The streets in Fayetteville are maintained and operated by either the City or the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Driveways and other access connections to streets are a major contributor to traffic congestion and adverse roadway operations such as motor vehicle accidents. Indiscriminate roadside development and unregulated access connections result in diminished highway capacity, increased driver and pedestrian conflicts, and an increase in traffic accidents. As a result, the City and the NCDOT have established criteria that regulate the location, design, and operation of access connections or driveways. The Driveway Permit is the procedure used by the City to regulate how driveways or other accessways connect to streets operated and maintained by the City.
Driveways or access connections to streets operated and maintained by the State require NCDOT review and approval, and are not part of this Driveway Permit procedure. Applicants should contact the City to determine if the proposed street access connection will be made to either a City-maintained versus a NCDOT-maintained street. In some cases, both the City and the State have jurisdiction over proposed street connections, and in these cases, joint review should occur (though separate Driveway Permits will be issued from both the City and NCDOT).
Driveway Permits are not required for new single-family development, but are required for all other forms of new development in the City. Applications for Driveway Permits should be submitted early in the Site Plan or Subdivision Plan review process as a means of ensuring proper development configuration based upon the allowable location and configuration of street access.
The City strongly encourages applicants for larger developments to participate in a pre-application conference with City and State traffic engineers (if appropriate), to determine the optimal location and configuration for street access connections. Approval of a Site Plan or Subdivision Plan does not guarantee approval of a Driveway Permit by the City or NCDOT. Failure to secure a Driveway Permit prior to construction or redevelopment may result in the inability to develop in accordance with approved plans, or the removal of existing street access connections at the applicant’s expense.