By-law
and Driveway By-law prior to the
passing of the new By-law, it is legal. If Please take a moment and
it was not widened legally, then you will be
required to reduce the width of the driveway
read about the new
to meet the standards of the new By-laws. By-law requirements.
If you have any questions regarding
the Front Yard Parking and Driveway
Apron By-law, contact the Town’s By-law
Enforcement Office. Produced by the Communication Services Division,
Office of the CAO; last updated July 2008.
FRONT YARD PARKING THE NEW STANDARDS Diagram 2:
During 2002, Council investigated problems with front 1. In any Residential or Rural Residential Zone, no Lots greater than 9.0 m and less than
yard parking within the Town. At public meetings held vehicle shall be parked or stored in a required 18.0 m in frontage width
in the fall of 2002 and the spring of 2003, residents front yard or required exterior side yard other
expressed their concerns about the unsightliness of than in a LEGAL driveway used to gain direct
front yard parking, the decrease in property values access to a garage, carport, underground garage
as a result of the unsightliness and the potential for or identified parking structure.
derelict and/or commercial vehicles to be parked on
residential properties. 2. In any Residential or Rural Residential Zone, the House Garage
Council requested various reports on this issue, maximum width of a driveway shall be 3.0 m and
surveyed a number of other municipalities and 4.25 m for the driveway apron for residential lots
considered various alternative approaches to the front having frontages of less than 9.0 m; 6.0 m for lots
yard parking issue. After hearing from the Town’s having less than 18.0 m frontage and 9.0 m for
residents, Council adopted By-law 84-03, the basic lots in excess of 18 m (Diagrams 1, 2 and 3). Driveway and
principles of which are: apron
3. In any Residential or Rural Residential Zone,
• prohibit parking in a front yard or exterior side a minimum area of 45 per cent of the required Max 6 m (20’)
yard, except on a driveway or enclosed building front yard and required exterior side yard shall
(garage); be landscaped.
• establish a minimum standard for landscaping (to
be defined) in a front yard in order to maintain 4. The access, parking and/or storage of vehicles
the aesthetics of residential neighbourhoods; is not permitted on any landscaped area of any 9.0 m - 18.0 m ( 30.0’ - 60.0’)
• establish maximum driveway widths based on front or exterior side yard.
garage and lot widths consistent with the Town’s
existing Zoning By-laws and Driveway Apron Diagram 1: Diagram 3:
• (By-law 117-08) in order to ensure consistency; Lots 9.0 m or less in frontage width Lots more than 18.0 m in frontage width
• formulate a By-law that minimizes to the greatest
extent possible, potential non-conformities,
especially in the newer developing areas.
The By-law contains a minimum landscaping House Garage House Garage
standard of 45 per cent for all required front and
exterior side yards in residential zones.
A minimum of 45 per cent of the area of a front yard
or a flankage yard shall be used for no other purpose
than landscaping. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Driveway and
where a by-law permits accessory structures or porches Driveway apron
to project into a front or flankage yard, the area of the Max 3.0 m (10’) Max 9.0 m
lot covered by the accessory structures or porches (30.0’)
shall be included in the calculation of the minimum
landscaped area. Max driveway apron of 4.25 m (14’)
9.0 m ( 30.0’) 18.0 m + ( 60.0’ +)