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Q&A: Cement work/usage in Layton City

Article Published 08/11/2014

Cement, if properly used, can enhance a yard and save on maintenance and upkeep. However, some homeowners may get carried away with the use of concrete and not consider future underground access.

Here’s some Q&A on cement use in Layton: 

Q: Do I need a permit to do cement work on my property?

A: Most flatwork projects do not require a permit. However, it is strongly recommended that you contact a Building Inspector in the Community and Economic Development Department.  

Q: Is it wise to cement all of my park strip area, between my sidewalk and the curb? 

A: While it may be permissible to do, it is not recommended. One of the primary purposes of the park strip is to house utility lines. If the utility company needs to repair those lines, the concrete will be removed and any repair or replacement will be the homeowner's responsibility. Further, this is a snow storage area and if the surface is concrete, the snow melt will come back across the sidewalk, freezing at night and causing a problem for pedestrians. Cement should also not be placed in a park strip with existing trees, or near the lid/cover of the water meter box. 

Q: Do I need to be aware of any utility lines, or future access thereof, as I pour cement on my property?

A: Yes. As has been mentioned, you need to ensure you do not interfere with access to utilities or interfere with the purpose of any utility easements, which often include drainage. Identify all utility easements prior to starting any project.

Q: Where can I, or cement companies, drain and clean out their excess cement at the end of a pouring session?

A: No one should dump excess cement into the gutter. This practice is illegal and will stain the curb at the least and could leave very difficult to remove pieces of cement on top of the gutter. Not only does this stain the curb, but the slurry material from the concrete can enter the storm drain system and potentially clog, or create a backup in the line. Please contact the City immediately and please take note of the company doing so. The fresher the cement, the easier it is to get it cleaned up. The City will then contact that company and take the necessary actions. A better location for dumping/cleaning is along the park strip. Then, after the material/debris dries, it can chipped out.

Q: I’ve heard you can’t legally park a vehicle or trailer on dirt or grass in Layton City, is that true?

A: Yes. A hard surface is required for all vehicles and/or recreational vehicles. The reason is that otherwise when moved the vehicle will create ruts in the ground and when wet conditions exist, will track mud and dirt onto the sidewalk and roadway, creating a nuisance.

Layton City’s Code essentially says that if any part of a property is being used to park vehicles, it must be properly graded for drainage, surfaced with concrete, asphalt, road base, or gravel and maintained in good condition.