Driveways constructed from compacted gravel, cinder, crushed stone and even dirt are typically found in older areas of the City that were built before cement or asphalt pavement was required, and are considered “grandfathered”.
While a pre-existing unpaved parking area is allowed, creating a new parking area or expanding a pre-existing driveway of gravel, cinder, crushed stone or dirt is illegal and is subject to a citation. All new parking spaces are required to be paved with asphalt, concrete or brick and all new curb cuts must lead to a paved driveway.
Expanding a driveway or making a new parking area can only be done if the property owner ensures:
That the new parking area or driveway does not exceed the impervious surface coverage according to the zoning of that residential property; and
The new or expanded parking area or driveway is paved with asphalt, brick, or concrete.
Look at this chart to determine the amount of impervious surface coverage that is permitted on your property before expanding your driveway, or making a new parking area. A property owner needs to ensure that they do not exceed the impervious surface coverage for their zoning district.
If a residential curb cut is needed to install or expand a driveway, please contact the City of Austin Right-Of-Way Management for detailed information about permitting concerning parking, driveways and sidewalks.