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Steep driveway code

CBOGUY

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Any building codes to tackle steep driveway issues In residential driveway? Tried to post a picture.

Thanks
 

fatboy

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No, the building codes do not address steepness of driveway, or even driveways for that matter. Poor lot design/planning is usually the issue.
 

cda

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Or nature of the beast

Some people like to look over their kingdom,,,

Or live in San Francisco
 

Mark K

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Not everything is regulated. Could be that the building owner drives a 4 WD vehicle used for off road travel.
 

Mark K

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I would excavate the driveway to allow a garage at sidewalk level and convert original garage into living space. other option would be to abandon driveway and rely on street parking only.
 

fatboy

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We had a situation where a house the was funded by our Urban Renewal Authority, and based on required flood plain base elevations, the foundation was elevated almost to the point of Mark's last picture. Over 7' rise from sidewalk to garage floor, in 25'.

After dealing with for a year, a north side elevation to boot (Northern Colorado), they decided to demo the slab in the garage, and drop it 2'. We rolled the dice and allowed it, even though technically, in an unheated garage, the frost depth should had stayed at 30" on the inside also.

It has been 5 years or so, no problems, still a steep driveway, but better.
 
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