The time period for some borough property owners to apply for driveway permits free of charge has been extended through October 7, 2020.
On April 7, 2020, a resolution was passed by the Mat-Su Borough Assembly extending the temporary permit fee waiver for driveways built prior to September 10, 2012. This fee waiver was established to help bring unpermitted driveways into compliance with Borough code. Part of the permitting process is an inspection to verify that the driveway is safe for the traveling public and does not cause damage to the road edge that would require repairs at the taxpayers’ expense.
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, 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. Changes to the driveway or parking area that are on private property does not require a permit.
Permit applications for driveways installed after September 10, 2012 are subject to the regular fee of $50 plus the $150 deposit which will be refunded upon verification that the driveway is constructed to Mat-Su Borough Driveway Standards.
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. If you qualify for a free application we can take your information over the phone.
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
- Flag/identify 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.