Town of Ridgefield, CT
Fairfield County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Ridgefield 6-5-1974 as Ch. 13, Art. III of the 1974 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire zones — See Ch. 183.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 310.
[Amended 4-8-1992; 11-17-2004]
A. 
No person shall construct, build or establish any driveway abutting any Town highway, accessway, or private road without first obtaining a permit from the Director of Public Services.
B. 
The Director of Public Services or his or her designee may, at his or her sole discretion, require a permit in the case of a major renovation of or an addition to an existing residence. In determining the need for a permit, the following, but not limited to the following, may be considered:
[Added 6-17-2009]
(1) 
Whether the work to be accomplished requires the existing driveway be used for access by large machines or vehicles; or
(2) 
Whether a temporary driveway is required.
[Amended 3-23-1977; 9-14-1988; 11-17-2004]
A. 
Before any permit to construct, build or establish any driveway is issued, the permittee shall provide a cash deposit or a bond to the Director of Public Services in the amount of $500.
B. 
The cash deposit or bond required by this chapter will not be released until the work has been accomplished in the manner set forth in this chapter. If the work is not completed within one year after the date of the permit, the Director of Public Services may revoke the deposit and use the funds to pay for the completion of the work.
C. 
In the case of a renovation or addition as described in § 155-1B above, bonds shall be refunded upon the issuance of a certificate of occupancy. In the event the renovation or addition in not completed in one year, said bond may, at the sole discretion of the Director of Public Services or his or her designee, be forfeited.
[Added 6-17-2009]
[Amended 4-8-1992]
In the case of driveway construction, the area between the existing paved or traveled portion of the Town highway, accessway or private road and the owner's property line shall be constructed in the following manner:
A. 
The area shall have a base of bank-run gravel or broken stone at least six inches in depth.
B. 
The area shall be surfaced with two inches of asphaltic concrete properly compacted and so graded that the flow of water in the highway, accessway, or roadway gutter will not be impeded and that water will not flow from the highway, accessway, or roadway into the driveway.
C. 
Where unusual drainage conditions exist, the construction must conform to any special requirements which the Director of Public Services may specify.
The person to whom a permit is issued shall prosecute the work diligently at all times, and the manner of working shall be under the immediate direction of the Director of Public Services. Failure to conform to the Director's direction shall be cause for revocation of the permit.
The person constructing or building a driveway shall, at all times, keep the adjoining highway free of loose material. If excessive dusting occurs, calcium chloride shall be applied in such amounts as to minimize inconvenience to the adjacent landowners and the traveling public.
During the course of the work, proper barricades and lights shall be erected and maintained to protect the public. If, in the judgment of the Director of Public Services, adequate safeguards have not been taken, he may cause the situation to be rectified and the cost of doing so shall be deducted from the bond or cash deposit.
Upon completion of the work covered by the permit, all disturbed surfaces shall be restored to their original condition insofar as is reasonably possible, and the person to whom the permit was issued shall be responsible for maintaining the newly surfaced areas for a period of one year after the work is completed.