The driveway apron, also known as the approach, is the 8 to 15 feet of the hardscaping located closest to the road. It's usually made from the same material as the rest of the driveway and indistinguishable in appearance, but any homeowner who has ever looked into widening or repairing the driveway likely knows it as, indeed, its own part.
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Driveway aprons, along with sidewalks, are often owned and regulated by local building codes because they're considered public access.
This makes replacing yours complicated. Homeowners may be surprised to find they don't own the driveway apron yet are responsible for maintaining it-a local Code Compliance officer may even ask that it be updated. That degree of responsibility varies: Some communities will pay a portion of installation costs, while others require the homeowner to cover the expenses. Failure to make repairs or installations up to code can result in a fine and a mandated do-over. Or, the city may tear out and replace your non-compliant driveway apron and then bill you for it!
Check with the local building authority to find out how your community handles these issues.
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