Driveway permits have been required for all access made onto Borough roads since 1984. Because the permit ensures safety measures are being met, there are no grandfather rights for driveways. Whether it was built as part of a homestead or access for new construction, every access onto a Borough right-of-way requires a permit. If your property makes access to a state or city road, please check with that jurisdiction regarding permit requirements.
Once permitted, any substantial change to the driveway within the right-of-way, or any change in land use requiring a different standard from that which the driveway permit was issued, requires a new permit. For example, if the builder obtained a permit for an access that is 12 feet wide and you wish expand the driveway to 20 feet wide, a new permit would be required. If a driveway was approved for a low volume commercial use such as a boutique, photography studio, or cultivation facility, and then becomes a higher volume commercial use such as a coffee shop, apartment building, or retail facility, then a new permit will also be required. Changes to the driveway or parking area that are on private property does not require a permit.
Applications can be submitted electronically by going to the Borough website www.matsugov.us and clicking on the eCommerce icon. Paper applications can be downloaded from the the link below.
Click the link to start the ONLINE Application process - Driveway Permit
- Complete the Driveway Permit Application
- Have cash or check made payable to Matanuska-Susitna Borough or MSB
- Identify (flag) the physical driveway location on property
To learn more about the new driveway ordinance, click this link to go to the Driveway Ordinance project page:
Once an application is received it is assigned to a right-of-way inspector. The inspector will perform a site visit to verify the driveway is compliant with applicable Borough standards. The inspector will look at site specific conditions such as proposed location in relation to intersections and other driveways, adequate sight distance for safe access, culvert/drainage needs, etc.
Authorization to Construct
Once the initial inspection is complete, The Permit Center will send the applicant a letter stating the driveway is “Authorized for Construction”.
This letter will contain the specific requirements such as culvert requirements, paving requirements or any other issues that need to be addressed in order to obtain final approval. The applicant has one year from the date of the authorization letter to construct the driveway and request a final inspection from the Permit Center.
If the driveway cannot be authorized as submitted the Permit Center will send the applicant notification.
The inspector will perform another site visit to verify the driveway has been constructed in accordance with Borough Standards. There is no additional fee for this inspection.
Once driveway construction has been approved, the applicant is sent the Final Acceptance letter. For applications submitted after July 1, 2018 a refund of the deposit will be processed.