Patio, driveway, sidewalk, parking space

The processes outlined in this section applies to the construction of a hard scape feature such as a patio, driveway, sidewalk, outdoor tennis court, or parking area on private property. Please note different processes depending on the amount of disturbed land area.

Disturbing Less Than 2,000 Square-feet of Land Area
Submission Requirements
  • Completed Zoning Permit Application (PDF)
  • Basic Development Plan (1 copy), delineating the following. A design professional is not required for the preparation of a basic development plan
    • Accurate shape and dimensions of the lot
    • Adjoining streets and alleys
    • Location and dimensions of all existing structures and hard scape features on the lot
    • Hard scape feature material type
    • Proposed location and dimensions hard scape feature(s)
  • Floodplain Elevation Certificate, if in Special Flood Hazard Area.
  • Certificate of Appropriateness, if located in an H-1 or H-2 historic district.
Other Permits That May be Required
The Right-of-Way Excavation Permit may be required, if applicable including but not limited to driveway connections to the right-of-way, installation of public sidewalks, and utility connections.

Review Process
Once your permit application has been deemed complete and initialized in our system (you will receive a Permit Submission Confirmation Letter) City staff has 10 business days for zoning review. You may receive comments from City staff if additional information is needed to complete a thorough review. An Additional Submissions Form must accompany any resubmission of plans or information.

Zoning permits are reviewed for compliance with Chapter 36.2, Zoning Code, City of Roanoke.

Visit the City of Roanoke's Real Estate GIS page to determine your property's zoning designation.

Fees
Fees are due at time of permit issuance. The fee for a zoning permit is $25.

Expiration
If work described in the zoning permit has not begun within 6 months from the date of issuance, the permit will expire. An extension may be granted by the Zoning Administrator at their discretion at the written request of the applicant within 90 calendar days of the expiration of the original zoning permit.

Disturbing 2,000 Square Feet of Land Area or More
See Comprehensive Development Plan (PDF) and Land Disturbance Permit process. The following may also be required:
  • Certificate of Appropriateness, if located in an H-1 or H-2 historic district.
  • Right-of-Way Excavation Permit, if applicable including but not limited to driveway connections to the right-of-way, installation of public sidewalks, and utility connections.