How can I add to my driveway or parking on my property?

For a one-unit or two-unit dwelling, a driveway may not exceed a width of 10 feet or the width of a garage to which it leads, whichever is greater.  Otherwise, a driveway and/or parking cannot be located in the front yard. All driveways must be setback from all side and rear lot lines by at least 3 feet, except where a driveway adjoins a driveway of an adjacent lot.  Additionally, there is a maximum total lot coverage (how much of the lot can be covered in structures or paving) of 50% to 80%, which depends on the zoning of the property.  Lastly, a lot cannot have more than one “parking pad”, which is defined as a “ground-level parking area of 1,200 square feet or less, not including the access driveway.”

The fee for a Zoning Certificate (PDF) is $25. However, if any of the work is proposed to be in the City Right-of-Way, a permit is also required through the Public Works Department.  See Section 150.72 for details.  The visuals below are meant to show what is not allowed and allowed for parking and driveways:

Parking Visuals  

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1. What do I need a Zoning Permit for and how long does it take?
2. Do I need a permit for a temporary shed, or a shed on skids?
3. Does my contractor need to be licensed?
4. Do I need a permit for an inflatable swimming pool?
5. Do I need a permit for a hot tub?
6. I am replacing an existing fence. Do I need a permit?
7. How close to the property line can I put my fence?
8. Is there a copy of previous site plan for my property in your office?
9. How close can my patio / driveway / sidewalk be to my property line?
10. Are there certain things that I am restricted from building on my property in my subdivision?
11. Do I have different rules since I live on a corner lot?
12. I am replacing the sign face at my business location, with no increase in the sign dimensions. Do I need a new permit?
13. How many signs are allowed for a commercial business?
14. Who do I make the check out to? Does the Planning Department accept credit cards?
15. How soon after an application has been submitted can I begin work?
16. Can I park my car in my yard?
17. Do I need a permit to have a garage sale?
18. Is it a law that I have to have the address displayed on my home or business?
19. My dog lives outside and the neighbors have informed me that he barks all of the time, am I violating any laws?
20. I am selling my home - am I allowed to place a sale sign between the curb and the sidewalk?
21. I received a citation from a Code Enforcement Officer. What do I do next?
22. I am replacing an existing structure. Do I need a permit?
23. How can I add to my driveway or parking on my property?