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New or modified curb cut (driveway cut) must be approved prior to the Cambridge Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department’s Building Permit approval.

In order to apply for a curb cut, the property owner must first fill out the Online Permit Application at Application for Driveway Cuts and Openings.

Once the online application is properly filled out and submitted:

  1. Reviewed by Inspectional Services and, if approved
  2. Electronically sent on to Traffic, Parking and Transportation, the Historical Commission and the Cambridge DPW. Once approved by these City departments, the application
  3. Goes before the City Council for final approval. Once the City Council approves the curb cut, the
  4. The applicant will have the driveway constructed by a private contractor who is responsible for posting a bond with the City Clerk and obtaining a permit from DPW before any work is commenced.

The Cambridge Traffic, Parking and Transportation curb cut guidelines include the following: 

  • Curb cuts shall be per Cambridge DPW specifications.
  • Curb cuts must have safe sightlines (minimum 20-foot visibility in both directions) for motorists entering the roadway or crossing a public sidewalk.
  • Concrete sidewalks should continue level across the driveway curb cut. 
  • Driveway slopes must not exceed 7.5% within 15-feet of a public sidewalk or roadway.
  • Curb cuts shall be maximum 20-feet wide in Residential districts and maximum 30-feet wide in Open Space, Business and Industrial districts (Zoning Ordinance 6.43.3).
  • Site Plans must show driveway and curb cut widths, slopes and distance from nearest intersection.

Contact Jeff Parenti, Senior Traffic Engineer via email, jparenti@cambridgema.gov or call 617-349-4715 for additional information.

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