Driveway Permits


Driveway permits are issued for new construction and for improvements to existing driveways--such as paving any existing gravel/earth driveway, or resurfacing an existing paved driveway or access. The intention of the driveway permit is to ensure proper drainage from the private driveway access to the public right-of-way on City accepted streets. The fee for a driveway permit is $35. 

Approval by Planning Department Required

Modifications to driveways for the following must be approved by the Planning Department prior to issuance of a driveway permit by Public Works:

  • Any modification to an existing single family residence when the driveway will be greater than 1,500 square feet
  • Converting green space to a paved surface when the conversion is between 100 and 1,500 square feet.
  • For dwellings that have greater than two units
  • Any commercial establishment

Removal of Existing Curbing

Any driveway modification proposing the removal of existing curbing will require a site inspection and prior approval of the Department of Public Works before the issuance of a permit. The homeowner or the contractor normally obtains the driveway permit.  A representative from the Dept. of Public Works must inspect the work while the contractor is performing the work. Therefore the homeowner/contractor must schedule the inspection a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

Private Developments / Roads

When connecting a driveway to a private road, the driveway permit application is used to confirm that the City’s greenspace requirement is met. The entity that owns the private road (typically a Home Owners’ Association) regulates the driveway’s specifications.       

State (New Hampshire Department of Transportation ) Roads

If you plan to  connect a driveway to a State (NH DOT) road, do not fill out a City of Laconia Driveway Permit. Instead contact District 3 of the NH DOT  at (603)271-3734. 

State (NH DOT) roads within Laconia include:

  • Belmont Road (South of the intersection with Grant St.)
  • Endicott Streets North and East (all)
  • Meredith Center Road (all)
  • Parade Road (North of Lexington St.)
  • Province Road (South of the intersection with Housell Ave.)


City Driveway Policy (guidance for single family and duplex residential properties)

Axis Tax Maps (may be useful to draw a sketch)

Online Permit Applications

Apply for a Driveway Permit.

The DPW has also developed a permit to allow safe, temporary access to those parcels that are being logged or are under construction. The Temporary Logging/Construction Permit still requires compliance with current zoning regulations and city policies. If you have questions about which permit you require, call us at 528-6379. 

Apply for a Temporary Logging/Construction Driveway Permit