The City requires permits for conducting any type of activity in or along public streets and sidewalks that may impede traffic flow or pedestrian activity. Permits are required to build and connect a new commercial driveway, conduct parades, block streets or sidewalks, work in the street or sidewalk or move a house.
Commercial Driveway Permits
A driveway permit is required when either newly building a driveway or repairing or modifying an existing driveway. Learn more.
House Moving Permits
A house moving permit is required to move a house on public streets. A police escort is required for houses in excess of 8 feet wide or 12 feet, 6 inches tall.
House moves along major routes are required to take place on Sundays from 6-10 am. When a building is to be moved along a street in Greensboro that is maintained by the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT), a permit must also be obtained from NCDOT.
Applications for House Move Permits must be made five days prior to move. House move permits are obtained from:
300 W. Washington Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Business Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
Lane Closure Permits
A permit to block a sidewalk and/or street is required whenever a portion of a sidewalk and/or street is to be blocked in any way that will alter traffic flow, affect parking, or alter pedestrian patterns.
Lane Closure Fees:
- Major Thoroughfares (non-peak): $35 per day per lane
- Major Thoroughfares (peak): $70 per day per lane
- Other city streets (non-peak): $10 per day per lane
- Other city streets (peak): $20 per day per lane
Sidewalk and Parking Spaces/Loading Zones (CBD)
- Sidewalks: $10 per day per sidewalk
- Unmetered On-Street Parking Spaces/Loading Zones: Equivalent to the cost of metered parking spaces per day; $5 per day per space.
- Metered Parking Spaces: $10 per day per space; subject to change based on User Fee Structure of Parking Operations.
Sidewalk and Parking Spaces/Loading Zone
- Sidewalks/Shoulders: $2 per day per sidewalk/shoulder
- On-Street Parking Spaces/Loading Zone: $2 per day per space/zone
Peak hours are defined as 7-9 am and 4-6 pm Mondays through Fridays, however, peak hour closures are not permitted without special approval. A $15 application fee will be applied to the opening of new permits, not extensions. Permits stand to be revoked by a City of Greensboro official should the holder fail to follow the stated conditions of the permit.
Permits to block a sidewalk and/or street shall be issued in accordance with all the requirements of Chapter 18, Article III, and Chapter 26, Article I of the Greensboro Code of Ordinances, Chapter XXIV of the North Carolina State Building Code, Part VI of Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and with the City’s Work Area Traffic Control Handbook published by the Greensboro Department of Transportation, and of any other limitations that may be set forth in the permit.
All permits to block travel lanes should conform to the City of Greensboro Peak Hour Traffic Disruption Policy.
For more information, or to inquire about obtaining a permit for a lane closure, call 336-373-CITY (2489)
The City's Special Events office issues permit for parades as well as other special events. Greensboro Police Department coordinates the route of parades with Traffic Engineering staff. Visit the Special Events website for more information.