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Apply for a Curb Cut

Inspectional Services

Anyone wanting to make or change a cut in the curb of the street, such as in constructing, moving or removing a driveway must first obtain a permit from the City of Cambridge. The placement of curb cuts can have significant impacts on the safety and quality of life of the surrounding neighborhood. The City will review each permit application with due consideration to the applicant’s desire for the curb cut and public welfare.

How to Start

  1. Register for a user account with the permitting software, if you do not have one already. This is a cloud-based interface that may be accessed from any type of computer, hand-held device or web browser.
  2. Log into the online permitting portal.
  3. Fill out the application and upload required documentation in PDF format. You will have the option to save an unfinished application and complete it at a later date.
  4. Once submitted, an email link to a copy of the application will be available to you.

  5. Upload required attachments as a PDF
    • Plot plan (survey)
    • Abutters forms
    • If unable to obtain abutter’s signatures, include a statement indicating an attempt was made
  6. Inspectional Services will review the application. 
  7. Upon approval ISD will electronically approve the application and notify the City Clerk. Additional relevant departments will review application
  8. Following all approvals by the City departments and once City Clerk receives a response from the neighborhood association, application will be placed on the City Council agenda for their approval. 


Zoning requirements for curb cuts are detailed in Section 6.40 of the Zoning Ordinance. One of the more significant requirements is that a curb cut cannot be located closer than 25 feet to a street intersection or within 15 feet of a crosswalk.

The City Clerk will notify neighborhood associations in the area of the petitioner and will send a copy of this notification to the applicant. The association may make a written request for an additional week of review time. Notification will include a copy of the plot plan or drawing submitted with the application and will request that the neighborhood association inform the City Clerk whether it approves or disapproves of the application. Petitioners are urged to contact their neighborhood association early to avoid delay.

For approved applications, the private contractor is responsible for posting a bond and obtaining a permit from DPW. The work must be inspected by DPW for City standards before the bond is released.

Additional Information

Assuming that the curb cut permit process proceeds through the approval process smoothly, and that the City Council is not in recess, the application process usually takes approximately four to six weeks. Building permits in conjunction with a curb cut will not be approved until City Council approval is obtained.

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