The street terrace is the space that lies between the sidewalk and the curb. The following street terrace improvements require a Street Terrace Permit from the Engineering Division:

  • Residential driveway aprons (less than 5 parking stalls)
  • Sidewalk replacement (may require different permitting depending on amount of work)
  • Minor landscaping in the right of way (bricks and pavers, retaining walls, stairways) – subject to approval
  • Installation of terrace rain garden

Process Overview

  1. Apply for Permit

    Note: All contractors performing any work in the City right of way need to be prequalified by the City of Madison.

    Apply Online

  2. Permit Review

    Allow 5 – 7 business days for review.


  3. Completion

    Permit issued by City Engineering upon successful review. Follow directions on permit for inspection prior to the start of construction.

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