You need a permit to make changes to a curb near your property. You may not modify a curb on your own – the City of Markham must be involved.
Curbs are concrete barriers that demarcate the edges of urban roads. A “curb cut” is the part of the curb that is lower, or depressed. Curb cuts make it easier for cars to cross a curb, such as into a driveway. If you want to change the curb by widening or creating a new curb cut, you need a permit.
We charge a fee for curb modifications. The fee covers a site inspection and an assessment of which changes you can make.
To find out the size of changes you can make, please read By-law 158-93.
The City of Markham has rules around the size and weight and size of commercial vehicles. If your vehicle is bigger than the allowable weight or size for a Markham road, you can request a permit. There are three sets of rules:
Year-Round Load Restrictions, By-Law 2012-54
Low-volume rural roads that have not been upgraded to modern road standards are posted as “half load roads.” On these roads, you can only have loads of 5 tonnes per axle.
Spring Load Restrictions, By-Law 2012-53
For roads not listed in By-law 2012-53, your load must weigh 5 tonnes per axle or less between March 1 and April 30. The Director of Operations can also add other restrictions. The City doesn’t usually allow vehicles to request a change to rules during Spring Load Restrictions.
Other Roads and Times of Year
Roads not subjected to Year-Round or Spring Load restrictions follow the weights and size restrictions listed in the Highway Traffic Act.