Rules for Renovation and Remodels in UP

Planning to build a new building or home or doing a significant addition to one in University Park?

The University Park city council April 5 approved a change to the city’s code of ordinances dealing with requirements regarding sidewalks requirements for construction of sidewalk, curb and gutter, driveways, approaches, and parking areas within the right-of-way when making improvements to a property.

The previous ordinance required construction of a new sidewalk when the value of the construction/reconstruction/remodel work exceeded $10,000. The new ordinance requires the construction of a new sidewalk when the square footage of any addition or enlargement of a structure causes the building to exceed 4,000 square feet of total floor area or causes the total square footage of all such additions to exceed the original floor area by more than 30%. The ordinance also requires replacing all existing sidewalks and curbs and gutters and driveway approaches adjacent to the property prior to final inspection or issuance of a certificate of occupancy unless the Director of Public Works or designee determines that they’re not in need of replacement. Previously, the ordinance required construction of a new sidewalk only if the public works director or designee deemed the existing sidewalks to be in disrepair.