Permitting - Many towns on Long Island require you go through a permitting process to ensure your asphalt driveway contractor is licensed, insured, and in good standing with the town. While this permitting process is typically very fast, every municipality has a different method of applying for and obtaining the permit. Not every area will require a permit, so do your research before you hire a driveway company! A good first step would be to do research online with regards to your town's specific code and permitting requirements, and then contacting Town Hall with any questions. Atlas Asphalt is looking forward to working with you on your project!
Distance from Property Line - In most Long Island areas, we see legislation that mandates you maintain a 2 to 4 foot distance from the property line. This means that the outside edge of your border should not touch the property line. While Atlas Asphalt will do our best to accommodate local regulations for new driveway installs, it is up to homeowners to ensure they are aware of the property line, their neighbors are okay with the new driveway, and the town will accept the new driveway layout.
Right of Way - Typically, the town you live in will own the first several feet of your property. While this means they can dictate what may or may not be placed in this area, local municipalities are understanding of homeowners' needs. Every home has a driveway, and we are seeing increasing instances of light columns, stone mailboxes, and new curbing in the right of way. While Atlas Asphalt can install anything you may want to complement your new driveway, it is best to contact your local leadership with specific questions about if you can replace your sidewalk, replace your curb, replace your driveway, or change the layout.
Does a driveway affect my taxes? - While replacing an asphalt driveway with concrete may raise your taxes, asphalt typically does not change your property taxes. To be sure, ask your local leadership if your specific municipality has differing rules regarding the property tax change due to a new driveway.
While the contractor search may be daunting, hiring the right asphalt company for your project is critical to ensuring the new driveway lasts for years to come. Many contractors will cut corners where possible, leading to poor workmanship, and ultimately a prematurely failing driveway. Give us a call today to see how Atlas Asphalt can work with you on your new driveway or patio.